Society, family, media, social networking sites and friends bombard us with stories of crime, punishment and danger, often amplifying the voice in our heads that tells us that ‘we will never make it’ or that something is ‘impossible’. I know I can’t make it on my own and increasingly, I ask God to pour out His love and transform the situation. I give thanks and praise to God even when I am hurting and have started to experience a greater level of breakthrough. There are still times when I can’t see a way through and join with Plumb and cry out “God, I need you now!”
Plumb sings beauthifully,
Though I walk through the shadows
And I, I am so afraid
Please stay, please stay right beside me
With every single step I take
How many times have you heard me cry out?
And how many times have you given me strength?
How many times have you heard me cry out
“God please take this”?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh I need you
God, I need you now.
We talk so easily about ‘old, familiar fears’ tugging at us – it’s time to give them the boot! Asking God to pour in His love can only help in our efforts to dethrone fear. Surrendering my need to know, to understand, to be in control – to God – has led to breakthrough in areas of my life that have been stagnant for years. My career and my health have all improved as I named and faced my fears one by one.
“Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” 1 John 4:18
I take courage from Romans 8:38-39,
“Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Confidence in the love of God and His goodness, mean that I can face fear and press on regardless. Naming my fears, exposing them to the light and taking small daily steps to deal with them, on my own (with God) or with others, have all been critical to overcoming them. Decide today to partner with God’s love and shake off the clinging tentacles of fear and start living your dream life.
- Kris Vallotton in “Spirit Wars”, suggests praying that God would pour in ever increasing doses of His love
- Psalm 23 When I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, there you comfort me
- Daily Post’s writing challenge, “Witness Protection When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?”