One of the biggest hindrances to taking steps is fear. The fear of failure, rejection and loss are some reasons why we put a stop to advancing our careers, businesses, relationships and even our spiritual walk with God. Fear is the mother of all limitations and if it is not dealt with, it can have adverse effects on our lives in general.
We all have fears and anxieties about things, it is part of nature, however, our response to our fears is what determines whether we move ahead in life or not.
The bible tells a story about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus experienced tremendous amount of fear and anguish.
Matthew 26:36-39 says ” Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.””
Notice how Jesus dealt with His fear of going to the cross, first, He acknowledged His anguish and then confronted His fears. He did this through prayer. Sometimes, it is ok to admit our fears but we must not stop there, we have to face it with prayers to God for help. Prayers take our eyes from our fears and focuses them on God who is able to deliver us from fears. In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us pray to God when we are afraid and allow His peace to reign in our lives (I paraphrase).
Secondly, Jesus relied on a support system in this period of anguish, He had His disciples with Him and reached out to them to join Him in prayer. Friends, you will not overcome your fears alone, you will need God and a strong support system to help you overcome your fears. Also, when you are afraid, that is not the time to isolate yourself, that is the time to surround yourself with good friends/mentors that can help you.
Finally, Jesus understood that God was able to assist Him so He committed His fate and will in God’s hands and just rested in the final outcome. If there is any consolation, bible scholars tells us that the word “Fear Not” appears 365 times in the bible, one for each day.
God is on your side and He will help you overcome your fears. We just have to see that the images conjured by our fears are not reality but there to intimidate us. Have faith instead of fear in positive images produced by God’s word we will find it easier to take steps. So fear not and take steps. God bless.
Decision for Today: Lord I cast my cares, fears and worries on you, for you are able to help me.
Question for Today: What are you afraid of?