A weapon that is constantly used against us is a spirit of FEAR. We fear for the future, we fear for our goals and dreams, we fear for our plans, we fear for the unknown; all these fears begin to build up anxiety in us that paralyze us from making any move forward and eventually leads us to self fulfill those fears by creating self-destructive habits.
One of those self-destructive habits is procrastinating. Procrastinating can occur when we have a deeply rooted fear of failure and the fear of facing the consequences of those failures. As well as, a deeply rooted fear of success and the fear of the responsibilities that will come with that success.
When we procrastinate we self talk ourselves to put a task or goal aside because we fear we aren’t prepared yet to execute our goal to the best of our ability, a perfectionist mentality, and we don’t want to fail so if we give ourselves more time, perhaps we’ll be able to do a better job tomorrow, a lie we continue to tell ourselves to the point where we end up doing absolutely nothing. Most times setting up unrealistic goals for oneself which we end up failing at and it becomes a routine cycle of setting up these expectations, that eventually just leads to procrastination, for we know inside we can’t execute something we unrealistically expect of ourselves. Also, we self talk ourselves saying we can execute this task to the best of our ability, but at this time we simply just don’t want to, which plays into both fears of failure and fears of success, fear that we may be lying to ourselves and we can’t really execute the task, and or that we are able to but if we do we’ll have to take up more responsibilities than the one at hand and we just simply don’t want to have more responsibilities because we fear we’ll fail at those too.
FEAR, it is all a cycle that leads back to what we can and can’t do, what we believe about ourselves, especially the lies, but as a Believer in Christ Jesus, we are not told to live life according to our strength, our power, our abilities, our talents, our resources, but we are pointed to Christ Jesus, Christ’s strength, to Christ’s power, to Christ’s abilities, to Christ’s talents, to Christ’s resources; and in all of them to rest in peace and assurance that by His Holy Spirit, He works all things in us for His purpose, by Him and for Him.
Philippians 2:13 AMP “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”
If we sincerely and truly believe that God is who works in us to will and to work; the fear of the lack of our abilities, the fear of failure and the fear of success all fall away and its walls fall to the ground; for it is all of the Lord’s work in us, and it is all for His good pleasure, His good purpose, not us, and He will keep us, whether we fall or remain standing, He is our All.
1 Corinthians 12:6 AMP And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them].
God has called us to know Him that we may trust Him and obey Him, for His ways aren’t like our ways and the ways of the world; and for us to trust and obey Him we must first know Him as who He truly is, that in doing so, we know that He loves us and has our best interests in mind, that in all things together He works them out for our good, for those who love Him and are called to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 AMP “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
I have many times fallen into the deception of fear, the fear of failure and fear of success as if it is my strength in the flesh that works out the things God has called me to in the Spirit. Many times before I could take a step forward or a leap forward in faith I’ve wanted God to lay out the whole blueprint to what it is we are going to be building, or better yet, truthfully, what it is He will be building through us, in trusting Him and obeying His leading and commands, or even the whole map of where it is He is planning to take me, and as a stubborn child without showing me where it is we are going, remaining stiff without making a move, till it is revealed.
Romans 12:3 AMP “For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].”
Till the day when the Lord gave me the conclusion He doesn’t work that way, and if I wanted to act like a child and remain where I was, filled with fears and anxiety and so much stress, I could simply remain but I was not going to see what it was God was planning to build and go to where it was He was planning to take me. The way to get rid of all those fears, all the anxiety and stress was to put my entire trust in God, alone, by the grace that He gives me through the faith that is as well a gift from Him.
Usually, a leap into the unknown doesn’t seem quite wise in our minds and the ways of the world, you usually try to take the path with as little risk as possible. BUT with God you take the path that looks like the most risk and where there might not even be a pathway at all, God just simply seems to create one out of nothing, why? Cause He’s God.
