I have a fear of fire, some have a fear of spiders or heights. This blog post isn’t about overcoming phobias or simply “being” more courageous by doing a firefighter’s course or facing a 9-meter jump. I want to talk deep innermost fears, in hope for me (and you) to overcome fear.
It really is amazing how God gently prepares us!
In June last year, I did a short 5-week course at our local church about hearing God’s voice. The themes included, hearing God’s voice, decerning between your own voice and His and building confidence through the practice of prophesying over other people.
The highlight of the course was when a team of Christians with a passion for prophecy served and ministered to us.
I was given a word that didn’t make much sense at the time. The word revolved around the concept of fear and how I needed to overcome fear.
I received beautiful confirmation that there will be breakthroughs in various areas of my life. Along with encouragement, that “perfect love casts out all fears” and it is time to stop being afraid and trust God… God has my back… Time to let go of people holding me back… Don’t be afraid to speak what God puts on your heart – simply trust in Him.
Naturally, I presumed that the breakthroughs and the fear, not’s, were connected.
Which in hindsight, is not.
The breakthroughs are still lingering – within arms’ reach, but just-just out of my grasp. But here’s the thing – I was still waiting and praying for the breakthroughs, oblivious to the fear!
God is a Gentle God
I know God is almighty, all powerful and unexplainable – which translates in ‘we need to fear God‘! Isn’t it just amazing how this incomprehensible God comes and speaks to us, gently and intimately! In a way that we will finally hear and understand!
I am in awe of the patience and dedication He has for dealing with me.
Run with Joy
- Hustle with the right things in order to push through the boundaries and receive the breakthrough for His glory.
- Physically run! It’s time to start looking after my body, shed the extra kilos. Time to be strong and healthy!
The sad part is that I have stagnated over the past month and a half. With Oli in the hospital and life (personal and work matters) demanding my attention, I have literally* been holding my breath.
Without me knowing it, I have been paralysed with fear, to the extent that I haven’t functioned properly for the past couple months.
The enemy is cunning with his manipulation. I mean, honestly – how am I to overcome fear, if I’m not even aware of the fear that has me paralysed?
Overcome Fear in Your (My) innermost being
Knowing that I am in a state of fear is probably the biggest gain. Understanding that I am being manipulated by the enemy tells me I am in a spiritual battle.
We all know there’s a spiritual battle all around us, but knowing we are caught up in the middle – hanging by a thread – makes the world of difference. It makes it personal.
I am no expert on the matter and I am prepared to share any wisdom and knowledge I learn through the process.
Here’s what I know
2.) It’s time for me to lay down the things making me anxious and time to start trusting! He is a good God and He has my back. Despite the things that go “wrong” from my perspective – His will be done, He will be glorified and I will learn and grow in the process.
3.) He holds me in the palm of His hand (Isa 49:16)
4.) God knows what the future holds, He is omnipresent – He is there already. There is no point in me stressing about it!
5.) It is time for me to replace every lie of the enemy with truth from my Father!
6.) My God will restore two-fold what was lost. (Zech 9:12)
Here’s what I know, I might say all of the above with little conviction today. If I keep speaking the Truth, every-single-day, I will start to believe in my core and that is where faith begins.
Today is the start of me claiming what is rightfully mine. I am a Daughter of the King, in Him, I am strong and healthy, I am a conqueror through Christ who strengthens me.