Fear

Fear had been telling me what to do. It kept me standing in my own little safety zone, never allowing me to step out into the unknown. Fear would tell me that out in the unknown there is quite possibly pain, rejection, hurt, embarrassment and who knows what else. Fear fed me lies and kept me afraid and staying exactly where I was in my safety zone.

I heard someone say that you need to chase down your fears and at first I thought that it just sounded crazy. Why would I want to run after the things that make me afraid? And then it got me to thinking; fear is not from God so it just may be the enemy. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he feeds me lies and keeps me in a state of fear and that fear stands in the way of me stepping into the things that God has for me. It keeps me from Gods ultimate plan for my life.

Last year we entered into the world of Foster Care and became Foster parents. Fear had held me back before, feeding me lies of it is going to be hard to get registered, it will be too hurtful to see what the children have gone through, it will be too hard to let go, too hard to love them as your own. The enemy had me right where he wanted me, staying right where I was and doing nothing at all to love the least of these. But we felt the fear and did it anyway.

Fear is still a part of my life but I am learning not to let it tell me what to do anymore. I am chasing down my fears, stepping into the things that make me afraid, and it is there that I learn to overcome fear.

Stepping out and facing your fear leads to intimacy with the Lord, another thing that the enemy tries to keep you from. That is where we need God the most; we lean on Him the most, listen to Him the most, trust Him the most. All of these things create a stronger connection with the Lord. The Holy Spirit comes and fills us with His power and courage to do the things that make us afraid.

What could happen if regular people like you and me got filled with God’s Spirit and carried His power and courage? The world around us couldn’t help but be impacted and changed for the better. What if we all felt the fear and did the brave and courageous things anyway?

I want to encourage you with this verse—Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Hold onto this verse and breathe in the courage, let it soak into your spirit and let it rise within your heart and then chase down your fears one by one.

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God is not worried

though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken. Nor my covenant of peace be removed says the Lord who has compassion on you

Worry is an awful feeling. To feel anxious or troubled over something can leave you feeling unwell, you loose sleep at night because you can not turn your mind off. Worry can make you go places in your mind that you just shouldn’t go to. You begin going over ‘what if’ scenarios that cause you more stress and those ‘what if’ scenarios haven’t even happened yet. All this to say that worry is not good for us and it is not in our design to think and behave this way.

When I look up worry in the bible it is often attached to the words do not…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:35

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

There are chapters in the bible that are titled do not worry and do not be afraid but yet we still do. When worry was mentioned in the bible it never came from what God was feeling, He does not get worried. He is the king of peace, and peace and worry just do not go together.

You see God is in charge of everything and He is not worried. There is no contest between the enemy and God, because God will always win. With Him in charge the place is safe and we can relax into the freedom that comes to us when God is in charge. Our covenant with God puts us in a safe place.

Instead of reacting and praying for our situations out of fear, worry or anxiety, we should ask God what He is doing through the situation and then pray according to His response. We must align ourself with His plan and His heart.

Instead of reacting to what the enemy is doing we must instead react to what the Father is doing. Jesus is the perfect example of this, He lived in response to the Father. When we respond to something it is either from fear or love. Jesus did everything from love and we must strive to do the same.

When we remember that we are safe in and with God our trust and love will begin to grow. Our confidence will begin to rise and we will start to walk how God fully intended us to walk. We will begin to operate in our spiritual gifts that He has given us and we will start to change the world with the kingdom of heaven that we carry.

Do you feel safe and that God has got this? Or are you living with worry and anxiety over the things that you are facing? Align your thoughts with Gods thoughts for you and the situation you are facing and trust that He is for youAsk the Lord to lead you and to uphold you so that you will have the inner strength you need for those scary places you may find yourself in.

Don’t give your power away

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It was God’s plan to have man, that He created in His image to rule over all of the earth and to be the representative of God on earth.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28

God gave Adam and Eve the power to rule over the world, but when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they gave their power away to God’s enemy, the Devil. As soon as they did this the enemy was then given an open door into mans life.

Adam and Eve gave their power away, they opened the door and let the enemy walk right in. All it took was for them to listen to the lies that the enemy was whispering to them and their whole life changed.

This really challenged me and made me think, have I been giving my power away? Have I come into agreement with lies and opened the door for the enemy to walk right on in and have his way? Unfortunately I realized that the answer had been yes.

