Fear. This filthy little monster creeps in unexpectedly to rob joy, steal hope and stifle dreams. Fear causes immobility because it whispers the “what ifs” that lead to deception. Fear is the one lie that offers a bounty of lies in its wake. It creeps in slowly, unknowingly and often disguised as reason, logic or reality. It takes the fragile flower of hope and crushes it with doubt. It leaves confusion where there was peace and fog where there was vision. Fear breeds rapidly if not recognized and removed. It gives life to deception which leads to discouragement. Discouragement causes defeat and defeat leads to despair.
Despair; “the complete loss or absence of hope”.
God does not give us the spirit fear. He “gives not a spirit of fear but one of love, power and a sound-mind”. Fear comes from the “enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour”. Fear is one of the enemy’s most powerful tools and it comes so often in disguise that recognizing the root of our rot as fear, can be difficult. Yet, nothing is impossible for our God! “For we know all things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose”. All things. Our God is mighty, strong, a consuming fire. “He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”. For “all the days ordained for us were written in God’s book before one of them came to be and we are God’s masterpiece”. He has “created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”.
Fear says, “its impossible”, God says, “I’ve already made the way”.
“Let us then strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us”.
Let us run. Not from fear, but without it. Let us drop our chains, the ones God never intended for us and let us run. Run in hope. Run with vision. Run with purpose. Run in the direction of the dreams God has placed in your heart. Run in freedom.
2 Timothy 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8, Romans 8:28, Deuteronomy 4:24, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 139:16, Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 12:1