“… no one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life.” Joshua 1:5

In every season, we’re called to take ground. God has something unique for each of us – He has people for us to share with, places for us to carry His light into and encounters we can really only experience when we’re living fully abandoned to Him. But there is something that holds us back, paralyzes us and keeps us from the fullness that God has for us.

Fear.

I’VE ALMOST COMPLETELY DISREGARDED MY CALLING BECAUSE OF FEAR.

Many things can arouse fear within us, and it can stem from an attack, our own weaknesses or life experiences.

Fear tends to keep us idly waiting for someone else to take the lead. But in this life, there is no neutral. You are either moving forward or you’re sliding backward. I continually come to places and find things standing against me, and I just want to stop or turn back. But that isn’t what we were made for.

Rather than allowing us to dream, we stay up at night asking all of the, “what if,” questions. Our focus shifts from our greater calling to calming our anxiety.

FEAR ISN’T JUST A THOUGHT, IT CAN BECOME ALL-ENCOMPASSING – MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.

But when God places a calling on our lives, there is an assurance that He will never leave of forsake us, and that He will prepare the way for us.

We were never meant to fall victim to fear, but to overcome it.

IN RESPONSE:

Take a look at two tools to help us overcome our fears:

  1. The Word of God // Joshua 1:7 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” There is a promise for us that if we keep God’s Word on our lips and meditate on it daily, we will be prosperous. Keep speaking out the Word of God, especially when you’re in a mental block.
  2. Go back to the root of your fear // Fear comes in at different experiences, go back to those memories and ask Jesus where He was in those moments. Allow Him to speak and bring healing to that place of fear.

This post was written based around a message from All Peoples Church Lead Pastor Robert Herber.