What do you think of when you hear the word “fear”?
Wanna know what I think?
Fear is debilitating, hindering, a waste of time, unnecessary, nuisance, unhealthy.
Do you know how many times I’ve allowed fear to stop me from doing things I knew I was supposed to be doing? TOO MANY!
The best part of this blog is how much God’s been showing me how fear has no place in a believer’s life and heart just within the past week.
I think that a lot of people have normal fears. They’re valid reasons to be afraid. But what I find myself asking is “How much control do I have in these situations anyway?…… NONE!” So why worry? Why be afraid?
Overcome Fear as a Hindrance
One specific time I allowed fear to cripple me was when I first began outlining my book. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that for a while now, I’ve been talking about writing my book. I had an entire outline written out for my book. Then I reread it and started over again, because I thought, “Maybe this needs to be completely different.” Then I recreated the outline with a brand new theme for it. I wrote it out and then started thinking about all of the experience I DON’T HAVE. Guess what? I haven’t written anything in regards to my book in about a month.
With this specific task, I’ve allowed fear to hold me down for a month. Other thoughts that have crept in while I’ve been procrastinating are, “Maybe I can’t do this.” “Am I even educated enough in writing this book?” “Is God REALLY calling me to write this book?”
Let me tell you something, I know that this is a calling from the Lord because I don’t “technically” want to write it. I don’t want to bear my soul for the world to see and know about my life. I don’t want what others think of me to change. But do you see the pattern there? Those are all of the things that I don’t want. Funny thing is, that’s typically how God works with me.
I just finished reading a book that I checked out at a library (yes, libraries still exist… with REAL BOOKS). Only God could have known that I’d need that book. After reading it, I’m so pumped, freed from fear and excited to get my story out there. That’s what He’s been calling me to do, and then He provided me with what I needed in order to get back to writing the story.
Fear of not being qualified is something we all struggle with, but if we rest in the promise that He’s calling us to it, we can get the job done!
Overcome Fear Spiritually
There was a point in time where I lived in Orange County, CA for about a year and a half. I lived in a condo apartment with 2 other women. One night, the two went to visit their family’s, leaving me at the house alone… in the dark… with all the potential murderers lurking outside (you know you’ve thought these thoughts before too).
Evening came and fear came with it. I sat in my bedroom waiting for anyone to walk in. I was overcome with so much fear that I felt paralyzed. I knew I wasn’t supposed to be afraid, but I couldn’t let it go. I’d always been able to talk to my parents or siblings to help with the fear. This time I wanted to 100% depend on God.
Now, it was either I try and “sleep it off” or I turn to what I knew to be the truth.
I opened up my Bible with no particular verse in mind. I kinda just let it plop open in search of ANYTHING to comfort me.
“I love You [fervently and devotedly], O Lord, my strength.” The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me; My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower—my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death surrounded me, and the streams of ungodliness and torrents of destruction terrified me. The cords of Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. In my distress [when I seemed surrounded] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry for help came before Him, into His very ears. Then the earth shook and quaked, the foundations of the mountains trembled; They were shaken because He was indignant and angry. Smoke went up from His nostrils, and fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also and came down, And thick darkness was under His feet. And He rode upon a cherub (storm) and flew, And He sped on the wings of the wind. He made darkness His hiding place (covering); His pavilion (canopy) around Him, the darkness of the waters, the thick clouds of the skies. Out of the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, hailstones, and coals of fire. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones, and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered them; And He sent an abundance of lightning flashes and confused and routed them [in defeat]. Then the stream beds of the waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He reached from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; He rescued me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.
Psalm 18: 1-19 AMP
This is the scripture that I opened up to. He let me know WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt, that He was there fighting for me in my time of fear, coming to my rescue to chase away my fears that the enemy was entrapping me with mentally and spiritually. WHAT A PROTECTIVE AND LOVING GOD! <3 I have to admit, I was SO tempted to call my family or roommates, I’m glad I let the Lord grow me out of my fear. He’s got me EVERY TIME!!
Letting Go of Fear
Something that I agreed within myself to work on this year is to let go of fear. Let go of the hindrance it causes in my life. The longer I hold onto fear, the longer I put off what God is asking me to do with my life.
The enemy will use fear to stop so many of us from getting to the purpose and plan that God has for our lives. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It’s time to let go of fear in every aspect of life whether that’s fear of failing, fear of the unknown, fear of the past, present or future…. LET IT GO!
There is a verse saying “Do not fear” or “Fear not” for each day of the year in the Bible. Go read it. God put it there for you and me so that we would be able to live free of fear and free to live out the important purpose that He’s given us.