The I AM says I am fearless!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Perhaps you suffer from some of the most common phobias on the Top 100 List. These fears range the understandable, like fear of spiders, heights, and enclosed spaces, to the somewhat ludicrous, like the fear of buttons and couches. WHAT? Personally, I suffer from Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) and Dentophobia (fear of the dentist). What about you...are you sometimes paralyzed by fear?
Fear is a natural and instinctive response to protect us and it is much needed, especially in this modern world. But, today as we think about being fearless, I want to focus on a fear that you may not even be aware of. It’s not the healthy fear that God created for our safety. It’s a fear that lies so deep in our subconscious mind that it becomes the enemy’s favorite weapon of deception because we don’t even realize that it is paralyzing us. It is a multi-layered fear that keeps us stuck living a luke-warm life rather than one where we are passionately pursing our purpose in Him. If we dissect the layers of this fear, they would be:
1. The Fear of Rejection. 2. The Fear of Failure. 3. The Fear of Uncertainty. 4. The Fear of Change. 5. The Fear of Being Judged. 6. The Fear of Loneliness. 7. The Fear of Inadequacy.
Sisters, I’m here to tell you that none of these fears are given to us by God to protect us from a life-threatening danger. These are fears, lies even, that prevent us from becoming all that we were created to be. Fear is a liar! Fear comes from the one who came to steal, kill and destroy. And there is only one remedy to combat this type of fear and it is faith! We must choose faith over fear!
Our spotlight scripture today clearly states that God did not give us a spirit of timidity. As a matter of fact, in God’s word, “Do not be afraid” is referenced in some form or fashion 365 times. That’s a reminder for every day of the year to be fearless. Timidity doesn’t come from the Lord. He doesn’t move people for His purpose by making them timid. He moves people by causing them to make decisions based upon what is right regardless of the personal risks.
Today I challenge you to ask yourself a few questions...What has God called me to do? What is my purpose? What is holding me back from taking action toward that calling? What would I do if I truly believed that I could do all things through Christ? What would I do if I was truly fearless? Next, decide to let all fear go trusting in Him and taking action. A step toward that is claiming His promises. So today, with each step of your faith journey, look up, and bravely proclaim, “I am fearless…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Numbers 13:25-30; 1 Samuel 17:45-48; Psalm 16:8; Psalm 62:1-2; Isaiah 12:2; 2 Timothy 1:7
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen