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Trust Over Fear

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe”- Proverbs 29:25

Fear is one of the enemy’s favourite tools to keep us from going forward in our lives. As soon as we make a decision to step out in faith and do what God is telling us to do, immediately the enemy will bring fear. He’ll put thoughts in your mind like, “What if I fail? What will others think? Maybe I don’t have what it takes.” He’ll do his best to use fear to try to convince you to shrink back and just stay right where you are.

The Bible tells us that fear is a spirit. It affects your emotions. But when you choose to put your trust in the Lord, no matter how you are feeling, you are combating fear.

Today, I encourage you, don’t allow fear to trap you and hold you back. Instead, take a step of faith knowing that God is on your side. He is for you and with you, leading and guiding you in the path of victory all the days of your life!

The Right Kind of Fear

Simply put, to fear God means I am one of His children who, out of reverence for my Heavenly Father and His holiness, wants to know that His face is turned toward me in love and that He is smiling on me. I want to do nothing that offends Him or causes me to be under His frown.

That is what our forefathers called “filial fear.” Filial refers to the relationship of a child to his or her parents. This is produced not by a cringing terror of judgment but by the tender love of the Lord. It is knowing that the Holy One has given His only Son for sinners such as I and “causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.” I tremble before the costliness and passion of His love for me.

True, there is a kind of fear that is a fear of judgment. But that is not the relationship the child of God has with the Heavenly Father! Rather, filial fear is the increasing awareness of how much we are loved, coupled with the knowledge that the Lord will not leave us unchanged—His love must possess every part of us!

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

He Holds You in His Hand

“Fear not, for I am with you…I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My right hand…” – Isaiah 41:10

We all face situations in life that feel out of control. During times like these, it’s easy to get discouraged and allow fear to creep in; but instead, why don’t you focus on the fact that God is holding you in the palm of His hand! There is nothing too difficult for Him; nothing’s impossible; nothing is beyond His ability. When God holds you in His hand, you are safe; you are cared for. In His hand, there is victory. In His hand, there is strength. In His hand, there is provision. In His hand is everything you need.

No matter what you may be going through today, you can trust that God is for you. Instead of getting down and depressed over your circumstances, look up and get a vision of God turning that situation around. Let faith arise in your heart and focus on His favor, promotion and blessing. As you keep your heart and mind focused on Him and choose to obey His Word, you’ll see those supernatural breaks that will launch you further ahead than you ever thought possible because He holds you with His victorious right hand!

Resist Fear

“Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined]…”
(I Peter 5:9, AMP)

The very moment you first feel fear, you have to resist it and act against it. If you make the mistake of dwelling on your fears and start thinking about all the reasons why you can’t do what God is telling you to do, then it won’t be long before you develop a negative mindset that will make it much more difficult to overcome.

When God told David to go fight Goliath, the Bible says that David moved quickly toward the battlefield. In other words, he didn’t think about it. He didn’t allow fear to grip his heart and talk him out of it. He just did what God wanted him to do.

So many people today are just sitting on the sidelines of life. They have tremendous potential on the inside, but they keep letting the enemy talk them out of doing what God wants them to do. Every time they get a vision of victory for their life, the enemy brings fear; and they just swallow his lies hook, line, and sinker. Don’t let that be you! Instead, obey quickly. Resist fear and boldly embrace everything the Lord has in store for you!