I am in the midst of making a huge decision for my life, by stepping into and starting a new ministry venture. This is big for me and a huge step of faith, which of course seems to bring with it that temptation to let fear creep in. But as a true believer I don’t have to walk in fear or let fear have any foothold in this process. I have learned the following and I want this to encourage you:
Fear within exaggerates the causes of fear without. In other words, your inward emotional fear can very well make the circumstances you ‘fear’ immensely bigger than they are and in reality what you ‘fear’ is not ‘worthy’ of any fear at all! If you let yourself walk in a timid, cowardly spirit, afraid of men, and of what they may say or do; you will allow yourself to be disheartened in or be deterred from the work of the Lord, which can include the preaching of the Gospel, sharing your testimony with a friend, opposing the errors of false teachers, starting a new ministry venture, and doing other aspects of ministry to which the Lord has called you.
You must connect with the realization that you have been given a spirit of POWER and that you as a true Christian are indwelt by the Spirit of God who is imparting this power, and this power has the ability to “cast out fear” from yourself. Please understand that God has already given you, a true believer, all the spiritual resources you need for every threat and trial. Isn’t that awesome! You have been given a power that is able to fortify you against reproaches and persecutions for the sake of Christ as well as giving you the ability to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ!” Determine today that you will have ‘No Fear’, just the indwelling power of the Spirit of God.
2 Timothy 1:7…“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”—ESV