Fear has the ability to keep you from God’s best for you. It can cripple your potential and hinder your dreams and goals. And here’s the thing: God never called us to live in fear!
It’s been said the Bible says to “fear not” 365 times. Whether it’s 365, less, or more the Bible makes it clear that we should fear not and trust God!
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight” (CSB).
Fear < trust in God. What do I mean by that? Trust in God is greater than any fear because fear only cripples and hinders but trust in God builds confidence, gives hope, and allows you to see the world from heaven’s perspective.
God’s best for you is not what the devil wants for you. The enemy of your soul desires fear to rule you. The devil knows if he can do that he will control you. God desires freedom for you. There’s no freedom in fear. There’s only freedom in Jesus.
Do you have goals or dreams?
Do you hope to write a book, start a podcast, launch a business, start a blog, plant a church, or do something else? Fear has the tendency to keep us from pursuing our God-given dreams and goals. I’ve found this to be true in my own life.
Fear has kept me from finishing a book to never publishing a blog post. Why? Usually, the fear of what others will think of me or what I wrote causes me to freeze up. It’s paralyzing. This type of thinking will rob you of God’s best for you. It certainly has for me on many occasions.
Jesus says in John 10:10, “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
Fear will hold you back from living that abundant life. When we focus on our fear we aren’t focusing on Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith (see Hebrews 12:2)!
Regardless of what fear you have or why, its endgame is to steal your focus, make you miserable, and rob you of God’s best for you. That’s what the enemy wants for you. But that’s not what God wants for you!
Fear is a liar BUT God is truth
Fear is a liar. Like the devil. But God is truth.
Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“
Jesus also tells us in John 8:44, concerning the devil, “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.”
The devil doesn’t want God’s best for you. He wants to, as John 10:10 says, “steal and kill and destroy” everything in your life! He hates you BUT God loves you! God’s love is greater than any hatred the devil has for you!
The devil is not and will never be God. His power is limited but God’s power is limitless.
Today, choose to believe God’s Word over the lies of the devil. Pray, get in the Bible, and ask Jesus to help you stand on truth and not fear. Fear is a liar just like the devil but God is truth and He desires to bless you so you can be a blessing to others.
As Pastor Robert Morris says below, “Let’s also put our trust in God and not fear!”