Many times I have been wracked with fear. Afraid to say the wrong thing. Afraid to fail. Afraid to move. Do you know what is the most common statement in all the Bible that we are told? “Do not be afraid!” In fact here’s a “coincidental” fun fact…
I say “coincidental” but with God nothing is by accident. He knew that we would need reminding because we all wrestle with insecurities and uncertainties…many people end up making decisions that are a direct result of their fear but making decisions based on fear can have disastrous results…
On a “A Minute With Maxwell,” John Maxwell made this profound statement concerning fear…
“The problem with fear, is it causes us to be inactive, it causes us not to go forward…I do have fears in my life, but I also have belief and faith. And I have found that if I nurture my faith and belief and make it a more positive emotion than the negative emotion of fear that the positive emotion will help me to take action.” (You can watch the rest here…http://johnmaxwellteam.com/fear)
Believe in yourself and nurture it…Don’t let fear paralyze you from making that decision whether it is a new career opportunity, a cross county move or the new business decision. Remember not taking action is still a decision, it is deciding to allow fear to win.
Easier said then done right? Do you ever have trouble trusting God in difficult times? Stupid question…who hasn’t experience worry, anxiety, and fear at one time or another. It is natural, but all though the Bible we are told “Do not be afraid.” In fact it is written 365 times, one for each day of the year. I was reading Exodus about the escape of the Israelites from Egypt, and the subsequent chase by Pharaoh and his massive army; and though I have not been faced by certain extinction, there had been many times that fear has gripped me.
Exodus 14:10-14 (NLT) says,
As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses,
“Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”
But Moses told the people,
“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”
Here is a great parallel verse from Psalm 46:10 (NLT),
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
Matthew 11:28 (NLT) gives us this additional comfort for times of trouble,
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Just like the Israelites, we need to remember to JUST stay calm and trust God. If we do, then we will no longer be a slave to fear but rather Fear’s Master!!