Be not afraid
These are often God’s words to folks when He is about to do something great as recorded in His Word. Honestly. He knows oh so well.
Be Not Afraid.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Today, I want to encourage you to keep going in your journey of greater freedom in Him. Nevertheless, fear is often the one thing, that genuinely holds us back.
I have too much stuff to unpack (i.e. memories with emotions)
I don’t want to go there (hurting places)
What’s the point, I am no one special, it’s not like God has called me into any type of ministry (oh, so wrong).
We must remember that fear is the enemy’s tool. Sure, our flesh gets nervous, anxious, and yes downright afraid, but first and foremost the devil uses fear to keep us locked up. Locked up from joy, peace, and Holy Spirit power. So today I encourage you to keep going, keep seeking Jesus for what He wants to unlock you from next.
If you feel like you have fallen back into old lies, patterns, and behaviors that you broke free from previously at a Steps to Breakthrough event – or anywhere with Jesus – remember all is not lost. My go-to verses when I stumbled into old patterns while on my freedom journey from fantasy thoughts (one of my stongholds based on the lie that I wasn’t good enough), are Psalm 37:23-24
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
You may have slipped, but you haven’t fallen all the way back into being ensnared by a lie. Your temptation to stumble back into old belief patterns is coming from outside of your soul, not within it where the lie was broken in Jesus’ Name. If you are uncertain of this, break the agreement with the lie immediately and get back on the “horse” of truth Jesus has spoken to your heart about this matter. Got it?
Now, back to NOT being afraid to pursue greater healing in Christ. Name the first three major soul issues you still deal with that come to your mind:
Prayerfully ask the Lord which behavior HE wants to go after.
Now, go after the lie that you believe is at the root of this issue.
Ask for the Spirit’s help to remember your youth and when you may have felt this way before Ps. 139:23-24.
Recall what we did during Steps to Breakthrough, recognizing what your emotions/reactions where at the time of the incident to reveal the lie you believe about yourself 1 Cor. 1:11-12.
Break your agreement with this lie, in Jesus’ Name Luke 10:17-20.
Finally, asking Jesus to speak His truth to you in its place John 8:31-32.
It may take days or months to continue to walk in your new-found freedom, but y’all know what to do:
The power of His Word Meeting Him in the Secret Place
Asking for the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing
Honestly, that is about as easy as it gets. And, yes, I know it sometimes doesn’t seem that easy, but trust me, it gets easier as you go, and fear bows under the feet of Jesus in your life.
If you need help, feel free to respond back to me, or better yet, reach out to your pastor/pastor’s wife/women’s ministry leader/lay counselor, or I can help you find professional or pastoral help.
Book Recommendation: For a great summer read that will make you laugh out loud, challenge, and bless you, try Love Does by Bob Goff!
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Love to all!