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!!
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I am excited to have a special guest share how God gave her strength during a season of struggle. Thanks, Kim fromfacebook.com/FitFamilyFaith.
Have you ever heard the quote, “I am thankful for my struggle because without it I would not have stumbled across MY strength.” I’d like to edit it just a bit.
Health and fitness were always a passion of mine and my health was not something I worried about. I felt physically strong, ate the right foods and exercised 5 times a week. However, my life and my family’s life were completely turned upside down when I went through a season of illness as a result of Lyme’s Diseases. The illness left me physically at my weakest point in my life. However, through this season, my family and I craved God and His Word like never before. We were completely dependent on Him. Although I grew up going to church, I believe that I grew stronger in the Lord during that season than in all the years preceding that. It was only God’s strength that carried me through those difficult days. I often tell others that though I was at my weakest physically, I never felt stronger spiritually. I praise God for the works He did in me and my family through that time.
We ALL go through seasons of struggle in our lives. They come in different forms, but the best way to get through them is the same. GOD’S STRENGTH. Here are some things I learned that I pray can help you to hold onto if you are in the midst of a difficult season:
God promises to never leave us or forsake us. He is right there beside us, whatever we go through. How comforting! Deuteronomy 31:6 says:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God can bring something good out of the situation. As it says in Romans 8:28, God causes ALL things to come together for good to those who LOVE Him and are called according to His purpose. Trust God because He is using your current situation to mold you into something beautiful! What was meant for harm, God can turn around and use for His good! Genesis 50:20a says:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good…”
God uses trials to refine and mold us to make us more like Him. I came through this storm a much different person than the one I was going into it. I have a stronger faith, a deeper compassion for others and try to make the most of every opportunity because I know each day is a gift and my priorities are very different now.
The things we go through in this life are temporary, but we can have hope in eternal things. John 16:33 says
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Whatever you are going through today, lean into God and rely on His strength. Arm yourself with Bible verses that you can speak out loud and pray when doubts and worries creep in. (Below are some verses that helped me.)
Praise God, He has restored my health and I am able to resume my passion of fitness again, but my goals are very different now. I view it a gift that I must steward and use for His glory. My mission is more about forming relationships and using my story to help others who may be going through struggles of their own. I can say with confidence that I am thankful for my struggle because without it I would not have stumbled across GOD’S STRENGTH.