I am preparing to speak at a local women’s ministry next Saturday. My message is going to be about facing your fears. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that, “It is impossible to please God without faith.” I have been stepping out in faith and facing my fears. I have always had to fight the enemy in one particular area–public speaking. I am an INTROVERT in every sense of the word. God showed me that fear entered my life as a child and I wore it like a mantle and nurtured it–feeding into it until it matured into an ugly stronghold over my life. I was almost paralyzed when I had to speak, even just one on one. It got that bad!
James 2:22 says, “You see, his faith and his actions worked together, his actions made is faith complete.” I believe that as I am being obedient to the call on my life, God will help me through my hardest challenges. If I just take that step of faith, He will do the rest. I have spoken two times publicly now, and God has not let me down. He helped me get the words out. I might not be good at it, but I did it!
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” As I started facing my fears, my faith level grew larger and larger. I know that God is with me and He is on my side. He will help me when I ask. I know — because He did!
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” The (KJV) says it like this, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” The Spirit in us is greater than the spirit of fear that is trying to stop us from achieving the plan and purpose that God has for our lives. When we have a spirit of fear, it paralyzes us. It gets such a strong grip on us, that we get tired of trying to fight it. Sometimes, we don’t even know how to fight it.
So, what can we do to fight fear? In John 5:8, the word tells us, “Then Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jesus was talking to a man that had been an invalid for 38 years. He told Jesus that he couldn’t make his way into the pool of Bethesda because nobody would help him and others would get in first and get their healing. Jesus wasn’t really interested in his excuses. If you want your healing you will get up and walk. Stop making excuses and just do it. It is really, really hard at first. But, if you make up your mind that you will do something, then you will do it.
The only way to defeat our fears is to conquer them. We must step out in faith. If we keep giving into them, we will never have the victory. You need to see yourself as victorious, as a winner!
There are a lot of scary things going on in the world today. We just had several terrorist attacks and the threats of more to come. How are we to handle this uncertainty? Do we live in fear of what’s to come? Do we hide and try to avoid others just to be on the safe side? No, we can’t bury our heads in the sand and let the enemy terrify us. Psalms 55:5 says, “Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.” We have got to trust God! If we let the enemy stop us from being free, then he has already won.
Fear will hang on tight and not let go. In Job 14:4, Job says, “Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled.” Fear will get a tight grip on us and when it has us, it’s very hard to make it let go. It won’t leave voluntarily. It won’t leave if you ask it to. It will paralyze you and ultimately kill you.
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” If God didn’t give us fear, then where did it come from? Why do we have it? The answer is that the enemy is trying to stop us with fear. Fear will keep us from our life and our expected end. Fear will keep us from going out and preaching the good news to all the nations. Fear will keep us in bondage to our mindset.
1 John 4:18 tells us, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.” We need to remember that Jesus came so that we might have a more abundant life. Not a fearful life. Not a depressed life. Not an unhealthy life. A more abundant life! Again, it’s our choice what kind of life we have. We will sometime have to fight with our own minds to take control over our thoughts and fears. Fight with the Word of God. Then you will have the victory.
Freedom from depression, fear, anxiety, and helplessness