I had been partnering with fear. I was living under the lie and fear that we wouldn’t have enough, I was believing the lie that we didn’t have enough and that there would never be an abundance in my life like I had been previously used to. I had given in to the lies and to the fear and had forgotten all of the Lords promises to me. I then began to try and control my circumstances through my own strength, which was proving not to work.

Back to the garden; there was no relationship with the enemy before this moment happened, before Adam and Eve ate the fruit. There was only a relationship with the Lord.

Relationship with the Lord is the key to regaining our power, to closing the door on the enemy and silencing the lies that he tries to whisper to us. The only voice, the only words of wisdom that we should be listing to is that of the Lords.

Jesus came to seek and saved the lost (Luke 19:10) and He defeated the enemy and gained our power and authority back. He restored our relationship with the Lord and it is with Him that we can defeat the enemy.

Once I had my revelation that I given my power away to the enemy I asked the Lord to come in and help me to get it back. I asked Him to be the loudest voice in my head and to help me to silence the voice of the enemy. I reminded myself of all the promises of the Lord that we find in the word of God… the promise that He plans to prosper us, that He will take care of us and always provide for us…

I stopped trying to do things in my own strength and just laid everything at the Lords feet and asked Him to take full control and you know what, He did. He began to take full control and began to provide for me and for my family daily. I have many stories of how we received gifts and surprises, money would come in just as money needed to be sent out to pay for things, but it only started happening as soon as I gave it all to Him, as soon as I let Him take full control.

He is a good God and He is just waiting to come in and do good things for us. It is time for us to stop listening to the lies of the enemy, lies that we will never have enough or that we will never be enough. We need to take back our power and place our hope and trust in the Lord and have faith that He will always be our enough.

What are you giving your power too? What is ruling your life? What are you trying to do in your own strength that you should be giving over to the Lord?

Change : Facing change without fear.

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Fear can be one of our biggest stumbling blocks to change. We fear the unknown and we fear that we may fail but we cannot let fear hold us back from stepping into change.

We need to make an exchange with God. We need to give Him all our worries and all our fears and take on His strength and His courage. We need to increase our faith to decrease our fear.

Fear will keep us trapped where we are, resisting change and all the good and wonderful things that it can bring, but if we have the core values that God is good, that He never fails us, that He strengthens us, provides for us and will always help us then we will be free from the fear holding us back.

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

We need to hold true to our convictions and our core values and believe. To believe in the Almighty God and that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He said He will do and step into change with faith and courage.

So I encourage you to step closer to God, to feel His presence and hear His voice and receive His strength and courage. Remind yourself of all the times that you have boldly stepped out before and God has been there strengthening and upholding you. Your history with God is living proof of His love and faithfulness to you. And lastly, surround yourself with people who will encourage you and cheer you on as you embrace your new season of change.

Fear

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Just when I thought that I had done a good job kicking fear out of my life I discovered that it had made its way back in again. It was ever so subtle, but each day it was beginning to grow more and more.

I recently read this wonderful quote by Havilah Cunnington…We need to increase our faith and not just reject fear. The best weapon against fear is increased faith.

I had never thought about it that way before. Usually I take a stand and try to reject fear by making declarations over my fears, praying and aligning my thoughts with the truth. All these things are important to do but perhaps the best weapon I can have against fear is my faith?

Faith can be defined as confidence and trust. When you have complete confidence and complete trust in God you can’t be easily shaken. You fear nothing when you trust God. You have complete confidence that He will do what He said He was going to do and so you do not fear the future because you know that God is taking care of it. You have complete confidence that He loves you unconditionally so you are not afraid to seek His grace and mercy when you stumble.

So how does one increase faith?

You spend time reading the word of God letting Him speak to you through its pages, remembering the many signs and wonders that displayed Gods power, majesty and love and know that they are still happening for us today.

Listen to others tell their stories and share their testimonies of how God miraculously transformed their lives. Of how He has made a way where there seemed no way, when He opened closed doors and when He restored broken relationships.

Go back and remember your history with God. Reflect on the times He has shone through brightly in your circumstances. Remember the ways He has provided for you, uplifted you, strengthened you and comforted you.

When you take the time to do these things, your faith will increase and you will grow closer and more intimate with the Father and fear will have no stronghold over you.