I love getting to write these weekly posts. I honestly feel like I am talking to a close gal pal, encouraging her heart and getting to speak life over areas of darkness. Thank you for being a part of Carry The Fire and for listening to what God puts on my heart to share weekly. If I could, I’d hug the heck outta ya’ll right now.
Last week I shared a little about my own personal struggle with fear and how learning God’s Word helped me overcome it. I wrote that this weeks blog would be me sharing 3 practical ways to overcome fear – and then God started dealing with my heart about that and I realized that I had much more to say on the matter. Again, I want to clarify that the kind of fear I am talking about is the kind that prevents us from living out God’s purpose for our lives.
I feel like I should be frank here – overcoming fear isn’t accomplished in one moment, but a series of them. The experience that I shared with you all last week was pivotal, but it wasn’t fear’s fatal blow. I still wrestle with fear.
Anytime I am facing giants, anytime I am thrown into belly of a whale, anytime I am up against the unexpected, the heartbreaking, the disappointing…
I still feel fear lurking and all of it’s heavy, dark, yuckiness. The difference between now and then, is that God’s Truth has revealed much to me about fear and I am no longer controlled by fear. Instead, I walk above it.
Satan wants all of us to misunderstand spiritual warfare – when we are ignorant to his tactics, it’s much easier for him to keep us held captive. Ephesians 6:12 lets us in on a little secret:
“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rules, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”
Fear, my friends, is just another tactic – one of those spiritual forces. Fear’s only purpose is to keep your mind so crippled and muddled up that you are incapable of living out your life with peace and joy. I know the capabilities of fear first hand; the way it can invade your every thought and cause your heart and body to panic.
In Paul’s second and final letter to his friend Timothy, he wrote: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and sound judgement.” (2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB) I love that Paul addresses this issue shortly before he is sentenced to death, in a letter that he writes to someone he admires and mentored. When I read 2nd Timothy, I can sense Paul’s fervent encouragement…
Why, you might ask?
Because I believe that Paul knew a thing or two about battling the spirit of fear and it was important to Paul to make sure that Timothy knew that crippling, debilitating, joy-sucking fear is not from God. I imagine that Paul had to learn to overcome a lot of those spiritual battles throughout his lifetime spent following Christ.
Can you imagine what would have happened to the Church if Paul had let fear win? What if he feared persecution, the Roman government, or even the early Christians he had originally persecuted? What if fear had crippled his voice and passion for the Kingdom of God, to the point that after his own salvation he quietly followed Christ from the safety of his own home.
I also love that Paul goes on to remind Timothy that God gave him, not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and sound judgment (which is just another way of saying “a steady mind”) because I believe that he knew these 3 specific traits are the exact ingredients needed to overcome fear:
We can overcome fear by the POWER He has given us to do what He has called us to do.
The thing about God is that if He has brought you to it, He will bring you through it. He promises us that He will go before us and He will walk with us. Never leaving us alone, nor forsaking us (Deuteronomy 31:8). He made a way for each of us to walk in the same power that Jesus had through the Holy Spirit, which He has given to us to help us walk out our calling.
“you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8
We can overcome fear by knowing and understanding the love He has for each of us
God’s love for us, shown through Christ, is a love that should produce boldness within each of us as His Children. Grace is a beautiful thing and allows us to accomplish great things in Him who loved the world. When we know how much we are loved by God, and understand exactly what Christ accomplished on the cross for us, I believe it should compel us to move forward in freedom.
“But God proves His love for us in this way: That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
We can overcome fear by choosing to not focus on the what ifs, but instead focusing on the assurances we have in Christ
I love several things about God’s character, but one thing that I love the most is that He doesn’t change. The promises He spoke thousands of years ago are still valid and true for us today. The personal words He as given me throughout the years are still in effect, even if I can’t see them at the present time. God, by His very nature, offers us hope and hope is much greater than our fear.
“So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not what is on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
Sisters, it is my earnest prayer that you would read this blog and realize that whatever fear you are feeling – it is not God’s plan for your life. Please know that I get it. I truly understand how hard it can be choosing to live above the nagging feeling of fear in your brain. Fear keeps your mind and body from moving forward. Fear keeps telling you that the worst will always happen, that things will never work out, that you are not capable, that you are not enough…
I am here to tell you today that FEAR IS A LIAR!
Your Father is inviting you to step into His promise that He will never leave you, nor forsake you and that He will always work things for your good (Romans 8:28). Satan wants to do everything he can to stop you from realizing these promises aren’t just meant for other people, but for YOU.
Jesus died on a cross, for YOU! He did it to give you the power, love, and sound mind needed in order to overcome the spirit of fear. By His blood on the cross, you have freedom. All you have to do is step into that freedom, by faith.
Father God, I thank you for each and every person reading this blog post. I pray that you would use the words to bless their lives and open up their eyes to the truth about fear. Truly, You want us to live freely in Christ, knowing exactly who You are and who we are because of that. Lord, I ask that you would speak to our hearts and shed light on areas of our lives where we might be living in fear and I pray in Jesus’ name that the chains of fear will be broken so that Your Daughters can walk in fullness of the life you died to give them. Amen!
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— XO, Brittani