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Fear

Hello Friends,

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 
Isaiah 41:10

Fear: one of the enemy’s most potent weapons against us.  Worry, anxiety and fear can overwhelm us and keep us in a paralyzed position, controlling our every move.

Awhile ago I was faced with a tough decision.  I was asked to step out in a way that I deeply feared: public speaking before a large group of people.  What was I afraid of?  Mostly I feared failing or being rejected or laughed off the stage.  The thing was, I knew for certain God was asking me to do it but I was so afraid I just sat in a chair talking myself out of it… all for very rational, really good reasons.  I teeter tottered between wanting to be really brave and then wanting to hide in a corner and not be seen.

When I spoke with a trusted mentor about my fears, she gave me some timely advice: “Instead of thinking about the fear or about how big the task is, think about the obedience.”  So, I stood at a crossroads.  I had to make a choice to either stay safe or to step out and obey Jesus.  When I finally chose obedience and decided to speak I was still afraid, but what I learned through that experience was to glance at my fear and then fix my eyes on Jesus.  I acknowledged my fears existed but then fully took the hand of Jesus and moved forward.  God gently worked with me to bring me out of my place of darkness and paralysis over fear.  He’s done it before and He will do it again because that is what he promises in His Word.  We do not have to fear.

If you are at a crossroads in your life, let me encourage you to go forward.  Do not stand still in fear but take the hand of Jesus and move with Him.  Which fears in your life need to be reduced to a glance so you can fix your eyes on Jesus and step out into what He has called you to do?

Blessings,
Kristin

“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.”  
Psalm 34:4

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