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

Your Choice Matters

Most of the ups and downs of life can be summed up in the choices we made. Which voice did we choose to listen to? Did we listen to the voice of peace or anger; negative or positive; life giving or self seeking. Did we choose to forgive or let bitterness settle in? Did we choose to build people up around us or tear them down? There are also other choices like, picking the bible up verses the remote control; choosing to take a risk verses taking the easy course. Did you have a “will see” attitude or did you crush fear under you feet and say YES? Every choice matters. Remember, whatever you feed the most thrives the most so, choose to feed on the things that will produce the results that you are longing for. Choose words of life, choose to have hope, to believe, to love. Choose to stand as the apple of your Father’s eye!

I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;  Psalms 17:4-8

Break Free!

Have you ever asked yourself “What keeps me from living in the moment; from truly embracing life and living it to the fullest?” My womens group had an amazing discussion about that very thing. We felt for us there were two main hinderances, the fear of man, (how others view us or what they may say about us); and taking on a false since of responsibility. As women, we can tend to take on the weight of the world; we feel a need to fix everyone and everything. When we take on  responsibility that doesn’t belong to us we end up taking things out of God’s hands and put them in our limited frame of reference and ability thus weighing us down and hindering us from fully living ourselves. We all agreed it was a much better plan to release everything into God’s hands asking Him to direct us in how to navigate properly through our “responsibilities” as wives, mothers, friends and co-workers. As we ask Him to teach us how to pray, what to say or better what not to say, and what is truly our responsibility in the situations that are keeping us bound up in fear, we will be free to more fully embrace life. Our only true responsibility is to obey our Heavenly Father as He leads, prompts us, and teaches us through His Word. Otherwise, we can get in the trap of just living life as a reaction to what is happening around us or based on what others say or do; instead we want to create the moments we want. We want to fully live in each moment getting every last drop of life out of each experience, lesson or encounter. We each agreed we don’t want to live for the next experience; we don’t want to wait for life to start; we don’t want to live according to someone else’s view of life or us but, we want to live TODAY to the fullest. So, we ended the night praying for each other, repenting for our self emposed hinderances. We said no more to coming underneath the cares of this world and fear based on past experiences that are robbing us of fully embracing life and living to the fullest.  It felt great to release everything to God and determine to begin to see life through His eyes knowing He has planned an incredible life for us as we break every hindrance off and go all in with Him. If it is your desire to fully embrace life, take time to think about what might be holding you back; discuss it with friends then commit it to God and allow Him to show you what He has planned for your life!