When describing my daughter, Chloe, I catch myself saying, “She has no fear!” Shaking my head and clinching my teeth, I cringe as if it’s a bad trait she inherited. The girl loses all sense of reasoning when caught up in the moment of something she thinks is wise. No matter how many times we tell her, “Chloe, if your sister is telling you that’s not a good idea, you should probably listen to her.” Nevertheless, she continues on her merry way, later to regret her choices. Maybe a better word choice is, “She has no caution.” The more I think about it, she should be fearless-not reckless, but fearless.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.-2 Timothy 1:7
There’s a big difference between being fearless and reckless. May we be fearless in God’s clear directions for us, not reckless in our own clouded desires. I know Chloe needs to learn that lesson one day, as should we all, at some point in our lives. I notice Chloe, looking at the world around her with wide-eyed wonder and adventure, uninhibited by fear and worry, and I wish I were more like her. I think God does too.
If you had God’s approval and fear was out of the equation, what would you do with wild abandon for God? Maybe, it would be to open your own business, go back to school, reach for that dream job, move to a new place, or go on a mission trip. Maybe it’s not to move a muscle at all. But to be still, and know that He is God.
Why do we experience fear, if God didn’t give us a spirit of fear? Because it’s the enemy’s tactic of stripping us of God’s blessings and snatching God’s glory. Fear deters us from our destiny.
The enemy knows that I know God’s word. But, he wants nothing more than for me to doubt, believing God’s word applies to everyone except me. He wants you to believe that lie too. Maybe, you’ve also heard his lies:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, but not in your trouble. The mess you’re in this time is too big for God.
And the Holy Spirit helps in our weakness, but not in your weakness. You’ll fall flat on your face.
For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. No you can’t. You. Can’t. Do. It.
Enough is enough. I’m fed up with the enemy, tired of his crafty, terrifying schemes that make me give up, or worse, scare me into not even trying. When the enemy paralyzes you with fear, he is the one who’s scared. He shudders in his scaly skin, afraid you’ll live out the amazing plans of the One who created you for them. Let God’s grace, love, and power overwhelm you to the point, you overcome your fear.
Faith overpowers fear. Our level of faith reflects our level of trust. Faith that walks with God, works for God, and waits on God leads you to your destiny. Don’t let Satan talk you out of the place, where God wants you to walk in faith. Our faith should be a fierce force to reckon with. Let’s be assured in our anointing, courageous in our calling that we don’t leave the enemy even an inch of every mile God has ordained for us to tread.
My hope and prayer is that others will look at you and me and say, “She has no fear. That girl is FEARLESS!
The women at my church are studying Priscilla Shirer’s Fervent. In this study, she list the top 10 lies the enemy tells and gives us prayer strategies to combat them. Whether your prayer life needs an overhaul or just a little boost, or you simply need to be made more aware of his lies, I highly recommend this book. Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer