In my teachings I often talk about how we can become numb to words and even teachings that we think we have down-pat. Here’s an example. We know a lot about faith (so we think), and we talk a lot about faith, but how often do we really operate in it on a moment-by-moment basis? … Hmm
Back in the eighties when Anthony and I were in multi-level marketing we were taught to affirm “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself”. It’s a pretty deep statement when you think about it. At the time I hadn’t fully wrapped my mind around what it meant.
Today I understand that the THING that’s causing fear is not the real problem. It’s the spirit of fear itself. The things we fear are like the giants in the Promised Land. They’re put there to stop and block our blessings, but they don’t have the power to stop us. The things we fear can only harm us if we believe they will. All we have to do is walk towards them full of faith, and they will move out of our way. Did you know that? Do you believe that?
I often think we underestimate the danger of fear, and how much negative control it has on our lives. Fear not only keeps us from what we want, it keeps us away from all that Jesus died for us to have, including life itself. Jesus confirms this in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly…” Fear is a demonic spirit whose ultimate purpose is to lead us away from our purpose-driven, world-changing, dream life.
To achieve this, it plots and plans our premature death. For some it’s physical death, for others it’s the death of their soul (mind, will & emotions). I’ve seen this happen so many times beloved. Fear keeps us sick, in mental and emotional pain, stuck, stressed out, limited, broke, in addictions, anger and hate, all for the purpose of keeping us away from the truth of who we truly are.
Turning Fear Into Favor
The good news is, we can turn the tables on fear and use it as a tool to navigate our path to purpose and prosperity. You see when the spirit of fear comes you now know why. You now know that it is trying to keep you away from a blessing. We also know that God takes what the enemy means for our harm and turns it around for our good. So in truth fear is doing you a favor. Instead of giving into it and turning away, you can ask the Holy Spirit for guidance as you move towards what you fear in faith knowing that a blessing is right behind the fear.
The problem is, most of the time fear lurks around in our unconscious mind feeding us with deceptions and distorting the truth. This is why the Word says ‘You will know the truth and the truth will make you FREE.’ And that’s why we have to look FEAR straight in the eye as David did when he faced Goliath and remind it of how God has seen you through all the times before.
The bottom line is that it’s okay to feel the fear, just don’t BE afraid. Jesus knows what’s in store for us when we keep our faith. This is why the word tells us again and again to fear not, to only believe, for only then can we turn fear into favor.
Your Coaching Assignment:
Grab your journal and answer these questions.
Don’t be afraid to uncover your fears. By looking at them with the eyes of faith, you become available to the Holy Spirit who will guide you through and around them.
1) What are you afraid of? Get it all out. Breathe through it.
2) How are you letting FEAR stand in the way of today? Write it all out.
3) What are the comfort zones you retreat to? (overeating, excuses, procrastination, alcohol, TV)
4) Learn your fear indicators. How is your body responding to the fear? Where do you feel out of alignment in your body when you feel fear?
5) Throughout the day affirm and boldly declare “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind.”
I’m here for you, to support you in expanding into your desires and the plan God has for your life. Be open to being supported rather than retreating to your fears (false evidence appearing real.)
You can do this!
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