The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
Fearful of making the wrong decision, Phillip typically made no decisions. From major life events to picking a restaurant at lunch, he struggled with every decision. Every day seemed to be an erratic ride for him, like a feather on the shifting winds.
The smallest of decisions often came out of Phillip’s mouth posed as questions. His lack of confidence left his answers sounding more like questions. As if asking for some type of approval or guidance from his family and friends. Every encounter was framed with the the thought of “what if?” and “how will they respond?”
Are you like Phillip? Do you know someone like him?
Fear is a prison that keeps us from realizing the full blessings of God that are laid out for each of us. Fear isn’t typically a horror movie kind of emotion, rather, fear often sounds like, “What might they think? What will they say? What are the consequences?” All are questions that the fearful person will ask or consider before marching boldly forward.
Faith is the antidote for the venom of fear. Faith allows us to be confident Christians, who step over fear to attack the next challenge.
The very essence of God’s expertly designed faith is the answer to fear. As Christians, faith demands that we face fear and live with authority, boldness, and power. However, when our first focus is pointed toward people and seeking their approval, fear becomes our master, not God – and our faith is rendered useless.
Fear waits for the timid and sits read to fill the gap of weak faith. Fear has no place for the sons and daughters of God. Never allow someone else to define your fears and set your expectations. Rather, look to God for strength and direction. He is author of life and source of strength.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Write down one fear that continues to be present in your daily life. On the next line, write down why you have that fear.
PRAY: God, how can I possibly live in fear with You setting my path? Pull my eyes from all things but You. Erase the fears within me and give me power and self-discipline to press on. You are my life and my direction. Amen.