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!


5 Steps to Entering your “Promised Land”

This is a year to overcome every obstacle. To believe God that you are able to enter His promised land. To look forward to the future.

Promised Land

God has designed you in such a way that you have passion in areas of your purpose.  Why is it that so many fall short of entering into God’s promises life? Perhaps a better question for you to ask today is – why don’t I enter into my promises?

Let’s look at 5 Steps to receiving your inheritance in Christ.

Step 1: Have faith in God’s promise. 

Poised for Promise, the Israelites missed their opportunity to enter into God’s promises because they didn’t have faith. For 40 years they marched around in the wilderness before they died. They never entered into the promise that God had for them. It wasn’t that they were just dreaming about promises that didn’t really exist. They could have entered into their promise in 11 days which was the amount of time it took to walk there from Egypt. Why did they miss out on the land of “milk and honey.”

Hebrews 4:2 talks about the Israelites when it  says, “…but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith …” 

You must believe what God has promised and not waver in unbelief. Unbelief was deadly for the Israelites. Literally, unbelief and disobedience led to them dropping dead in the wilderness. (See Hebrews 3:18.)

Step 2: Have certainty in God’s power

In order to receive God’s promise in your life, you must be certain in His power.  God’s promises for us, corporately and individually, have been prepared and waiting for all who believe and are certain they will receive, because the same God who promised is powerful enough to fulfill His promise. He just wants you and I to enter into His great adventure. He is the one who will miraculously part your Red Sea and cause you to walk in on dry ground.

Step 3: Have trust in God’s wisdom.

You will receive His promise only when you begin to trust His wisdom that He knows what is best for you. You must come into agreement with His plan and His purpose for your life and trust in His timing. God will not only give you a promise, He will also give you the wise strategy of how to accomplish it in His strength.

Step 4: Have confidence in God’s goodness.

God is good! You must lean into God with absolute trust and confidence that what He has for you in life is good. If God is just hanging a promise out like the proverbial carrot, leading you on a wild goose chase, then that would be torture. You will enjoy what God has for you. The dream that God has for your life is connected with His Global dream of redeeming humanity.

Step 5: Have boldness to enter God’s provision.

To enter into the promised land requires risk. You have to leave what is familiar to you in order to enter the new place God has for you. Until you take the leap of faith, you won’t see the fullness of God’s promise. So be bold and strong and leap into God’s redemptive plan for your life!

Making it Practical

Take action this week to focus on what’s really important in your life.  Get alone with God with a Bible and journal in your hands and seek Him with your whole heart. Don’t be afraid to ask Him the BIG questions. He is a BIG God with BIG answers!

I would love to help make this your best year ever. Download 21 Days to Spiritual Breakthrough! You will receive a 21 Day Journal that helps you focus your faith on what God is calling you to. Walking closer with God on a daily basis will help you enter into your promised land. This guide will be emailed directly to you on January 1, 2016.

Along with this guide, I will begin to text a 1 minute daily encouraging word right to your phone. For several years, I have been doing a 1 minute radio broadcast that has been heard nationally. Recently we have expand our reach internationally. This will begin January 4, 2016.

Have faith in God’s promise. Have certainty of God’s power. Have trust in God’s wisdom. Have confidence in God’s goodness. Have boldness to enter God’s provision.

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You Can Do It! Crossing the Finish Line as a Life-Giving Mom.

by Sue Detweiler

Everyone needs help on the sidelines. Everyone needs a cheerleader when it get’s tough. Everyone needs someone to whisper in their ear “You can do it!”

You can do it