Fear is a Liar
Fear is something we’ve all dealt with at some point or another. There are different types of fear. A healthy fear can keep us from harm, but too often, fear keeps us from doing what we want, or need to do. Fear stems from a lack of trust in God and it’s sourced in the lies of the enemy. Fear will paralyze us, and keep us from fulfilling our God-given purpose if we let it. It limits us and keeps us in a place we don’t belong. It keeps us from moving forward, making bold decisions, speaking up for what we believe in, and pursuing the seemingly impossible dreams in our hearts.
Fear was one of the biggest obstacles in my own spiritual journey. I tend to be a “what if” kind of girl. “What if this doesn’t go as planned? What if I fail? What if people don’t understand?” I was afraid to break out of my petty comfort zone, worried that I would fail. But if God has called us to something, why should we be afraid of it? If we’re doing His will, shouldn’t we trust that He will go before us? When our faith is rooted and grounded in Christ, we have no reason to be afraid.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
When fear begins to creep in, ask yourself why you’re afraid. What’s behind your fear? There’s always an underlying issue at the heart of fear. There’s a difference between being responsibly cautious and irrationally fearful. Fear is often based on what could happen or mere speculation. Many of the things we fear and spend so much time worrying about never actually happen.
Don’t embrace fear and become close companions with it. We need to make sure we’re not aligning ourselves with the wrong spirits. Die daily to the things that hold you back from pursuing God’s will for your life. You have a purpose! Fan into flames the gifts and dreams that God has placed in your heart. Work them out, bring them to the surface and keep them burning strong.
So, how do you overcome fear?
1. Pray yourself hot. Lay hands on yourself and declare God’s word over your life. You don’t have to wait for someone else to do it. Walk in the authority given to you by Jesus himself.
2. Do “it” scared. Face your fears head on. If something is worth doing, do it even if you’re scared believing that God will make a way.
3. Name your fears and declare freedom over them. Don’t hide your fears; identify them, examine the source and keep bringing them to God until you’re set free from them.
God doesn’t want us to be debilitated by fear, and He instructs us throughout His word to “fear not.” Have confidence in knowing that fear is a liar and that in Christ, we can truly live a fearless life!