Friday, June 17, 2011

Is Fear Holding You Back?...........

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Isaiah 41:13  "For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."

I was speaking with a friend on yesterday about a recent death of her relative. She stated how her family traveled from Texas and how the drive time was about 18 hours, which prompted the conversation about flying versus driving.  She stated that flying was a fear that she would never overcome and if she would someday decide to fly, she would have to be heavily intoxicated or in a comatose state. a four letter word that affect us in many ways...It is mentioned in the bible about 366 times, therefore God knew that fear would be an issue we would have to address. Fear is often associated with stepping into the unknown or doing something completely out of our comfort zone. It has a driving force that affects many of our life decisions. It is no secret we fear many things in life---fear of failure, fear of flying, fear of speaking in public, fear of rejection, fear of heights, fear of death, fear of stepping into the unknown and the list goes on. Fear is a natural emotion that we have as human beings, however we should not allow fear to consume our lives. We should not allow it to hinder us from enjoying life to the fullest. 
I was reading an article about the Five (5) Natural Emotions-Fear and it implied that babies enter this world with only two fears: fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Any additional fears are inherited responses from their environment or taught by parents.  When I was growing up, many of my family members (the majority if not all) had a fear of flying. A fear that the airplane would crash and send them into brutal death, or the fear of traveling to certain geographical locations.  If I had allowed these fears into my being, I would be limited to do and go certain places.

Today's Food for the Soul: We as believers in Christ should know that God is with us, whether we are flying on an airplane or starting a business for the first time. What is your fear? Is fear holding you back from achieving your dream? You have two options, either you allow those fears to form boundaries around you, which would hinder you from moving or growing or you can face them head on and allow them to be opportunities to take you to new places. I encourage you to ask God to help you face whatever fears you may have so that you can move on to a more fulfilling and abundant life.

Peace and Blessings,

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