Have you ever considered doing something but fear has held you back? Do you believe the Spirit is nudging you but because of fear, you resist? Fear generally implies anxiety, loss of courage, dread or intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation. (Webster)
Most of us are comfortable with our present; but in order for us to reach our future, we must relinquish everything (including fear) to the Lord. God gave Abram (Abraham) the directive to leave his country, his relatives and his father’s home.(Genesis 12:1) In obedience, he had to move away from all that was familiar to him and by faith journey into God’s purpose for his life. Leaving behind the physical and emotional ties of an established and comfortable situation can be difficult and could possibly make you feel a little fearful, but if you want all that God has predestined for you, then it will be necessary. Whenever God calls you to something, He has already prepackaged you with the ability to fulfill that calling. In Genesis 12:2, God told Abram that He would make him into a great nation and make his name great. That word “make” is an active process. Look at these definitions: “to cause to be or become” and “to produce as a result of action, effort, or behavior with respect to something.” (Webster) You see, God takes us as we are and begins the process of “making” us into our purpose. He doesn’t require us to be perfect for the purpose because he molds us according to the purpose. What He does require is our obedience to follow Him as He directs.
Does it seem impossible? What we deem as impossible is nothing less than possible for God. When God told Abraham that He would bless him and Sarai (Sarah) with a child in their old age, Sarah laughed. (Genesis 17:16, 17) She laughed but it happened! When God gives you a desire or vision, it is there because God has placed it inside of you and He expects it to increase and come forth. Don’t underestimate God’s purpose or provision in your life. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you may ask or think according to the power that works in you. (Ephesians 3:20)
Don’t allow fear to hold you from the many blessings that await you. Yes, fear creeps into our lives but to resist fear is better than to miss the opportunities that God has for you. The power of God reigning inside of you is your source of strength. No longer allow fear to impede or paralyze your progress. Let your faith rise and be greater; and if necessary, step out and do it afraid. Even when it feels uncomfortable or seems impossible, trust God to “make” it happen in your life just as He did for Abraham and Sarah.
Amazing deciphering between fear and faith. The former can arise from lack of self confidence or limited risk taking skills. Sometimes my fesr speaks to me.
Fear speaks to many of us but at some point, we must speak to fear and declare that our faith is greater!