What Frightens You?


Jeremiah 1:1-3:14

So, what are you afraid of? Is something holding you back from the best God has to offer? It’s highly likely that Fear is either driving you where you shouldn’t be going or holding you back from where you want to be. And it’s high time you identify that Fear and trade it in for TRUST!

You might not be able to trust the government, money, health, your spouse, your friends or maybe even me, but you can ALWAYS trust God to do what is in your best interest. Even, if it doesn’t always look like that’s what’s happening.

In the words of *Beth Moore, from So Long, Insecurity You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us (page 323), “Fear consumes massive amounts of energy and focus and can chew a hole through our intestines, our relationships, and countless great opportunities. At the risk of oversimplifying, the kind of fear we’re talking about is a colossal waste of time.”

Seriously, if I can’t count on God, who can I count on? Certainly not myself!!!

Isaiah 33:6 NET says that “[God] is our constant source of stability.” The NLT version says that God “will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge.”

In other words, you can trust God, He’s not going to move or change an inch causing everything you’ve built on Him to fall. He is a solid foundation upon which to put your hope, your trust and your life. Those things that cause you to fear and ruffle the feathers of your insecurities have no power over you when you’ve given them to the LORD to handle.

Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that said, “The Buck Stops Here“. Ultimately meaning that anything that happened during his presidency he was prepared to take responsibility for because he was the one in charge and making the decisions. When we hand our fears over to God, that’s the sign He puts on His desk. “I am in charge of this thing you’re afraid of. And I will take care of it in the best way possible.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

In Beth Moore’s book, she details a conversation she had with the LORD where He completely addressed and nullified her worst fears by playing them ALL the way out. And I’d like for us to do that too in order to allow the LORD to completely address and nullify our worst fears as well. All you have to do is answer two simple questions:

  1. What’s the thing you’re most afraid of right now?
  2. Now let’s say that thing actually happens. Then what?

I’ll go first.

  1. What’s the thing you’re most afraid of right now?

    Not becoming the author/speaker that I dream of becoming. And although God has shown me countless visions and told me, “Thus saith the LORD, I have called you to be My prophet and speak My word to My people around the world.” I’m still afraid that I have the ability and power to screw that up somehow and maybe not become everything He created me to be. This would cause me to disappoint Him – which would kill me. The last thing I want to do is disappoint the One who died to save my soul from eternal damnation.

  2. Now let’s say that thing happens. Then what?

    If I don’t become the famous author/speaker that I dream of, then I stay where I am. I’ll write on the blog that sends emails out to 36 people daily and has been viewed over 8,830 times from over 107 countries around the world since February 25th, 2012. I’ll work a day job where the people I serve adore me and thank me for brightening their day. I’ll stay in the house I’ve been working on personalizing for the last seven years and finally have it just the way I like it. I’ll stay where my family lives, breathes and loves. I’ll keep writing the bi-weekly articles for our county paper and occasionally have complete strangers come up to me just to say, “I love your articles!”

And while Fear is trying to tell me that I have the power to undo what God has proclaimed over me, the Truth is that I actually have the power to undo Fear itself! Fear is doing his best to distract me from the Truth that no matter how far along I am in the building process, my blueprints still say, “Skyscraper: Mightily Anointed Child of the One True King.”

And as far as disappointing my Daddy God; how can you disappoint someone whose already seen how it all turns out? How can you disappoint the One who MADE the plans? He knows your very nature because He created it to be weak and fragile and susceptible to temptation in order that you would reach out for Someone strong and solid and completely insusceptible to temptation – God. No matter how hard you try you don’t have the power and authority to wreck God’s plans for you and your future. If you did, what kind of all-knowing God would He be?

Hallelujah! I’ve got to say that again because you KNOW it’s the TRUTH!

No matter how hard you try, you don’t have the power and authority to wreck God’s plans for you and your future. If you did, what kind of all-knowing God would He be?

Be still my Beloved Friend. Be still and know that HE is God! (Psalm 46:10) Not you. Not me. HE is God.

“That’s right, and it means that I am watching and I will certainly carry out all My plans.” Jeremiah 1:12

 

* Moore, Beth. So Long, Insecurity You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us. 2010. Tyndale House Publishers.

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