FEAR IS A LIAR!
Fear! It is a trap from satan to keep you, me, all who will participate, in throwing away our calling, our destiny, God’s will for our lives. Fear is an emotion of the soul. It feels very real, paralyzing you and keeping you from moving forward, but fear is a liar just like satan, the father of lies. Fear stops you in your tracks and says NO, you can’t do that. But fear is a liar!
Don’t get me wrong, I know fear! We have become buddies over the course of my 46 years of life. It’s weird, I was never afraid of the dark, monsters, scary movies or sleeping alone, no my fear was and at times if I admit it, still, is real, life-altering, heart-gripping real. Why would I say life-altering? Because when I or we allow fear to rule over us or control our actions it, in reality, alters our destinies. You see one of my fears has always been public speaking. Oh my word, the grades I have given up because of public speaking! The lives I never allowed the Lord to touch through me because of public speaking! Fear says you can’t, people will laugh at you, you’re going to look dumb, your not smart enough, pretty enough, stop you cant do it! But God says…Do not fear!
In the movie After Earth, Will Smith made the statement to his son, “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.”
The definition of Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat, anxious concern.
I want to take some time and hopefully teach you something about fear and what The Word of God says about it and show you some examples of life-altering examples of fear. But the most important thing I want to teach you is that you can live out Gods will in spite of fear. Fear doesn’t have to rule your life. Fear may very well feel real but it is just a product of your imagination, an unpleasant emotion but it doesn’t have to rule your life.
I remember when we first started pastoring a church, almost 17 years ago, I would nearly die thinking I may have to speak, my husband had asked me earlier that week to say something on Sunday morning to the congregation and I made the statement, “You don’t know how I feel, you are never afraid.” He told me, “I also get nervous and I guess you would call it afraid, but I don’t let fear rule, I do it anyway in spite of the fear.”
That’s what we need to do. Do it in spite of the fear. So let’s get our Bible’s out and go on this journey together learning how to do it in spite of the fear. Searching out testimonies of others who have chosen to obey God, say no to our emotion of fear, and learn that we can overcome.
I’m going to make this study into a series so that it won’t be too long for you to read and so that you can study afterward on your own, soaking in the Word of the Lord. So starting next week we will dig deep or shallow, and learn about those who have overcome and said yes to God, His will for their lives, and their destinies in spite of the fear.
But I do want to leave you with this as just a little taste of what is to come and what allowing fear to rule you can cost you. In Numbers 13 God told Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan, the land God was giving to the children of Isreal, the Promised Land. Moses picked 12 men 1 from each tribe, 2 were Caleb and Joshua and sent them out. Moses told them to find out if the people there were strong or weak, few or many and whether the land was good or bad if the land produced a lot or a little. They were to bring back grapes for them to look at.
When they returned about 40 days later, they brought with them a cluster of grapes that needed to be carried between two swords because they were so big. The report was that the land was very good and produced a lot, the people were strong and big and the cities were fortified behind giant walls. Joshua and Caleb said let’s go! We can take this land that God has promised us but the other men who went said that it couldn’t happen, that there were giants in the land and they were afraid and made the people afraid too.
Long story short, they did not go into the land at that time because of fear. Even though God had told them that He was giving them the land, the people let fear rule over them. They wandered in the desert for 40 years, complaining, whining, never receiving the great things God had wanted to give them because they were afraid and didn’t trust God. The only ones of that generation that came out of Egypt, who entered Canaan and received the promises of God were Joshua and Caleb. Even at 80 years old they went in, fought the giants and won the battle and took their land, the promise of God.
Fear is a liar!
Until next week,
Pick up your Bible and read!
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