Fear is often disguised and justified under the guise of “playing it safe”. But the truth is you can’t live in a plastic bubble and experience any greatness. Playing it safe is frequently about shrinking back and living small hoping to just blend in and go unnoticed. Let me assure you that this is not the abundant, full and free life that God has designed you to live.
“The worship of safety emasculates greatness.” – Max Lucado
Life involves taking some risks, and God is the only safety net you can rely on. Here are some of the reasons fear gets a grip on your life.
Fear usually indicates an area where you don’t fully trust God. When you really examine the root of your fear, and compare it to the power, wisdom and love of God it becomes clear that there is an issue of lack of trust. Even when there is uncertainty about how things might turn out, you can be assured that God is growing your character and perfecting His plan and purpose through every life circumstance you face.
Fear sometimes indicates where there is an idol. An idol is anything that has taken the place of God somewhere in your life. The lie is that you “need” these things, which have become idols because there is a false sense of identity, security or safety found in them and your life wouldn’t be the same without them. However, the truth is that they are very unstable and actually hold you back from reaching your full potential, and ultimately sidestepping your purpose as they keep you thinking small and living small.
Fear often indicates where your greatest potential lies. Your greatest potential and deepest desires are often where you encounter the most fear and resistance. You cannot let fear of failure keep you from moving forward. When you crave comfort, you’ll listen to fear rather than trust God. This is where you need to be willing to take a risk and trust Him to guide you in order to live free and pursue your dreams.
Spiritual Perspective: Fear reveals an area where God’s love is not ruling in your life leaving you weak and vulnerable. 1 John 4:18* speaks to this issue: ”No fear exists where His love is. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, the person who lives in fear is one not yet fully formed in love.” The end result of God’s love is peace and confidence. Anything done with the motive of loving God and honoring others is freeing and abundant. So invite God into those areas of fear and get to the root of them instead of avoiding, denying or blaming yourself and others. Once you do, you’ll be able to move forward with peace and truth guiding your heart.
As a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Christian Life Coach, I am committed to helping you get on the path to an abundant life. I value the opportunity to partner with you so you can break free from the lies and fear that have held you back. You can experience fullness of life and start pursuing your dreams by clicking here now!
Renew, Refresh and Refocus: In what ways has fear kept you from stepping out and taking action on your dreams? What thing(s) might be giving you a false sense of identity, security or safety, but are actually holding you back? What areas of your life do you need of invite God’s love so you can reach your full potential?
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