I’ve been having a lot of issues with fear lately. There is so many unknowns in this world and with all the craziness out there… the wars, the unrest, the busyness of the highway, the busyness of life, my child that’s growing up way too fast, my husband that is so busy, and then there’s weird personal issues like fearing what people think of me, of messing up, and all that goes along with that.
There’s many verses in Scripture to counteract that mindset. A favorite of mine is 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.” Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation: I will trust and not be afraid.”
The book of Psalms has a lot of trust verses. But the whole Bible is full of the fact that God is trustworthy. That God is in control. That God has a plan.
Here are two principles that we need to remember in our daily walk:
- Fear does not come from God. He plainly tells us He gives us the spirit of power. Fear comes from the enemy. Satan wants us be scared and cower and not do anything that takes too much courage or faith because what if we mess up? Or what if someone thinks we’re foolish or ridiculous? Or what if it doesn’t turn out?
That can stop us from helping someone in need. It can keep us from doing His will. It can keep us from obedience to the Holy Spirit telling us to talk to someone. It can keep us from showing someone that we care! That brings me to the second principle.
- Perfect love casts out fear. That verse is in 1 John 4:8 – “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” When we are afraid to help someone or go out of our comfort zone, here’s a question to ask ourselves. “Am I loving God like I should?” Do we have true love in our hearts for those around us?
When we don’t love as we should, that is essentially selfishness. It boils down to the fact that we care more about ourselves and what others think more than what God thinks. We can think of a thousand excuses simply because we are afraid. But God says, he’s given us the spirit of love. We need to be listening to God’s voice over anything else!!
Let’s talk about fearing what other people think. Recently I came face to face with this in my own life. A friend and I were discussing an upcoming barbecue that we were planning to do.
We figured out what we were grilling and who was doing it, and then instead of talking out the rest of the meal, because she wasn’t taking charge, I just went quiet and decided that she would let me know what else to bring.
I didn’t offer to bring anything more than my five pounds of chicken. I was afraid that she would think I was trying to be in charge. I was scared that she would think I was being a know-it-all. I was cowering in the background waiting for someone to tell me what to do. Well, since I didn’t offer, she ended up doing most of the food, and I did a very small part of it. There were hard feelings, hurts, and a lot of attitudes that could completely have been avoided if I had just faced my fears, started talking, and offered to help.
The only Person that we should care about what He thinks is our Father in heaven. He does care about what we do. He cares about whether we are doing our little part or not. He can use just 5 loaves and 2 little fish. Let’s go back to the Jesus’ day, when He did an amazing miracle.
There was thousands of people following Jesus, listening to Him teach, and waiting for Him to do a miracle. There was a young man who had a lunch along to the seaside where Jesus was teaching… It was close to evening. The people were all getting hungry, and Jesus probably was too. The disciples wanted to send the multitude away so they could go and get food for themselves at least.
Here comes this young man. He holds out his basket. “I’ve got a little lunch, i don’t know if you can use it?” Jesus thanks him, and then thanks the Father. He tells the disciples to go make the people sit down, then breaks bread and gives it to the disciples to give to the people.
Imagine the amazement when the bread didn’t run out. There was still fish leftover when all 5,000 men were fed!! All because of one young man’s courage. God is definitely able to use our efforts, even though they may seem insignificant.
We might feel like we don’t have much to offer. We aren’t very efficient. We aren’t very gifted with words. We don’t cook that well. Why should we try and witness or offer to help when there are much more qualified people out there to do it?
That’s the thing. There’s not more qualified people out there. You are qualified. You are chosen. You can do whatever He calls you to! God told Joshua: “Be strong and courageous, and do not be afraid. I will go with you wherever you go.” That’s a promise to us as well.
Take courage, Friend! God can use you, if you give Him all the broken pieces!
Have an amazing weekend!