Faith > Fear
We all have all different kinds of fears. I’m afraid I’ll make mistakes and embarrass myself. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to finish what I’ve started. I’m afraid I’m not good enough.
Since we hate to face our fears, what we do is we make up all kinds of excuses. It’s been happening since the beginning. When God came to Moses and said, “I’ve got a big plan for your life.” Moses said, “I can’t speak well Lord.” God came to Gideon and said “I’ve got a big plan for your life.” Gideon said, “I’m too young Lord. I’m the youngest kid in the family, in the poorest family, in the smallest tribe of Israel. You picked the wrong guy.” God came to Abraham and said, “I’ve got a great plan for your life.” Abraham said, “I’m too old!”
One was too young, the other was too old. We all make excuses. We allow our fears to hold us back from living a fulfilled like. But you’ve got to remember…
Ecclesiastics 11:4 “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.”
One of the great fears that everybody has that tends to keep us not making decisions is the fear of disapproval.
Proverbs 29:25 “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”
So, when you have a major decision and you’re pausing and you’re hesitant, you need to identify the fear, face it and confront it. You need to face your fear head on. The only way to defeat a fear is to face it and move against it in faith. That’s the antidote to fear.
A lot of times we think if I just ignore it it’ll go away. It won’t go away. That fear won’t go away if you ignore it. A lot of times we think we can talk ourselves out of a fear. I’m not fearful, I’m not fearful. That doesn’t work.
How do I get rid of a fear? There’s only one way to get rid of a fear. Face it and move against it. Physically move against it. You do the thing you fear the most. Then all of a sudden, the boogieman wasn’t as big as you thought he was. You open that closet door, and the boogieman wasn’t even there.
Whatever God is calling you to do, just do it. If God tells you to do something, do it even if you feel afraid. Even if you aren’t sure of yourself, you can be sure of HIM. Step out in faith and actively choose to trust him. Little by little, your faith will help you defeat your fears.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
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