How You Can Be Fearless
In his book Fearless, Max Lucado writes, “Can you imagine a life with no fear? What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?” If Mr. Max came to visit me I’d have to tell him, “No sir, I can’t imagine a life without fear. And, if I’m honest, I can’t even imagine that faith would always be my first response to threats. But what I can imagine is making fear work for me so that it makes me stronger.”
Does the idea of fear strengthening you sound absurd? The truth is that when you leverage fear it doesn’t have to cause you to fail. Instead, it can be the very reason you become a better you--and who God designed you to be.
Faith and fear are opposite
In Mark 4:40, when Jesus noticed that the disciples were afraid of the waves He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” In Mark 5:36 He told the synagogue ruler, Jarius, whose daughter was pronounced dead, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” In both of these instances faith is juxtaposed with fear because they are opposites. And where there is fear, there cannot be faith. But fear doesn't have to be a bad thing; you just have to know what to do with it.
Listen to your fear
If you listen to your fear it can be a great teacher. Here’s why: It will show you where you have holes in your shield of faith and where you aren’t believing God. Remember, fear and faith cannot coexist. When you understand why you aren’t believing God and the reason for your fear, the fear that was meant to destroy your faith can be used to strengthen your faith—and your determination.
Let’s say you're afraid of starting a new business venture. Leverage your fear for greater faith by asking the Lord, “Why am I afraid? What’s causing it?” Seek Him. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word and through the Holy Spirit to show you what’s behind your fear. For example, He may reveal to you that you're afraid because you don’t believe He is in control, or because you're afraid to succeed.
After God reveals to you why you are afraid, ask Him to show you the truth about your fear through Scripture and through the Holy Spirit. This is how fear, the very thing that could have paralyzed you, is the very thing that can make you stronger.
Again, fear does not have to be a bad thing; you just have to know what to do with it.
Are you afraid of the future or of what might or might not happen? Don’t allow fear to paralyze you; let it push you to seek the truth so you may fulfill God’s will for your life.
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