Become Fearless (part 2)
In Part One, I gave you the basis for becoming fearless: You have God’s plans and dreams in your heart and the expansion of the kingdom waits for you. In this part, I’ll share the action steps you can follow to practically apply the word to your life.
Five Steps to Becoming Fearless:
Get connected. One of the biggest tactics of the enemy is to keep you disconnected from God, others, and your true self. When you are alone it is easy to pick you off. If you feel that the weight of the world is on your shoulders it gives more room for fear to move. Getting connected is a powerful action step. The benefits of proper connections can propel you into your destiny. It also brings you comfort and companionship. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
Get confirmation. You will never be the only one who sees the vision. God will confirm his word, his work, and his plan. Confirmation gives you the confidence to move ahead; even if you don’t know every single detail of the plan. One caveat here: the word of God is the highest authority and provides the surest confirmation in every situation. Be sure that you maintain respect for the word of God. Be cautious of confirmation that comes out of familiarity. God sent Gideon to the enemy’s camp to get confirmation seems ironic but it gives us an important point. Be sure what you accept as confirmation comes from a truly spiritual occurrence. Here’s the caveat: Sometimes those closest to you confirm things because they’re close, not because the Holy Spirit is leading. You must learn to tell the difference and obey God’s truth. Trust God to bring confirmation in ways that leave no doubt about His power and plan. “So then Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Get in action. God gives you power to move. Fear can be paralyzing. It can stop you in your tracks, but you must remember God has given you power to do something. Ask yourself this question, “What can I do in this situation?” Don’t allow the word, “nothing,” to be an acceptable response. You always have a choice. (You can choose to do things differently or you can choose not to respond. You can choose to change your attitude or perspective about a situation.) You always have a choice; making a choice is the execution of power. 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.
Trust in God’s love. God is love and we can trust His love for us. When fear presents itself it is often because we are afraid of being unloved, disliked, or misunderstood. These thoughts will keep you stuck. In the face of fear, remember that God loves you. His love for you is so fierce that He gave his only begotten Son that you would have a right to a relationship with Him and become a powerful reflection of Him on earth. What matters most is that God is pleased with you. Remember, when a man’s ways please the Lord, he will cause his enemies to be a peace with him. You must move out trusting in the love of God. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Exercise Self Discipline. Although 2 Timothy 1:7 uses the word “sound mind,” self-discipline is perhaps a better word choice. God has given you self-discipline: the ability to train and control yourself (more specifically your mind). When fear attacks your mind and you hear, “You can’t,” you must rely on self-discipline to speak God truth. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” When fear says, “You are not good enough,” or “You don’t have enough,” you must remind yourself—“Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” Whatever emotions or anxious actions develop from the presence of fear can be destroyed by the exercise of self-discipline. Someone once said, “FEAR is false evidence appearing real.” Self-discipline gives you the ability to assault the false, replace it with God’s truth, and stand. God has given you the power to prevail. You must exercise self discipline when fear arises. 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.
Your Spiritual Development Plan
What goals has the Lord placed in your heart to achieve? Is there a radical idea or action that you’ve brushed off as unbelievable or impossible? Maybe you are simply delaying what needs to be done. Today, determine to follow the action plan above to achieve your goals.
Remember that ultimately, they are God’s goals for you. They have Kingdom importance. You can accomplish all He ordained for you, just become fearless!
“And it came to pass the same night that the Lord said unto him, Arise get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:” Judges 7:9-10