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Facing Your Fear
Fear and faith, two things that don’t mix. One can’t exist if the other is present. In the midst of trial and tribulation we don’t fold, break or clamor. Not because we are confident in our own efforts or strengths but we trust in that of the Lord. One thing that I have aspired to be is “fearless.” Not meaning I don’t feel afraid but I recognize that those feelings are false.
God tells us to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid or discouraged but why? Doesn’t God know that it’s not easy being strong, especially when things around you aren’t going as you planned. It’s not easy to be courageous when you feel unsure. Feelings are fickle and we can’t give in to them. We have to trust in what we know to be true. So he commands us to be brave because he know that he is with us and with him we cannot fail.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Josh 1:9
What is there to fear when the perfect father is holding your hand, walking with you every step of the way. He’s wanting to lead you and guide you to live out the perfect purpose that he has for your life. Now the only thing that can short circuit us from experiencing the very best that God has for us is fear. Fear tries to hinder us from taking steps of faith.
Faith is not just believing for something to happen. It’s that belief pushing you to take the necessary actions to see those dreams and aspirations come to pass. The root of all feelings of inadequacy, failure, discouragement is fear. That little four letter word tries to keep us stuck, stagnant and bound living half empty when we should always be on full. Only we can allow fear to cripple us, it’s a choice. There is great purpose, skill and yet fulfilled success that lies within us. The only thing that can stop us from fulfilling that is fear. Don’t allow it to hinder you from experience the best that God has for you.
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