Never Let Fear Decide Your Future
I stayed home today to work from the office and knock out some details. After finishing with the majority of those, I sat back to ponder a few things I’ve faced lately. And God has taught me something really, very important. We must never let fear define or decide our future. There is a reason God commands his follows not to be afraid over and over. Here are a few of those reasons.
First, when you are dominated by fear, you will procrastinate.
In Hebrews 3:15, the writer urges his readers not to procrastinate in areas of faith.
15As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
He goes on to say that this type of unwise pause is equal to unbelief.
Now, procrastination may not have eternal implications in many other areas of life. But it does have very negative implications. The emotional walls we build in our minds that keep us from moving forward with wise decisions and required actions are filled with fear. We end up wasting extreme amounts of time filled with wait and worry when the action of moving forward rarely requires nearly that much time or effort. It is simply inefficient and can block us from great accomplishment.
Don’t let fear dominate your forward movement through procrastination.
Second, when your mind is battling fear, your attention to the actual decisions and actions at hand will be diminished.
We only have so much brain power, so much time, so much effort in us. And the more of it that you give to fear, the less of it you have to give to the things that scare you. In this way, fear is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy in our lives. When we let fear overtake our mind, we often end up being defeated by the things that had us afraid. But if we had faced them without the fear itself, we would have had a much better chance of accomplishing the difficult task and moving forward.
Dont let fear have the best parts of your mind and effort.
Third, stifling fear indicates that your trust level for God is too low. And it almost guarantees that you are putting too much pressure eon yourself. We are stifled by fear when we measure what we are facing by what keeps us going. If we are driven by our own strength and wisdom, it is easy to be overwhelmed when we face something huge. But if we are driven and empowered by the eternal strength and wisdom of God, obstacles always look small.
Fourth, being silenced or suffocated by fear unveils lies that we may believe.
Satan is a liar. And his only real weapon in your life is to convince you that true things are false and false things are true. It is so easy to fall prey to these lies. Ask yourself why you are afraid today. Seek out the lie and look to the scriptures for the truth that can and will set you free.
Let me know other reasons you believe God tells us not to be afraid.