Tag Archives: Fear

Allowing Fear in the Face of Courage

I know that sounds backwards. It’s meant to.

It’s meant for those moments when you are so motivated to step out and act out, but then you chicken out.

Like when that awesome song you love starts playing in your earbuds and you think you could just bust the most fantastic moves in the middle of the gym. But then real life comes into focus and you remember you are just not that coordinated.

Yeah…too many other examples to list. But what big life changing things have you missed out on by allowing fear in the face of a moment of courage. What God thing did you miss out on by quenching the spirit.

As we start taking ourself less seriously and understanding that what other people think doesn’t matter as much, we’ll get a lot more big things done. Because it is only God and His glory that will matter in the end.

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Heart Pounding Encounter

Have you taken a moment to ponder what Moses must have been feeling emotionally and physically during his encounter with God at the burning bush? This was his first encounter with God.

I know there are other more episodic encounters between the two, but this was Moses’ first time encountering God.

What a heart pounding experience this must have been.

This encounter changed Moses’ life forever.

Yet, Moses had to overcome his own fear of inadequacy before committing to his complete life change.

Surely his life would have changed simply by having contact with God’s spirit, but he had to get past his fears before accepting his role in the full plan God had for his life.

But once God gave a response to all of Moses’ weak excuses, Moses finally picked up his mantle and became all that he was purposed to be in God’s plan.

If a book where to be written about our lives, at what occasion would the readers find our weak excuses we give to God?

Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, ” I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The Lord , the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations. Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord , the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.
Exodus 3:13‭-‬16 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/exo.3.13-16.NASB

The Hidden Past That Kills You

I mess up. You mess up. Sometimes we might mess up big, life altering big. But those mistakes do not mean God loves us less than anyone else.

Did you ever hide a sin because you were ashamed? Did you and your parents ever decide to hide your sin?

Hiding our mistakes can be much worse than revealing them.

Life altering mistakes or sins may seem easier to deal with if we hide them, because we think we can minimize the impact or dodge scorn and gossip. Yet the emotional and health related impacts can pile up higher and higher the longer we keep that secret hidden and refuse to appropriately deal with it.

King David messed up big time, several times in fact. He admitted it. He also gave us examples of how we are supposed to deal with our failures and examples of how we should not deal with them. We should learn from the examples we have been given by our Lord through the inspired word.

For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
Psalms 38:18 NASB

Don’t pretend you are perfect. Always walk humbly knowing that everyone has sinned. Yet repent of your own sin, which means to turn from your sin. One day all things will be revealed. When you hide your mistake it is a cause of anxiety and will be used against you by the enemy and it can do hold you back from moving on to full life.

Anxiety and fear cause many health issues in life and a full healing can never take place until you open those past wounds that were never cleaned out and remove the infection.

Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops. “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him.

Luke 12:1-5 NASB

Don’t deceive yourself or anyone else. Hiding your past mistakes will not make them go away and it won’t help anyone else learn from your mistake. It also delays the healing and reconciliation process while causing anxiety within you.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

1 John 1:8-10

Decisions

Family depending
Reputation hinging
Career upending
Fear

Fear erupting
Indecision paralyzing
Just have to keep moving forward
Trusting

The insides quiver
The mind races
What will I do
Prayer

Calming presence
Loving assurance
Big things beginning
Ordinary extraordinary

Copyright 2018 onechristianman.com Johnathan Sexton

No Fear

This verse, Isaiah 41:10, showed up in my reading plan today and is also the Bible app verse of the day.

Let’s be fearless as we take on the work set before us today.

“‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.”
Isaiah 41:10‭-‬11 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/isa.41.10-11.NASB