START Living Fearlessly

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” 

{Psalm 27:1 ESV}

I’m not a brave person. I have overcome many fears, but I still have many fears that I struggle to overcome. Some of my biggest fears revolve around disappointing people and failing at anything I try to do. I want to do things right and I want to do them right on the first try. I’m just a little bit of a perfectionist, and I get discouraged easily when I can’t do things correctly.

It is part of the reason why getting started is so hard for me.  Take my weight, for example. I am overweight. I know that I need to lose the weight and to live a healthier lifestyle, but I’m so afraid that I can’t do it that I don’t even try. I will set a goal and make a plan to reach that goal, but I don’t get started on the plan. I’m too afraid to try.

Fear is the opposite of faith though. You can’t live a life of faith and be fearful. In order to truly live, you have to live in faith and not in fear.

When we live in fear, we are saying to the Lord that we don’t believe. We are telling Him that we don’t believe in the promises that He has given. We are telling Him that we don’t believe that His plans are to prosper us and that all things work to our good. When we live in fear, we are telling Him that we don’t think that He is strong to help us overcome our fears. We are telling Him that the problems that we face are too big for Him, but they are not.

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When we live in fear, we are telling ourselves that we can’t do it. We are saying that we can’t change. We are telling ourselves that nothing we do matter. We are saying to ourselves that we don’t matter.

But we do matter. We are important. God created us. He gave each and every one of us a purpose, and when we choose to live in fear, we are choosing to deny that purpose.

Living fearlessly is a choice. The emotion of fear is going to come, but living in that fear is a choice. We are choosing to let that fear dictate our actions and our decisions.

But God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

By choosing to live in fear, we are choosing to deny the Spirit that the Lord has given us.

Don’t give in to your fear. Focus on the Lord, and allow Him to give you the strength that you need to overcome it. He can, and He will. All you have to do is ask.

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