FEAR-Protector or Inhibitor?

Fear- What a strong emotion. At times fear can appear to be a protector. It protects us from breaking the law, doing harmful things and taking unnecessary risk. If we take a deeper look at these fears however, we may find that they are all actually based in a fear of man. The fear of manmade consequences to our action, fear of man’s retaliation, or disappointing, hurting or failing someone.  On the flip side fear can be the very thing that keeps us from doing the thing that we should do or want to do. If we look deeper into these fears we may find as well, that they are steeped in a fear of man. Fear of failing, disappointing, angering or hurting someone as well as a fear of doing any of these things to ourselves. Many times the main fear is that we will look or appear stupid. Fear can appear to help us at times but it can also be a strong inhibitor in our lives. So, in light of these facts, what do we do with fear? How about we exchange our fear for trusting and following God. If we focus on following His precepts and doing as He leads and directs us we no longer have a need for fear. He now becomes our protector and deliverer. We can trust that He will only lead us to do things that are in our best interest and for that matter, things that line up with our laws along with the laws of nature that He created. He has placed so many gifts, callings, and abilities in each one of us that I would hate for any of us to miss out on due to fear. Next time you feel a fear rise up in you, I would encourage you to stop and get God’s perspective on the situation. As we learn to walk out this journey with Him, I trust we will find that there truly is no need for fear.

Let us come out of agreement with fear and place our hope and trust in a God who will never leave us of forsake us. For He is perfect love and perfect love cast out fear. 1 John 4:18

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you, ”So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

Hebrew 13: 5-6

HOPE for 2015!

As another year has come to a close, I ponder over the events of the past year and realize so much still feels undone. How did another year pass by? So, what do I do with all these mixed emotions? I have many great memories of time shared with friends and family, it has been a year full of testimonies of the goodness of God, of break through and change in many of the lives of the people closest to me. I have gained so much from new relationships and new found friends. However, in my own life, I feel I have fallen short of what was possible. I think of the things I’ve put off, put on the back shelf or just thought maybe tomorrow. There are also things that have been out of my control, which I had hoped for in this past year that unfortunately, have not yet come to pass. As I count my blessings this year what do I do with the disappointments as to avoid carrying them into the next year allowing them to contaminate my hopes for 2015? I think on ways I can improve, I make a list of what is too important to put off any longer, I prioritize my list of resolutions and I again meditate on what my hopes and dreams are. Then I determine to silence the nagging voice in my head that says, “You tried all of this before”. Ultimately, I have to place every disappointment, every unrealized dream, and every unfulfilled promise at the feet of Jesus. II must repent for the times I dropped the ball, let discouragement take root or listened to what the enemy said about me or my situation instead of what God was saying through His word or the voice of someone who cared for me. Now, that I have repented of anything that would hold me back, I ask the Lord to wash over me and cleanse me from any residue of past failures and to renew a right spirit within me so that I can fully commit 2015 to God and trust that He is in control and will direct my steps.

I say, “Lord have Your way in me this year. Guide me into Your will, Your truth, Your way and teach me what I need to know to fulfil all that you have created me for. Lord, empower me to live a life of love, hope, and faith this year as I encourage others in the same.”

Will you join me in releasing the burdens of last year and taking hold of an exciting new year? Will you be willing to risk stepping into the unknown to take hold of something greater than experienced before? For His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness. I know as we press on we will obtain all that we have dreamed of.

“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentation 3: 21-24

The “Voice” of Life

Everything in our lives has a voice and the voices are vying for our attention. Our success greatly depends on which voice we choose to listen to.

Discouragement and Disappointment have a voice, they speak their thoughts to us BUT we can choose to not listen and instead choose to listen to Hope and Faith and Love as found in the Word of God.

The voices translated into our thoughts will either bring life or death to our emotions and future events. Thoughts of hope, faith and love produce energy, life and vision. Listening to the voice of discouragement and disappointment will only cause us to feel weakened, weary and defeated.  

So, today choose to agree with the voice of life and silence every voice that is contrary to what God says about you and your situation. For God makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”