No Fear

No Fear. As a kid, I used to think that slogan was for people who liked to jump out of airplanes or liked to do crazy stunts! I’d see it on the back of a jeep and want to see the wild person who was driving. I thought it was meant for those people that didn’t care about life and were willing to die just to have fun. Boy was I wrong. 

As I live longer I realize how much I want to live by that slogan. I think how awesome it would be to take on that slogan daily. I realize that bumper sticker is about living, when I used to think it was about dying!
Looking back, fear has literally paralyzed me in so many ways. It stopped me from living amazing situations where God wanted me trust him. For example, I’ve been scared to leave a job I hate in fear of not being happy in the next one. I’d fear leaving a relationship that was so unhealthy just because I feared being alone. I feared giving my all in healthy relationships because I was scared once I let my walls down, the person could change. Fear has literally stopped me from growing, from being joyful, and from living. 
“Fear not” is said 103 times in the KJV of the bible. God has made it pretty clear that it’s something that he doesn’t want for us. He knows what it does to our bodies, minds and souls. It can make us literally sick. You might be thinking of all the reasons why you “deserve” to be fearful. Trust me, I have every right to be fearful. I still give that excuse to God. “I deserve to be fearful in my relationships. I was severely abused and cheated on.” Do you think he wants to hear that excuse when he’s trying to hand you a blessing that you won’t accept? He says “here is this amazing blessing my child” and you answer “I don’t want it because I’m not sure you are leading me in the right direction.” I’ve literally responded that way to God. Not speaking the words but I’ve done it in actions. How about you? 
I want to make that change today. I want to accept what God is giving me and live by the words “No Fear!” I’ve come to realize that the best way to fight fear is with the word of God. Once Satan gets in my head I start reciting what God said instead. These verses immediately change one fearful thought to a powerful one. 2 great examples: “Do not fear for I am with you. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Is. 41:10) And my favorite, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4) And then honestly sometimes I simply just say out loud “not today Satan!” and I go from being fearful to literally smiling. 

Let go of your fears. Don’t let them stop you from living the life God wants to give you! Fears are feelings and feelings aren’t  truth. The truth is God’s promises to you. “He knows the plans he has for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you. He has plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11) So next time you find yourself paralyzed, remember that bumper sticker, and be like the wild guys that jump out of planes. No Fear! 
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