Slave To Fear
Over the summer I began to teach my daughter how to swim. In the beginning it was difficult because she was fearful of going under the water without physically holding her nose. In her mind she thought that if she did not hold her nose, water would shoot inside of it. I explained that she had to hold her breath, not her nose. No matter how I tried to convince her that water would not enter her nose by holding her breath, she was still fearful. It wasn’t until I demonstrated it for her and went under the water myself, holding my breath, that she began to warm up to the idea. See, she didn’t understand the precautions she had to take, to keep from experiencing the discomfort that comes with water going into her nose. So after seeing me do it, she sucked in her breath, held it, and slowly began to descend into the water. After a few seconds she lifted her head, wiped her eyes and smiled. She realized that the thing she feared would happen, did not. I’m here to tell you that just like my daughter, you no longer have to be a slave to fear.
How many times have we made up stories in our head out of fear?
“I slept around with too many people, so no one will want to be in a relationship with me.” “I dropped out of school so I won’t be able to do better than this.” “My life is over because I’m a teen mom.” “I’m damaged goods because I got a divorce.” “There is no way I can ever buy a home since I messed up my credit.” Maybe you say “No one will hire me after being fired from my previous job?” or “I don’t have what it takes to start my own business.”. Does any of this resonate with you? No matter what story you have told yourself, it is a tactic of the enemy to create fear and prevent you from reaching your full potential.
Have you ever paid attention to how certain football players interact with each other during the game? It is the job of a running back to run the ball and make a touchdown. On the opposite team, it is the linebacker’s job to prevent the running back from scoring. This will result in a tackle. If you are a football fan, we all love to see a good tackle, especially to the team we are not pulling to win. Anyhow, when the linebacker makes a good tackle, you may see the him jump up with excitement and say something to try and intimidate to the one he just stopped from scoring. This is his attempt to play mind games with the opponent by convincing him to think that if he tries that same play again, he will get tackled even harder.
This is what Satan does to us throughout our lives. He will take any mistake we have made and bring it back up to us at the moment we make a decision to do better. Boom! A tackle comes out of nowhere reminding us of the mistake we made before. So now we sit in fear, afraid to love again, afraid to apologize, afraid to send that application, afraid to better ourselves. Now he has us right where he wants us, a slave to fear.
But I Know a Man…
He says that we are forgiven and there is no condemnation or disapproval of us. We are reminded that we are set free and not bound to the sin of our past. Jesus has granted us grace and brand new mercy each day, giving us an opportunity to do better. The person we used to be has passed in His eyes and we are made a new creature. Understand that there is no sin too great that The Creator of the universe can’t wash clean. He has not given us the spirit of fear but he has exchanged it and given us power, love and a sound mind. There is power in what we speak and it is time to take authority over our lives. Stop speaking negatively over yourself and speak life. It is time to tell your fears about the God you serve!
In Relentless Pursuit,
P.S. As children of God, we are not called be bound to fear. So if you are tired of doing things your way and haven’t accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, all you have to do is call on His name and believe that He died for your sins so that you may have eternal life.
“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood.” – Isaiah 54:4 NLT