What are you so afraid of? What is the fear that’s holding you back? I’m sure something comes to mind. For me, it’s the fear of judgment. What are others going to think of me? Will they misunderstand my intentions? How can I make them understand?
What is your fear? And how is it holding you back?
The phrase “fear not” is used 80 times in the Bible. In Isaiah 41:10 it says, “Do not fear, for I am with you.” And as the famous song goes, “and if my God is with me, whom then shall I fear?” God tells us time and time again not to be afraid. Matthew 6:34 reads, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Again, Psalm 118:6 says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” I could go on for page and pages.
So why are we still doing it? Why are we still giving in to this horrible thing called fear? He tells us to have courage, to be strong, because He will be with us always. And he keeps reminding us throughout the Bible, over and over again. As if he knows, I mean, he does know, that as a human beings we will ignore his command. In Joshua 1:9 it says, “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.” What else do we need?
It’s time to stop hiding behind our fears. It’s time to stop making excuses. What is your reason for not utilizing your God given gifts to the BEST of your ability? Is it fear? For me it is, and I would bet it is for a lot of you too. And I’m not saying I’m going to stop fearing. Because, Lord knows (He really does!), that it’s human nature to be afraid. But how can we claim to serve Him if we aren’t at least trying to overcome fear? I have to try, and if you feel the same, you have to try too. You have to remember that each time you give in to fear, you are giving up a potential chance to serve Him.
So what are you so afraid of?