A WARNING ABOUT FEAR…
Do not let fear hold you back from doing what God has called you to do in any and all areas of your life. As the Lord tells us hundreds of times in the Bible in one form or another, FEAR NOT.
“Fear is holding you back from doing everything I have called you to do,” the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart one day. He wasn’t finished. “Fear not.”
Now the Lord was warning me not to let fear hold me back in EVERYTHING because He knows in some areas of my life I am moving confidently forward with my trust placed solidly in Him. In other areas, I have continued to let fear hold me back. He wants me – and us – to put our trust, hope, confidence, and faith in Him in ALL THINGS. With EVERYTHING.
The Lord impressed strongly on my heart to tell you who are reading this the following:
“TELL MY PEOPLE NOT TO FEAR. TELL THEM NO MORE REFUSING TO DO MY WILL BASED ON FEAR.”
This leads me to believe someone or many people reading this are clear about the Lord’s will but are refusing to obey because you are stuck in, or paralyzed by, FEAR.
Friend, I am resolved to go forward by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I have long since learned we need to obey the Lord no matter what our emotions have to say. Even if we “feel” fear, we can purpose it in our hearts to follow the Lord and His will for us regardless. Countless times in the past few years out on the road full-time for the Lord around the United States with my handicapped ministry dogs, I have “felt” fear but chosen to keep obeying and following the Lord anyway.
He has given me the love, mercy, grace, wisdom, strength, prayer support, confidence, courage, boldness, and ability to press on following Him despite my FEELINGS of fear and no matter how hard the devil has come at me trying to get me to quit, cower, run, hide, and turn away from the Lord and His will.
Other times, such as with a message He has called me to deliver, I have allowed myself to be intimidated and to shrink back and hold back from courageously fulfilling the Lord’s will for me.
God wants us to obey Him in EVERYTHING friend, and if we’re holding back from Him and His will for us in ANY area of our lives due to fear, we need to heed His warning and FEAR NOT. And in His strength, grace, and mercy, we need to humble ourselves and move forward in obedience to God almighty in Christ, AMEN!
DO NOT RESIST THE LORD AND HIS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE. DO NOT RESIST AND DISOBEY IN ANYTHING. OBEY THE LORD IN EVERYTHING. DO NOT LET FEAR HOLD YOU BACK. WALK FORWARD BY FAITH IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR THE GLORY OF CHRIST, Amen!
Lord God, I am astounded at how much you have grown me over the years. I was paralyzed by fear it seems for so very long, but you are teaching me day by day how to live by faith and to trust in you, oh Lord. You are so merciful, patient, and forgiving as I still battle fear day by day. But oh, Lord, you fill me with your Holy Spirit more and more as I seek to be filled by you. And with your Spirit comes boldness, courage, and everything I need to go forward in your will for me. Just as you have grown me, dear Father, please help everyone who reads this devotional to put their trust in you, to have faith in you, to learn to live by faith and not be paralyzed by and stuck in fear. Lord, help us. Have mercy upon us. Help us to FEAR NOT. Thank you for this powerful message, dear Father, AMEN! And Lord, if anyone who reads this is resisting your plan for their lives, please Father give them the strength to say NO to the fear and YES FATHER, YES LORD to YOU! AMEN! Hallelujah, AMEN!
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Cor. 16:13-14
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10