Fear is a Thief

Fear is a Thief

Fear steals our freedom. It runs away with our hope. Fear makes me obsess about myself and all my limitations. Fear keeps us from connecting in community. It keeps us from taking the risks we need to take to obey God. Fear keeps me from totally trusting God. It keeps me from living in this moment and fully enjoying life.

Fear is a Thief

Jesus knew that fear would be deadly in our lives. While Jesus was on earth, he gave us 125 imperatives or commands in Scripture. Of those 125 — 21 of them deal with the topic of fear. Jesus said things like:

Have courage

Don’t be afraid

Take heart

Jesus continued to encourage his disciples to not be afraid and to follow him completely. 

How do we combat fear?

We combat fear by putting it in the right perspective. You and I don’t actually have a fear-problem… we have is a faith-problem. Our goal should not be to have a “fear-free life.” In fact if that is your goal you will almost always be disappointed. You will never have a fear free life. God is not the means of “fear avoidance”

We overcome fear with faith. We stop allowing fear to steal from us. The focus should not be on how to fear less, but how to trust God more. The Holy Spirit often brings peace to us as we read and meditate on Scripture.

I love this passage:

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;

Psalm 121 (NIV)

The phrase “lift my eyes to the hills” is a Hebraic thought for focusing our attention on the maker of heaven and earth. One of our biggest human freedoms is the ability to choose what I am going to pay attention to and what I am not. 

I can focus on my problems…

I can focus on my relationship that may go sideways…

I can focus on my financial issue…

I can focus on that person from work who is trying to take me down…

I can focus on the problems my kids are going through…

I can focus on all the things that make me afraid…

OR

I can choose to focus on God

I can focus on how He has been faithful to me in the past

We All Need Encouragement

Encouragement In the morning I will send you something. It might be a verse or a quote — something to encourage you.  Just text the word ENCOURAGEMENT to the number 33444.

We need something every once in a while that will focus us and give us encouragement

Read again Psalm 121:1-2 again…

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

HE’S THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH! We overcome fear when we understand that God is in control. We can’t manipulate our way into our destiny. We need to trust God completely,

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Notice it does not say …” the plans that YOU have for YOU.” It may be hard for you to realize, His purpose is to prosper you and to give you a future and a hope. 

So Don’t Let Fear Steal from You

I pray that you will rest in the fact that the God of the Universe still reigns on high. Whatever difficult thing you are experiencing, He is still bigger. His purpose for your life will prevail as you learn to trust Him more!


Overcome Your Fear with Faith #FearlessFaith

Overcome Your Fear with Faith

If you want to learn about prayer you gotta have faith. You have to believe that as a result of your prayers that God will reward you when purposefully pursue Him. You will be able to overcome your fear with faith.

Overcome Fear with Faith

“And it is impossible to please God without faith.

Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists

and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 NLT

To be diligent is to actively and energetically chase after God. It’s not as though He is hiding from you. It’s similar to when you were little and played hide-and-seek with your father. He wasn’t really hiding when He stood behind the tree. He was anticipating that you would find him.

God wants you to find Him. He longs to be discovered for who He truly is. He created us with a capacity to be intimate. To actively pursue God through prayer fulfills our own longing in the soul of desiring to know and be known. There is no one who knows us better than the ONE who created us and established a purpose for our lives.

If we don’t replace fear with faith, we will be led down the dangerous path of unbelief and disobedience. Unbelief accuses God at His very essence. It puts God on trial to prove Himself while denying the undeniable evidence all around.

To engage in prayer is to declare war on the demonic forces of fear that accuse God. These accusations can come as subtle thoughts against the power of God. Fear will manifest as insecurity, concern, despair, doubt dread, horror, panic, agitation, unease, fright, and terror.

Many of us do not fulfill the call of God on our lives because we are shackled by fear. Every time we try to move forward, the devil uses fear to try to stop us.

Replacing Fear with Faith

Replacing fear with faith in your prayer life requires more than just knowing that you should do it. Most Christians that I know have a general sense that fear is from the enemy and that faith if from God. ….

Four reasons that you and I do not overcome fear with faith 100 % of the time:

1. We do not pray with faith and focus.

2. We are unaware of the strategies of the enemy

3. We do not walk with a faith-filled mindset

4. We do not walk in a faith-filled Life-Style

All of us have promises from heaven that are not yet fulfilled. Some of the reason for this has to do with timing or season of life. Yet much of our under-developed potential has to do with overcoming obstacles and walking in faith.

Fearless Faith

I wrote this ebook as a simple guide on how to walk in fearless faith. Click the picture to download your copy.

To have fearless faith does not mean that you don’t experience fear. It means that you face your fears and overcome them with faith.

I would love to hear comments about how faith has impacted your life. What new unknown territories are you walking into that require faith?


5 Ways to Get Rid of Fear #FearlessFaith

Fear Puts God on Trial

When we are fearful or anxious we are declaring that we can’t fully trust in God to care about the details of our lives.

Fear, anxiety, intimidation are part of the family of the enemy. Satan’s schematic for your life is that you will be constantly stressed, uncertain, and hesitant about your daily lie. He snares you through your desire to please man more than God.

Sin starts when I partner with fear. It’s not a sin to feel anxiety, its when I embrace dread that it poisons the perspective of my mind.

If we don’t replace fear with faith, we will be led down the dangerous path of unbelief and disobedience. Unbelief accuses God at His very essence. It puts God on trial to prove Himself while denying the undeniable evidence all around.

To engage in prayer is to declare war on the demonic forces of intimidation that accuse God. These accusations can come as subtle thoughts against the power of God. Fear will manifest as insecurity, concern, despair, doubt dread, horror, panic, agitation, unease, fright, and terror.

If you are struggling with some sort of anxiety in your life, you can know without a doubt that worry has come from the enemy.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,

but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:6

Many of us do not fulfill the call of God on our lives because we are shackled by timidity. Every time we try to move forward, the devil uses intimidation to try to stop us.

Doubt will make you want to stand still and hesitate. Anxiety accuses God for every difficult thing that you have experienced in your life. We let doubth have power over us when we try to self protect and not experience pain. The dread of lack, failure, rejection, or abandonment take hold in our lives if we haven’t thoroughly invited God in to help us overcome emotional pain and loss.

You and I need to learn to step out and obey God in spite of panic. Sometimes, you have to do what God says even when you feel afraid.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Fear

1. Get Rid of Fear with Faith

2. Get Rid of Fear with Trust

3. Get Rid of Fear with Truth

4. Get Rid of Fear with Boldness

5. Get Rid of Fear with Action

Fearless Faith

I wrote this ebook as a simple guide on how to walk in fearless faith. Click the picture to download your copy.

To have fearless faith does not mean that you don’t experience concern. It means that you face your anxieties and overcome them with faith.

I would love to hear comments about how faith has impacted your life. What new unknown territories are you walking into that require faith?


Let Hope In – A book Review by Sue Detweiler

“This book packs a powerful punch against old wounds that won’t heal. If you are ever plagued in the middle of the night with guilt, shame, fear or regret, you will want a copy of this book, your Bible, and a box of tissues.”

Let Hope In: 4 Choices that Will Change your Life Forever by Pete Wilson will help you begin to dream again! Pete, pastor of the 6th fastest growing church in America called Cross Point Community Church, will show you that with God anything is possible.  

Pete is a pastor of Hope. As you read this book you will feel like you are taking a walk with a good friend. He writes the secret thoughts of your own mind and in a conversational way dispels the hidden lies that hold you back from personal transformation.

Pete acknowledges the hurt and the pain that people are experiencing, but he doesn’t stop there. He points you towards life-changing choices you can make:

Choice #1: Choosing to Transform Instead of Transfer

Choice #2: Choosing to Be Okay With Not Being Okay

Choice #3: Choosing to Trust Rather than to Please

Choice #4: Hurt People, Hurt People.

But Free People, Choose to Free People

I believe this book packs a powerful punch against old wounds that won’t heal. If you are ever plagued in the middle of the night with guilt, shame, fear or regret, you will want a copy of this book, your Bible, and a box of tissues. Let Hope In through the window of your heart.

Preorder your book at http://www.lethopein.com/