Fear is often times an indicator of the direction you need to go.
Fear is meant to paralyze you. The Word says God does not give us the spirit of fear -but of power -love- and a sound mind. So, we know that fear is one of the many devices the enemy uses to throw us off from pursuing our God given destiny or following through and accomplishing the task at hand that God has given us.
The correlation between fear and trials of life.
There are battles that we go through in life – simply because they are apart of our Christian walk; they are meant to build and strengthen us and make us more like Jesus. Within The Word, God promised that we would have test and trials of many kinds but to not be afraid because He has already conquered the world and that the purpose of our test and trials are to make us more like Him. Lately, The Lord has been highlighting this through Romans 5-3:5 which says that trials produce patience, patience produce experience and experience produces hope, which does not fail us.
Romans 5:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
As The Lord has been highlighting this to me, I have noticed that almost all of my test, trials, and tribulations have led to me exercise patience. Biblical patience is described as the ability to not just to wait – but to wait with expectancy. For those who are like me – who like results fast, holding on and waiting with expectancy over a period of time can be hard. But Romans 3:3 tells us that is the goal. Some translations use ´endurance´ for the word patience.
Now who, more than Jesus, exemplifies patience and endurance?
Jesus was patient when starting His ministry (because remember He was about His Fatherś business as a child -yet He did not start His ministry until 30). He was (and still is) patient with His disciples and otherś shortcomings. (I.E: He was patient with Thomas’ unbelief, Peterś lack of focus and un-comittment, Moses’ doubt and anxiety, and with unbelievers who mocked Him). And almost needless to say, Jesus showed great patience and endurance when undergoing The Cross.
He waited with expectation over an extended amount of time for the glory that was on the other side. Throughout the whole process (His life) that led to His glory Jesus exercised patience, endured and gained experiences that allowed Him to relate with us in every way.
Experiences allow us to empathize, sympathize, relate and comfort others that God along our paths in life.
Trials worketh patience, and produce experiences which in turn, according to Romans 5:5, produce hope, that does not fail us. What is hope? Hope is the giddy expectation to receive something desired. Christ was patient and endured an array of experiences because of His hope, because of his giddy expectation, that we may join Him and be in relationship with Him forevermore.
(That was the whole point of the cross – to reconcile us (sinners) to God.
Jesus died to make a way for us to be in relationship with God.
When we (Romans 10:9-10) and except Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we gain access to boldly go to the Throne of Grace and communion with the Father,
because now when He sees us – He sees Jesus –
because we have been made alive IN Christ.)
It seems as if Jesus lived a life of patience and endured an array of different experiences in hope, that did not fail Him. And as CHRISTians, that too is our calling, to look like Christ. God will send us test, trials, and tribulations to work patience within us, give us experiences, and to give us hope that will not fail us.
Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Which means it is impossible to have faith (the substance, evidence, manifestation) of things if you do not first hope (have a desire and expect) for them.
God has to teach us how to hope and how to hold onto hope through unfavorable circumstances like He did.
Hoping hurts; especially after a lot of disappointments.
But, God wants us to be, and teaches us how to be patient, endure and hold on to hope so that we can look more like Him. There’s a process to everything.
Aware this blog post is about overcoming fear, let me get back to that topic by focusing on the correlation between fear and trials of life.
Now, while God has promised us test, trials, and tribulations – so we can look more like Him, God He has recently pointed out to me that some trials that we go through our self induced. They are due to the doors we open to the enemy … and that fear is one of the footholds that gives the enemy access.
Isaiah 54:14 says ¨In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you.¨
Focusing on the part of the verse that reads, ¨you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear¨, leads me to believe that fear is a predecessor of oppression.
FEAR leads to OPPRESSION. What is oppression? The dictionary defines oppression as…
Considering Proverbs 29:25, in addition to Isaiah 54:14, which reads the ¨The fear of man is a snare (trap), but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected¨, we know that all fear, including (especially) the fear of man, leads to oppression and a snare.
Fear is meant to paralyze us, derail us, distract us and keep us from our God-given destinies and task at hand.
The closer you are to the promise or your breakthrough the more the enemy will try to derail you and get you out of position. (We have to be in certain positions and places to receive certain things from God.) Do not let the enemy scare you out of position.
[Different ways the enemy will try to instill fear:
LIES*, loss, demonic manifestation (through people, spirits in dreams), etc.]
How do we overcome fear?
As soon as we sense fear rising, we must focus our attention on the love of God.
1 John 4:18 says perfect love cast out all fear.
The amplified Bible puts it “18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].”
Therefore, it is understanding God’s love for you that removes the spirit of fear. When we understand God’s love for us, we understand that He will not put more on us than we can bear, we understand that He is for us and not against us, we understand that he has a good future and hope for us, that He has Gone before us, and that He is fighting battles too big for us. When we understand God’s love for us, we understand that He won’t let us down. We understand that we are more than conquerors through Christ because He loves us.
Like I mentioned earlier, 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Therefore whenever fear arises we can automatically know that is not from God and to cancel it out with the understanding of the love of God for us and to operate in power, love, and with a sound mind.
How has the enemy used fear to keep you from doing/pursuing a God-given dream/desire? What is the enemy trying the keep you from doing?
Comment it below so that you can start walking and freedom (power, love, and a sound mind) today. Let’s help encourage and hold one another accountable so that no one stays bound by fear.
The importance of overcoming fear:
The enemy is always trying to keep you from doing something that will not only bless you but will bless others. God wants to use you as a vessel – as a conduit to bless others. He wants to use you so that others may encounter Him. Your obedience, you overcoming fear, is not only going to bless you but it will awaken and bless more people than you know.
Fear has no room in your life.
Whatever it is, whatever God has laid on your heart,
I am encouraging you, and reassuring you -that you´ve got this!
(You can do all things through Christ whom strengthens you, He is with you, He is for you, and He wants you to succeed. HE has put everything you to succeed, within you. FEAR is (F. false E. evidence A. appearing R. real). Fear is a facade. So ignore the smoke and carry on. Be patient, be ready to endure, hold on to hope, and step out on faith…you will not be disappointed.
Romans 10:11. You´ve got this!)
With lots of love,