My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.
Eventually we all must stop running and face the things we fear most.
Eventually we all must make a decision to be specific about what we need and be ready to accept the gift that God has for us, or choose instead to decline it (and lose out).
Eventually we must make a decision about our life and how we want to live it—with intention or as a bystander. We must choose to commit ourselves 100% or live our remaining days as a fence-straddler—indecisive and confused.
Fear provides us with information that we need to process and make sense of, rather than be consumed by. There’s nothing wrong with being afraid. What we’re striving to reach is a point of continued faith that overrules the fear; there, our mind and heart get in alignment and while afraid we choose to “do it anyway”, we choose to take those steps forward, we choose to believe that God is right there guiding us.
Think of the faith walk of the various people featured in the Bible. Even in fear so many of them decided to choose God, be obedient, and make the decisions based on His direction. That’s where we all want to be in our life. When our trust is completely in Him, anything else is insignificant in comparison.
To build this trust we have to learn and practice listening for His voice (above all others) and communicating with Him through prayer and casual conversation. The more we engage with Him the more familiar and comfortable we become. We continue to sharpen our skills so that we can distinguish His voice and learn to be responsive to it, just as a sheep is to its shepherd.
Understand that the enemy is always lying and conniving, trying to find angles to confuse and trick you. That is why you must be a student and lover of God, developing a level of intimacy where you know His presence in your life, just like a baby knows its mother’s scent.
That’s what I’m aiming for. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of operating out of fear, making reckless decisions because I was too impatient to wait on God. I want to hear His voice and respond accordingly. I want to be able to distinguish His voice from all others, especially the crafty enemy and its determined crew.
Are you ready to stop living in, or should I say, existing in fear? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you done with living a mediocre life spiritually, financially, physically? Are you ready to take the first step to a better, more wholesome, more freeing and joy-filled life?
Then let’s do this!
Father thank You for another day, another sunrise, another breath, and for another opportunity to serve You and Your children. Father sometimes I live my day paralyzed in fear. I oftentimes make decisions out of fear, and then fear what this fear will do to me if I continue living this way. Then there are days I live courageously with little to no doubt in my heart and mind, where fear takes a backseat to faith, and in those days I am most confident and determined to live out my purpose fully.
Father free me from this toxic relationship that I have with fear. Help me to stand tall despite the odds, despite what others say and do, despite what the enemy says; I want to live courageously consistently. I want to live each day in the moment, embracing the present, with a spirit of joy at what may unfold today and what tomorrow may bring. I want to be prepared to receive the things that I wish for, that I need, and that You desire.
I’m tired of hiding, running, and being fearful. Free me Father so that I can live fully as You have intended. You are Jehovah Shalom, the Lord of Peace, and in You I will and do have peace. In Your name I pray and praise, giving You all the glory. Amen.
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