We all know the feeling. Like a deer stuck in the headlights, you stand frozen: completely aware of the crawling feeling in your neck, arms or stomach. You are afraid. Afraid of the people around you, afraid of speaking in front of the packed classroom, afraid of making that next move. Fear. Fear is that all so familiar feeling. Fear is the agent Satan uses to paralyze you, keeping you from your God-given calling in life. Everyone has been afraid, and fear can actually be used for good. You may sense danger ahead that prompts you to avoid an accident, a robbery, or a lurking predator.
Fear, in the sense that you are afraid of taking the next step into purpose in your life, keeps you from excelling. I believe that some people deal with this looming fear more than others. It just seems that some people more easily challenge themselves. Or maybe it’s that they more easily overcome the fear that taunts them.
I am one who feels fear often. I wrestle with it and take its clawing thoughts as my own. I am not a master at overcoming it, but I have made some moves in the past few years that I wouldn’t have before. I have had many milestones in the past ten years that have made me step outside of the fear that I have tolerated for too long. I got married, I became a step-mom, I joined a few different church communities (including Bible study groups), I’ve served in these churches, I’ve been through 3 challenging pregnancies (my oldest is nine now), I’ve been hospitalized with mental illness twice, I got my first job (and second, third and fourth), I’ve started (and failed at) a few different businesses, I learned to drive and got my driver’s license (as a 36 year old woman!). Even writing this, I am realizing how much I have overcome.
Yes, circumstances have in some way forced me into making some of these decisions, but I still had to step past the fear. So, what has worked for me? It has been a long road of overcoming, and I still have more to do. All of these instances of stepping past fear do not mean that I am done with it. I still fight. Prayer, Bible study (reading, memorizing, listening, writing, and reciting), fasting, and communing with those who have prayed for me and encouraged me (First and foremost, my husband) have been my lifeline.
If you are a Christian, and you do not have a prayer life and regular Bible reading time, you are failing. The enemy will eat you up. This walk is a fighting way. Yes, I was just saved a little less than 10 years ago. Yes, I struggled before I was saved; and I was losing big time. I was sucked into sin, desperate for love and an actual life and to live out a worthy purpose. I had nothing of my own.
I digress. I am not trying to give my whole testimony. I just wanted to give you a glimpse of what overcoming has looked like in my life. I do not have a solid routine written down on paper, but Jesus Christ is a part of my everyday life. I live for Him. I am not perfect, by any means. I just know I need my Creator; But He is the reason I have what I have and have pushed past a lot of fear that paralyzed me for half of my life.
Every day, I:
Acknowledge the Lord. This looks like, prayers asking for His help, thanking Him, telling Him I trust Him. Sometimes I get on my knees, sometimes I sit at my desk, sometimes I write a prayer in a prayer journal, sometimes I type in a prayer app I have… Always, I pray as I go about my day. But in some form or fashion, I pray every day. The Word of God says, “Acknowledge the Lord in all you do, and He will direct your path.” (See Proverbs 3:6). Sometimes I hear the Lord telling me, in my heart, what to do. Sometimes, I just feel the sense of peace I need to make my next move. But I know that prayer moves mountains (See Matthew 17:20) and whether I hear the Lord’s voice or not, He is working on my behalf, in the name of Jesus!
Read my Bible. In addition to having a love for the Lord, I am an avid reader, so you don’t need to pull my arm to get me to read my Bible. Some days I read more than others. Some days, I gain more understanding than others. But every day, I seek the Lord, in His Word.
Worship Him. I thank the Lord for His goodness, mercy, protection, provision, and sovereign rule every day. Some days I sing to Him, some days I don’t. But I always put on Worship music and treasure in my heart, the greatness of my God.
Reach out to other believers and/or share Christ with someone. This admittedly is not every day, but as often as I make myself. If you have been reading my blog, watching my YouTube videos, been on my Facebook page, or somehow know me in real life, you know I am not a people person. I just like being alone and have been known to be shy or timid. This is another thing I have had to overcome and still do. I have met so many beautiful sisters in Christ who have reached out to me, prayed with me, studied the Bible with me, just been with me during a lot of these hard times in my journey. I know how important people are. I don’t have many friends, but when I get to commune with a sister in Christ, it is a blessing and encouragement. I don’t talk to people every day, but every day I pray for at least one or two people.
These practices need to be a part of your every day. After doing all of these, move forward with this inside of you. You have to make the decision that no matter how you feel, you are going to do what you need to do. The feeling of fear will eventually wane as you move forward. But starting, initially being afraid is important. Move forward, despite the fear, not IN fear! Trusting the Word and knowing the Word will give you the confidence and gumption to make the moves you need to make.
I’m telling you, make Christ your life and He will make victory a part of yours!
Romans 8:31-37 says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
God’s promises are for real, and He will help you overcome the fear that grasps you if you will let Him!
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