Hebrews 13:21 AMP “equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen”
I personally in my own life feel God has shown me the destination of where it is He’s taking me and what it is He is building but not necessarily the way there or the blueprint of how to build it and possibly because the way there isn’t a blueprint or a map, it’s Himself. For example, when Peter got out of the boat to walk towards Jesus on the water, it wasn’t a guide on how to walk on water, it was Peter putting his trust in Jesus and looking to Jesus to do it, to keep him on the water and walking towards Him, rather than Peter doing it himself. Another example, Abraham leaving his home to go to the promised land, God didn’t give him a map to where the promise land was and sent Abraham on his way. Abraham had to die to himself daily and put his trust on God alone for He is the way to the Promised Land, He is the map, the path, the way, and the destination.
To get to where God is calling us, we need to trust Him placing one foot in front of the other by faith in the future grace that He is doing this work in us and will fulfill it to His glory.
1 Corinthians 15:10 AMP “But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me.”
Following God is all about trust because we can not see where we are going to step next, He is guiding us and we have to trust that where we step next He is watching over us, it is for our good and won’t lead us to step in the wrong path. Trust that He is good, that He is faithful, that He loves us, that He is Holy and righteous. We have to trust Him, step by step because usually where God leads us to the flesh or the world, it would look like a total dead end. For example, look at Moses, God couldn’t have given Moses a map on how to escape the Egyptian army and sent Moses on his way because what would have Moses done when he arrived at the Red Sea and saw the ultimate dead end that God had to lead him to, he would have died. All the Israelites would have died if this was God’s method of leading them to their freedom and destination. But God didn’t just give them a map, no, He gave them Himself and said I will go with you and because I go with you I will part the sea because this sea obeys my voice and I Am with you.
God doesn’t tell us to do this and do that and I’ll see you at the other end, btw good luck. No, God says I will do this through you and I will take you there and I will teach you to trust me and have mountain moving faith, all this time I will be with you, doing and leading, you just be obedient and follow me.
The blueprint to what you are trying to build or the map to where you are trying to go is nowhere to be found because Jesus is the blueprint and the map Himself. To whom we need to look towards to is Jesus alone. No one can glorify Jesus more than He can glorify Himself through us and glorify the Father. By faith, we give it over to Him our desires, our dreams, our goals, our plans and remain in faith by grace, watchful with our eyes on Jesus the things He is working and fulfilling in us and through us for the glory of His name and the glory of the Father in Heaven.
WHAT MAY SEEM LIKE A DEAD END, AND IN ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCE IS A DEAD END, TO GOD, HE TURNS THEM INTO PATHWAYS THAT LEAD STRAIGHT TOWARDS WHERE HE IS TAKING US. SO, DON’T WAIT FOR THE WHOLE BLUEPRINT, OR MAP TO ARRIVE BEFORE YOU TAKE A STEP FORWARD IN FAITH, AND GOD WILL PART MANY SEAS BEFORE YOU AND HIS NAME WILL BE GLORIFIED THROUGH YOUR LIFE IF YOU JUST TRUST HIM, BELIEVE HE IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS AND WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO, AND OBEY HIM IN FAITH BY GRACE, MUCH GOOD FRUIT WILL BE BEARED FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN YOU.
Friends, I pray this be of great encouragement to you for whatever it is that God has been calling you to through the Spiritual gifts He has gifted you and talents for His glory, He will lead the way, you just simply follow Him in obedience for He can be trusted, for He loves you more than anyone could possibly love you, giving His life for you, you give your life to Him in obedience and trust because you love Him who loved you first.
Take Courage in these Scriptures:
2 Timothy 1:7 AMPC KJV “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and (KJV of a sound mind) [of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self control].”
Joshua 1:9 AMP “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 43:1 AMP “But now, this is what the Lord, your Creator says, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity]; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
Psalm 34:4 AMP “I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 27:1 AMP “The Lord is my light and my salvation— Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread?”
Deuteronomy 31:6 AMP “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
1 Chronicles 28:20 AMP “Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and take action; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor [a]abandon you [but will guide you in the construction] until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.”
Psalm 56:3-4 AMP “When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You. In God, whose word I praise; In God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me?”
John 14:27 AMP “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]”