2 Tim1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind.
Last Sunday we were given permission to become quitters when it comes to making excuses. Excuses, which come from the enemy, build a wall around what God is trying to do in our lives and prevent us from moving forward. Another tool the enemy uses to sabotage us is fear. Our fear can be rational or irrational, but the result is the same. It prevents us from doing what we have been called to do.
There are many things and situations in life that can cause you to feel fear. There is the fear of losing someone or something important to you. A fear of rejection may cause you to avoid dating, making a commitment to someone or to live your life constantly trying to make everyone around you happy. The feeling that you may fail can create fear as can the fear of the unknown. All of those “what if” scenarios can prevent you from taking a risk and moving forward in your life. At times you even convince yourself that the fear is healthy and is protecting you, so it becomes useful to you. You have to remember that your fear affects more than just you. It hinders God from working through you and prevents you from doing what He has called you to do in the lives of other people.
How do you face fear? The first step is to acknowledge that your fear is not from God as He has not given you a spirit of fear. God is bigger than your fear. He will go with you. There will be times in your life that you are scared, but you need to acknowledge the fear and then push through it. The second step is to strengthen yourself in the Lord. He has given you the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. As evil tries to corrupt you, use your power to push back. You can take a stand against the enemy by using the power of love. Love makes you bold. Love transforms the world. Finally, your sound mind allows you to see what the enemy is doing making you able to resist temptation. You can see the difference between right and wrong so you can choose a different path. You are able to think things through and see the bigger picture.
Fear can control you in the same way an addiction can. Don’t let the “what ifs” prevent you from living your life and experiencing God’s plan. You have the power and self-control to stand up to fear. Be confident in what God is doing, trust that He is in this with you and quit living in fear.