For God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
my daughters and I just got done reading through the book of Jonah. we are not told why Jonah at first disobeyed God, by not going to Ninevah, but we all agree that fear might have played a role in Jonah’s initial disobedience. fear might have crippled him and caused him to seek a way out instead. like many of us, Jonah might have wished or thought that God would forget, or simply not bring up the assignment again. but that was not the case. God caught up to him (not that He needed to catch up to him), and in the belly of a big fish, Jonah surrendered to God’s will, and agreed to deliver the news to the people of Ninevah.
fear is a terrible spirit
fear will hinder you from completing God’s assignment
fear will hinder the work of God in your life
fear will ROBE you of hope
a few days ago as I was driving, God reminded me that He had already parted the sea for me. for the past few week’s i have been facing a situation like none i have faced or even thought i would ever face. this left me questioning my assignment, and contemplating other options. there are days that seem good. days, filled with light and hope. days when the Lord’s assignment seems to unveil itself through the people i meet, and interact with. those days leave me with hope, and trust in my assignment. but there are also those days, that seem very dark. days that are dark, but never hopeless. that’s the good news. they are never hopeless days. though dark, the Lord has made sure that even in the midst of darkness, His light still shines. shines bright enough to give me hope.
hope to keep going.
and so it was, as i drove around that day, not too long ago, that the Lord also reminded me, that fear was my struggle. that in the midst of every challenge, i had let fear in, and then allowed fear to grow into this controlling agent, that controlled my hope and faith in our unchanging God, and His promises for our life. and like any parent would, our Father took me back to the very beginning. He opened my eyes to the seas that He had parted, just so that I could get to this place. He reminded me just how faithful He has always been, and continues to be. the sea had all along been parted, there is nothing that can stop God’s will over my life. not even fear. so long as I am willing to walk the walk. even if walking the walk, means walking through some tough terrain, so long as i am willing to walk the walk, He would always be beside me walking the walk as well. never to forsake me, nor leave me alone.
we serve a might big God
what has God put in your heart to do? has He called you to minister to the hopeless, and needy? has he called you to serve him in mission work? to start an orphanage? to preach His unchanging word? whatever area of ministry the Lord has called you to, my plea to you would be that you would kick fear out the curb, and step in the boldness of God and serve Him just where He has called you. remember, you will face challenges. nothing supernatural comes without a challenge. challenges endured in faith, result to victory, and victory means glory to God. also remember that, what God has called you to do, He has prepared you to complete. lean on His strength, wisdom and understanding, knowing that without Him, your are utterly hopeless. in Him alone, can you see victory, and a successful completion of His assignment. in Him alone. know that no matter how dark the days might seem, He has prepared before you seas that are parted just so that you can accomplish His will over your life. do not let fear stop, or delay the work of God in your life. step out in obedience, knowing that He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
and as i write this message, i have kicked fear out the curb. i have declared in the fullness of God, that i will no longer give refuge to fear. fear will no longer robe me of completing God’s assignments in my life. i am free from fear. fear no longer has any control over me. fear might have won previous battles, but God has won this war. Praise God!!
so i took the first step today, to reclaim my future, and i wrote an email. and in this email, i sent fear a loud and clear message, “YOU ARE NO LONGER IN CONTROL OVER MY LIFE. I AM NOT YOUR SLAVE.” and i must say, it felt really really good. my one and only desire in life, is to please God. i have shed enough tears over the past few days, angry at the revelation of the power i had given fear over my life. seeing my Father’s work complete, is my heart’s desire. i no longer live a life encompassed around me, and my heart’s desire, but i aim to always live a life encompassed around God’s will for my life. and nothing in this world, brings me more joy than seeing the work of God complete, and a new assignment received, and started. nothing. absolutely nothing. and so to see just how much power i had given fear, makes me so mad, but at the same time, i am joyful just knowing that fear is defeated.
know that when we let fear in, we are no longer operating in the Holy spirit. for fear is not from God, and therefore does not dwell in the realm of the Holy Spirit. when we let fear in, we are instead operating in the flesh. nothing divine and spiritual can be obtained in the flesh. we must die to flesh, so that the Spirit may dwell in us, and guide us through life. so for all of us this might mean, a daily surrender to God’s will. a daily renewal of our commitment to God, and His will over our life. like brother Lawrence says in the book – the practice of the presence of the Lord, we are to daily practice the Lord’s presence, that is the only way we remain connected to the Spirit.
no matter where you are today, it’s not too late to start. the bible says, the Lord’s mercies are new ever morning. renew your trust in God, seek His help and you will fulfill your God given purpose. Amen!!
i love this song by Bethel music. it’s perfect for today’s message. to enjoy the music, please pause the blog music located at the top right page of this blog.
until next time, have a blessed fearless week