Fear Riding on my Shoulders
This last week as I started to venture down new paths, fear started banging at my back door.
When I examined my heart, I found doubt. I doubted the power of God in my life. Not His power, but in my life in this area. After all He has done . . . after all His confirmations, encouragement and help, I doubted. After all He has done in other areas of my life, which has been truly tremendous, I doubted. Memories of past failures crept into my life. Times where I started something but it never quite made it. Times where I was like a ship prepared to sail but never caught the wind. What if that happened again?
This morning during my quiet time I poured out my heart to God. I laid out my fear before Him and in the stillness and quietness, He spoke to me:
This is not your work it is mine. And I will complete it to the end. Your failures before weren’t failures but were what you needed to go through to come to me. You were always mine, but you didn’t know it. You needed to walk a path that unsatisfied you and left you empty to prompt you to seek me. Don’t fear. I’m with you. Forget the past, push forward with me knowing you don’t walk alone anymore. I’m with you until the end. Don’t give room to this fear. Fill that space with my promises; 2 Corinthians 9:8, Ezra 8:22, Psalm 46:1. Just be who you are and let me do the rest. I will work in and through your life according to my purposes. Walk by my still waters and green pastures and be at rest. You are in a different place now – in my kingdom. Life isn’t like it was before when you walked without me and without my power. Trust me. Walk with me. I will show you my power in this.
With His words filling my ears, I realized my fear wasn’t real. It came from a dead past. When emotions like this arise that aren’t based on truth, it is our enemy warring against us. Whether, it is an external enemy or an internal one, seeking God’s face and truth is the answer. Fear is a successful tactic to keep us from moving forward. Whatever God is calling you to – embrace it as His will that will be done. Fill the spaces of fear with His promises. Don’t let fear keep you from experiencing His power in your life because you listened and followed fear instead of Him.
May 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Thanks Rachel, this was a message that I needed to hear.
May 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm
I am so in glad sharing my heart it spoke to yours ; )
May 28, 2009 at 3:47 am
Good evening. What an incredible and complete rest we have in Jesus who has promised to be with us always. Romans 8:28 and I John 4:18 are so true.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
May 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm
It is a tremendous rest indeed that brings great freedom. Thanks for stopping by.
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May 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm
Isn’t it amazing how God comes to our rescue when we listen. I had battled with fear for years. I would like to totally think it is a dead thing in my life…but there is this flesh that likes to speak like it knows the truth. 🙂
But He is patiently teaching me not to believe everything it says.
One thing I KNOW….He is faithful!
He is faithful to complete that which He began in us….and He is working from the master plan.
I am so glad that you are able to see what God has been working out in your soul and spirit.
It is such an encouragement to see others walking the same path.
May 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm
Yes He is faithful – sometimes – often times it blows my mind how much so. Thanks for stopping by.
May 29, 2009 at 1:47 am
The biggest challenge I have had was to face my fears!! not always easy, but possible with the Lord on our side.
The enemy just loves to hold fear over our lives so we stay stuck!.
But greater is he who is in me, than he who is in the world !!!! Great post
May 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Yes Lorie . . . I think it has been my biggest challenge as well – that is why it is amazing to see it dissipating from my life. As I continue to draw closer to God a real trust develops and that trust replaces fear.
May 29, 2009 at 2:58 am
Rachel thank you for sharing yourself and how God showed Himself in Your heart. Trusting God will never leave us a failure. Blessings to you- wonderfully done as always. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with me today. Blessings
May 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Thanks Willnette for your encouragement.
May 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm
This post is sooooo good and encouraging! It reminds me of a promise that I’m constantly holding on to Joshua 1:9 I command you be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid are discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Love ya Pat
May 30, 2009 at 9:41 pm
Hi Pat . . . Joshua 1:9 is one of my favorite verses as well!