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Drowning Your Fears | June 2, 2015

 

I’m posting this in hopes that I can reach someone who needs a little good old fashioned fear-drowning.  😉  Maybe I’m only posting this for me.  God knows, and that’s all that matters.

Most of us (if not ALL of us) make excuses for not doing things we feel called to do, and most of the time it’s driven by fear.
Fear of failure.
Fear of becoming an outsider.
Fear of the unknown.

I say this because I’ve been there.  Many times.  You’re not alone, my friend.

Maybe you feel God urging you to reach out to a long lost friend and make amends, but you’re afraid of rejection.

Or perhaps God is pulling on your heart to open your dinner table to the next door neighbors and reach out to them by sharing His love over a meal.  But you haven’t extended the invite because you’re afraid things could get a little awkward if you just don’t end up “clicking.”  You know what I’m talking about.

Whatever the case may be, I want to encourage you today to let God drown those fears.  Scripture shows us time and time again that fear of that nature is not from Him- it’s the enemy’s way of keeping you tied down.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:15

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.  2 Timothy 1:7

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.  1 John 4:18

I could keep going, too.  So I urge you (myself included!!), do not give the enemy the privilege of holding you back in fear!  If I can speak from personal experience, I’ve found that the times I’m feeling really fearful about making a leap forward in something I feel led to do, it’s a clear cut sign that I’m on the right track to fulfilling God’s purpose for my life… Cause if the opposition is working that hard to keep me huddled in my comfort zone with my lips closed tight, there must be a good reason why he doesn’t want me to break free from the chains of fear he has wrapped me up in.

If I could just finish this by leaving you these words from one of my favorite Bethel Music worship songs:

You split the sea so I could walk right through it,
You drowned my fears in perfect love.
You rescued me so I could stand and sing…
I am a child of God!

XO, Marybeth

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