The producer of a national radio station contacted me recently to ask if I could come on her show to speak about freedom from fear. “Wow” I thought, “God has provided me with an opportunity to speak His truth to thousands of people”. Almost immediately fear began to speak (rather ironically you may be thinking!). “Who do you think you are?” it said. “Why do you think you have anything to say that will help other people in the area of fear?” And finally, “There are people much more qualified than you who could do this. Go and ask somebody else to do it”.
Sound familiar? We all know that fear speaks. In my experience the voice of fear usually comes straight after the voice of God. It usually comes as a direct attack on you taking the next step to fulfil your personal calling. You see, I’ve never been afraid to go out to a restaurant with my wife or to take my family to the zoo - it seems that the enemy knows when his work is being threatened and when it is, he uses fear to try to stop us.
In order to walk in victory over fear on a daily basis, we need to understand how it operates. Perhaps the biggest key in this area is recognising that behind almost every fear is a lie. The lie that Satan tried to have me believe in this instance was “You don’t have anything to say about fear that will help anybody”. The effect of this lie was that my confidence was shaken and I began to doubt not only the gift God has placed on my life, but more importantly, God’s ability to empower me for this task. Nothing is impossible for God so we know it was an absolute lie, but it felt very true in the moment.
When you are afraid, first ask God to expose the lie that you are believing. Since God’s Word is the truth, the next step is to ask God to give you a scripture that says the opposite to the lie. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit and so when you know what the truth is, you can take hold of it in the Spirit like a sword. You can then declare it over yourself and the situation you are in, cutting the enemy’s lie to pieces with the sharp blade of truth. It may take perseverance but when the lie has been defeated (i.e. you no longer believe it!) the fear will disappear. Quite literally, the truth will set you free.
I overcame the fear and I did speak on national radio. God gave me the words to say and many lives were impacted for His kingdom and His glory. The scripture He gave me was Joshua 1:5. My prayer is that today, you too will defeat fear and walk confidently in the gift and call God has placed on your life.
Prayer: Father, I thank You that Your Word is a powerful sword and that it is mighty for the pulling down of strongholds. I pray that You would expose the lies of enemy that I have been believing and that You would enable me to walk in complete freedom from fear as I stand on the truth of Your Word. Help me to trust in You so that, like king David, I will be able to win tremendous battles that are far beyond my natural ability. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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