On Wednesday, I shared an Instagram post about Fear (btw, Fear, if you’re reading…we’re still broken up) and I received so much love and encouragement from my gal pals in the Carry The Fire community. I also received several confirmations that I wasn’t the only one who struggled with Fear and the ‘What Ifs’. After all, fear is apart of human nature, right?…
Fear isn’t human nature. Fear is “Sin Nature”.
Let me explain, and in order to do so fully, we’ve gotta go back. Like, way back to the beginning when Fear first revealed its ugly self, smack dab in the middle of the story.
Eve had just taken fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and took a big bite out of it, believing the lies that Satan had told her and handing the fruit over to Adam to do the same.
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they saw they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:7-8 (HCSB)
I’m not an expert on Scripture by any means, but I do know a thing or two about why people do the things that they do. Usually when someone hides its because they’re afraid. (Also, in verse 10 Adam says “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid”…so there’s that helpful clue too).
Listen, Fear was not apart of God’s original design.
Fear was a consequence of Eve’s believing the lies that Satan told. Fear wasn’t present in the garden until sin entered the picture and held the door wide open. A lot of time has passed since Fear first showed its ugly face, but sisters, we are still believing Satan’s lies and welcoming Fear into our hearts with arms wide open. Then we claim that it is “just a part of us being human” not even realizing that that is a lie too! Ugh, what a stupid cycle.
Satan is smart, but he is not creative; He has been using the same old tactics on humans since that day in the garden, and we have been falling for them the same old way our girl Eve did – but there is good news!! Because of Jesus Christ, we have power over and freedom from sin.
And if sin, then Fear too!!
You’re probably thinking “okay, that’s cool and all but how?” and I get that. I used to live in that place of fear where the thought of living my life without what ifs and anxiety seemed like a far off distance place. In reality, it wasn’t. I just had to learn to see what Fear actually was – a ploy to keep me from moving forward in God’s purpose for my life, and then learn to speak truth louder than fear was talking, and then step over it like gum on the sidewalk and keep on moving.
Let me share a bit of my story: I remember a moment in particular when I had just surrender my life over to the Lord and I was still trying to figure out who God really was. A few friends and I decided to go hiking at Garden of The Gods in Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest. If you’ve never been there, I will try my best to describe it to you; It’s like God stacked a bunch of boulders on top of one another, up past the tallest, greenest trees you’ve ever seen…
We walked the small trail leading up to the rock bed, and as soon as we got close enough my friends took off. Each one went in a different direction and started climbing towards the top. And I just stood there. Paralyzed.
I could see my friends making their way to the top. I could hear their laughter and amazement as they reached their destination but all I could do was hear Fear talking:
“What if I am not physically strong enough to pull myself up?”
“What if I can’t?”
“What if I fall off and plummet to my death?”
Okay, so that last one was extreme and a tad bit dramatic but it’s exactly the thought that Fear put into my brain.
As I was thinking these awful thoughts God reminded me of a scripture from Matthew 10:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet, not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
After pondering what the Holy Spirit was trying to tell me, I had to make a decision; Would I continue to allow Fear and the ‘What Ifs’ to dictate how I lived my life? Or, would I trust that even if I did fall off this rock and plummet to my death, that God’s got me? I pushed the fearful thoughts Satan had running through my brain out, and I chose to trust that what scripture says is true. So, I climbed up to the tip top of the highest rock that I could get to. I stood there and looked out over one of the prettiest views I had ever seen, surrounded by my friends, enjoying the moment and God’s goodness.
Four years have passed since I made the choice to trust God, instead of Fear. Since then, I have done things that I would have never dared to do (such as meeting a guy online and flying across the country to meet him in real life. YOLO!) I still think about this moment often because it was the first time that I recognized fear in the moment. God not only called Satan out, but also gave me scripture that would shut him up. Now, any time Fear tries to show its ugly face again, I remember that as a Daughter of the King of kings, I am always walking in His will. And if I am in His will, then I have nothing to fear. (Even if that means that I fall off a rock and plummet to my death).
The truth is: Fear wants you to stay paralyzed, right where you’re at. Fear wants you to believe the worst about God and all situations. Fear wants to prevent you from stepping out in faith, because He knows that once you start walking towards the promises of God, that you will be unstoppable through Jesus Christ. Fear is nothing by bondage and oppression – a tactic used by Satan to keep us from God’s plan for our lives.
Sister, God has BIG plans for your life. Plans that will not harm you, but instead give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). The kind of things God will bring you into, are the kind of things that allow you to become who you were truly designed to be – and you were designed to be a woman who lives her life without fear.
Thank you for providing your daughter’s with a way to overcome fear by the blood of Jesus, so that we no longer have to live paralyzed. I pray for the ladies (and men too) who are reading this post, and I ask that your truth would speak into their hearts – that you did not create them to live in fear! Help us to speak truth louder than the lies that Fear tries to tell us. Help us to be a generation that lives out their calling with power, love and a sound mind through Your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Make sure you check out next week’s blog post to learn the 3 things I started doing to help me overcome fear! Any time Fear shows it’s ugly self, I do these 3 practical things to put it back in it’s place!
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-XO Brittani Haney