What is it that you are not doing because of fear? Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of pain. Fear of your reaction. Fear of lack. Fear of conflict. Fear of confrontation. Fear of falling apart emotionally. Fear of pride. Fear of God's disappointment. Fear of the future.
The enemy will feed us every line in the book to keep us from doing what we have been called and put on this earth to do. He will do anything he can to prevent a functional, healthy life from existing in us. From destroying our dreams, to destroying family communication, to destroying self esteem, to destroying our confidence...he goes out of his way to make life as miserable as he can for us.
We cannot listen to his voice, and for us not to listen to it, we must recognize it.
I have a dear friend who is dealing with this very thing right now in her life. Fear is keeping her frozen, not doing anything. She is confused and not sure of herself or what she is to do with what God has given her. She is afraid of being prideful...thinking too much of herself. God has gifted her in an amazing way....it is a gift straight from His heart and given to her in abundance, but she is struggling and has been for so long in moving forward in the anointing of it.
Another example of fear having power is in my own life and the life of my family. The other night the four of us sat down for a pow wow because Sean and I felt like we needed to address some communication issues. The floor was open with some ground rules laid out first... anything could be said with respect and no one could leave. We moved forward and had a wonderful, hard in moments, conversation.
Sean and I could've let things be. After all, we have a great family, very normal. But we knew there were a few things that could be better....we felt God calling us to "do the hard thing and confront" instead of the easy thing of walking away and being content.
In the days preceding the get together, fear had snuck in and tried to talk me out of having this conversation. I knew what I was afraid of.....conflict and confrontation.
I like peace. A lot. I will do pretty much anything to have peace. But I have realized the enemy has used the fear of confrontation and conflict in my life long enough. I want health and a good functional family unit...the best God has in mind for us. Therefore I had to confront the fear....God was with us through the whole conversation....healing happened as light was shone on lies we were believing about one another and truth won out. Thank You Jesus!
Whenever we confront fear, recognize it and shine light on it, God is with us. He promises us He will walk through the fear....helping us overcome it. He wants to move us past it so we can move forward. Good things are in the future for us if we will be brave enough to trust Him to help us. Psalms 28:7 says "The Lord is my strength and my shied, my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped." Lamentations 3:22 reminds us that "Because of the Lord's great love, we are NOT CONSUMED, for his compassions never fail."
Ask God to help you identify what you are afraid of and help you face it. He will....I promise. And the reward of trusting Him will bring freedom beyond your comprehension!