I oftentimes write on things that I’ve overcame or share testimonies or some of my best practices but today I’m going to share on a challenge that has the power to cripple me! It is my hope that through my sharing, it will encourage someone else and even help me to forge ahead…
So what is that challenge, you ask? It’s only four letters, but that small word can have such a power over someone’s life.
That’s the one!
In my Christian walk fear has held me back numerous of times, even at one point causing me to almost throw away my faith completely. But I no longer want to be a slave to fear because God has already won the victory and through Him I am triumphant.
I’ve been scared to share my testimonies, because I don’t want anyone to know what I was really like, I’m afraid that I’ll end back up in a backslidden state (my biggest fear) and the list goes on! But my fears are usually grounded in my walk with Christ and thankfully my eyes are beginning to open and I’m now seeing that the enemy wishes to attack my faith through my feelings of inadequacy.
Now look at this, I’m afraid that I’ll step out of the will of God again, but instead of praying harder and reading the Bible more, this fear cripples me and results in me not feeling worthy enough to serve God! That’s what the enemy does, my fear could very well be the one thing that ensures that I remain rooted and grounded but if I fail to look beyond the fear or if I don’t bolster the courage to press on that fear will ultimately be my downfall and that’s what the enemy wants.
But we know that the devil is the prince of lies and he wishes to keep us bound in sin and he also wishes to keep us blinded from the tremendous love of the Father that is able to cast out fear [John 8: 44]. In moments when we are faced with our fears, the devil wants for us to be so focused on the emotion that we stop listening to the voice of God and forget about His words.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
Another reason why fear continues to keep us entrapped is; as Christians we are told repeatedly that fear is not of God and as a result we are not willing to openly discuss our fears. Let me just point out that nothing festers more than a hidden sin (not even a wound that has been left open to infection!), this journey is one that we cannot go alone and we have to get to a point where we become comfortable with reaching out to others for help. I’m not saying that you have to stand up in church and bare your innermost thoughts and feelings, but there must be someone who you can lean on, someone who can lend a listening ear and who will lift up your challenges before the Lord on your behalf.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16 KJV
We have to push past the fear to get to our break through and our deliverance. I have to push past my fears of not living up to my full potential in Christ and in my physical life. On the day of judgement God will not accept the excuse that “I was too scared” or “I couldn’t do it.” Nope, I have to get to a point where though fear linger in my heart and it may cause my stomach to do flips like a gymnast or cause my palms to sweat profusely that at the end of the day it’s not about me! And that’s why Paul wrote,
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 KJV
In Christ we are more than conquerors, in Him we are mighty and powerful and regardless of what my feeble flesh may say, the spirit of God that dwells within me says otherwise! I choose to listen to the Holy Spirit as it is the spirit of truth and it will never steer me wrong.
I am free from the fears of tomorrow…