Letting Go of Fear


Have you ever wondered what it is that keeps us from just letting go?  I mean from the time we are little, we cling to what we know and have comfort in.  Much like a child in it’s mother’s arms or a little blanky being drug around the floor, we cling to what we think keeps us safe.  Little do we know, those things hold no protection.  While yes, a mother can protect her child, feed and clothe it.  Provide for it changings, a warm embrace on a tough day, she can’t protect us forever.  And as far a the blanky goes, with all the slobber and other things we won’t mention, it can barely keep us warm.

So what is it?  Why are we so afraid of letting go?  Whether in life or love, we are scared little babies.  Imagine if you will, your first roller coaster ride.  You start by getting in the car.  Then the lap bar closes in on our lap.  Immediately, that is your new best friend.  Then you start to go up the hill…. klink, klink, klink.  With each klink, you are one step closer to your doom. Then woosh… down the hill you go, around the loops, up more hills… twisting and turning, up and down, all the while, holding on to that new best friend for dear life.  Then you slowly roll into the loading area, knees wobbling, body shaking, hands sweating, you exit. Sound familiar?  Does to me… sounds like most of my life.  Always scared, always wondering what other people might say or think.  Always trying to guess the outcome, rather that just living in that moment.  The moment that my Creator has me in for a specific reason.  The moment that could teach me, the moment that could draw me ever so close to my maker, or the moment that I finally break free from the chains that have held me captive my entire life.

Is this the way life is supposed to be?  Are we to live in fear as Christians?  What about non-Christians? How are we to live this life each and everyday as if were our last?  How do we make the best out of every single opportunity we are given?  And the hardest one… If you knew today was your last day on this earth, what would you do?  What would you do differently in your past?  While we are not to live in the past, we are supposed to learn from it.  For it is said, and it is very true, those who fail to learn from their mistakes, are destined to repeat it!  And oh how true that is!

So right now, I want you to stop reading for just a few minutes.  No matter how rushed you are or seem.  No matter what you have got to get to next in your crazy schedule.  Ask your self these questions… What is holding me back from letting go?  What is controlling you?  Who is controlling you?  What are you afraid of?

I hope you have been honest with yourself.  Truth is, all of us have something we are afraid of.  All of us are holding our little blankies down deep inside about something or someone.  We have all bought into the lie that holds us in bondage.  It is the lie of fear!  Did you know that “Fear not” is mentioned in the Bible 365 times.  Once for everyday of the year.  Think that is by accident?  I don’t!  I know a God that is so Big and So Powerful and Loves us so much, that over and over again in His Word, He tells us that He is our guide (for those who are willing to follow Him).  Over and over He tells us to fear not, I am with thee.  Even as Joshua took the reigns from Moses to lead the Isrealites, He told Joshua, Fear not, be of Strong Courage.

So how do we get to that point?  The point that we can completely trust in Him for our every need?  My first suggestion would be to ask God to help you stronger in your faith.  Ask Him to reveal the areas you are scared to death of in you own life.  Then give them to Him… lay them at His throne.  You see, as I said before, we are all scared to death about this Christian walk.  We are all scared to screw up, in fear of failing.  We are all scared of sinking if we get out of the boat like Peter did.  But do you know what the difference is between fear and courage?  Fear stops you in your tracks and prevents you from moving in any direction… much less forward.  While Courage, it is being afraid, but choosing to move toward that fear with Strength and Power.  Courage says, I might fail, I might go down, but if I do, I am going down swinging!  Courage says, I might be scared, but the One who called me for His purpose PROMISES He is always with me!  Courage tells me to FEAR NOT!

Moment of Truth

Are you going to continue to allow the enemy to deceive you and trick you into thinking God is powerless in your special situation.  God sees all, God knows all, God is all!  So do you believe that you situation will define you or will you define it?  Are you going to continue to go through your life afraid of what everybody else thinks,  is that really what matters?  God is looking for Warriors!  God is looking for everyday people just like you and I, to make a change and to be a light!  Will you accept His call no matter what it is?  Will you truly trust in His Plans for you?  Bottom line is this… Jesus has paid the price for us.  He has bought and paid for every sin, past, present and future.  He is our Strength and He is our Courage!  It is in Him and Him alone I find my refuge!  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!  We must believe and trust that He infact has paid for us and has conquered hell for us!  For if and when we truly believe that, will will find our strength in Him that no man, no army and no battle can take away from us.  We will be able to stand in the face of any enemy with boldness, love and courage.  We will be more than conquerors in this life but more importantly we will then finally be free of the fear that has kept us as a prisoner of war in our own bodies.  We will be free to go and do what He has created us to do!

What are you waiting for…. Break those chains today and LET GO!

Romans 8:18-39
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope21that# the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who# have been called according to his purpose.
29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
More Than Conquerors
31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”#37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,# neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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About Brad Clarke

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4 Responses to Letting Go of Fear

  1. mistycramer says:

    Great challenge! And one I really needed to hear today! Thanks!

  2. Pingback: Take Courage | This Day With God

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