Confront Your Fears (2) - “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Ti 1:7 NKJV
A tourist was driving through the countryside when he saw an old farmer sitting in a rocking chair on his porch. Behind his farmhouse was seventy-five acres of land. The tourist asked, “Is that your land?” “Yep,” he replied. “Well, what are you doing with it? Thinking of growing cotton?” the tourist asked. “Nope, I’m afraid the boll weevils will get it,” said the farmer. “What about corn?” the tourist asked. “No, I’m afraid the locusts will eat it,” he replied. “Well,” the tourist asked, “What about raising cattle?” The farmer said, “I’m afraid the price of beef might go down.” “So, what are you going to do with all that prime farmland?” the tourist asked. “Nothing,” said the farmer. “I’m just going to play it safe.”
Is that how you feel? When you choose to play it safe in life, your potential for success is like that barren wasteland. As long as fear rules your life, you won’t step out in faith and fulfill your destiny. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (See Heb 11:6). Isn’t it better to risk failure and do what God wants, than risk displeasing Him? We’ve all experienced fear that makes us want to pull back. Only those who overcome it go far in life. “Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant” (Ps 35:27). Conquering the fear of failure begins with believing, “God wants me to succeed.” Undergirded by that truth you can not only defy your fears, but defeat them.
Published on Friday, September 16, 2011 @ 7:28 AM CDT