I know it’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post, so I’m excited to share this message that God has placed on my heart. I pray it blesses you as much as it blessed me while writing it.
For anyone who has dealt with comparison, depression, fear, anxiety, being a people pleaser, or has dealt with the fear of failing and rejection, you are NOT alone. The specific area I’m going to highlight and address is the spirit of fear and the fear of rejection.
I am a believer, so the foundation of this message is coming from the Word of God and also, my personal experience.
Have you ever felt so afraid to make a mistake or to look like an idiot for trying something new or different, that you thought your way right out of what you believed God was telling you to do? I know I have many, many times. Fear is real and if not delivered from it or educated on what God says about fear, it can be detrimental to us individually, but also, to those who are around us.
It’s like being in an invisible mental prison or feeling tied up without people knowing that you’re actually mentally trapped.
For years, I had battled with being fearful of things such as failing, not accomplishing all that God wants me to do, the fear of making costly mistakes, the fear of people or of what people think about me, and the list goes on and on and on.
Can you relate?
I had always wondered why I was afraid to speak up when I knew deep inside that I really had a lot to say. The fear of worrying about what people thought of me or the fear of me sounding stupid for speaking what was on my mind, were thoughts that constantly bombarded and tormented my mind and heart. They sometimes still do to be transparent with you.
It was like a mental battle in my mind warring again the flesh and the spirit. After years of not understanding why I had these mental wars and wondering if something was wrong with me, God reminded me of what He said in His Word about fear.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) – 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 hand right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 was a reminder to me that God has instructed us not to fear. This verse is what has comforted me over the years.
I heard the saying False Evidence Appearing Real, as a reminder of what F.E.A.R really is. It’s not real. It’s from the enemy or the devil. It’s not from my loving, all knowing, omnipotent God. As I was doing some reflection this past week, I had some episodes of fear and am sharing 3 key action steps I took when I was tormented with fear that you can also take.
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1. I got real with myself and with God and acknowledged that I was walking in fear. It was when I confessed my sin before the lord and repented with a sincere heart that I felt the weight of the guilt I was carrying leave.
1 John 1:9
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
2. I searched for scriptures in the Word that spoke about faith and God’s promises.
It made a difference when I searched for scriptures pertaining to my specific fear because I was able to see what God says about it and speak the Word over myself out loud. Saying scriptures out loud allowed me to audibly hear who I am in Christ and to not believe the lies of Satan.
3. I asked God for forgiveness and reminded myself of who I am in Christ Jesus.
Doing this helped me free up the guilt that I was carrying and holding on to. God reminded me of Acts 3:19, which says “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
Praise God for His refreshing and for reminding me that His grace is made sufficient in our weakness.
Thank you Jesus!! Thank you Jesus!!
I hope these three steps that I shared and still take to this day are ones that you can apply to your life whenever you feel you’re being overcome by a spirit that is opposite of God’s Word. The lies of Satan.
Know that God knows EVERYTHING you’re experiencing right now and He has not forgotten about you. I know it may be hard, but always remember, that He knows the desires of your heart and more than any human, has your best interest at heart.
I pray this message encouraged you in your walk with Christ and that you will share this message with others.
Please share in the comments how you overcame fear of some kind and the steps you’ve taken to ignore the lies of the enemy. I’m sure others will be blessed by hearing your story.