FAITH & SPIRIT | Choose Faith Over Fear

May 31, 2014 | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Mary Taylor


At some point in our lives, we have all had moments where we were afraid. It may have been of the dark as a child, or entering a new plateau as we got older. Although fear is a natural human reaction, it is not undefeatable. Fear is all mental, and is generally produced from ones own perception of a particular outcome. Sometimes perception out weighs reality... Often times we create our own reality, which in turn produces fear.
      
I recall several days ago watching my niece have a complete melt down about what she perceived to be a spider on the floor near her potty chair. She ran around hysterical and threw a major fit, all to find out that when she got closer, it was only several strands of hair. Perception definitely out-weighed reality for her.
    
 I also recall several years ago standing on stage singing background while my twin sister stood flat footed declaring the gospel through song. With tears running down my face, I remember thinking: Why can’t I just allow myself to be used by God? Why can’t I be bold? Why can’t I accept the lead?... What’s holding me back? Why am I soooo afraid??
   
Later in life I realized that although that moment was the most significant, I had lived a life totally controlled by fear. I allowed it to dictate where I went, what I did, and how far I’d allow myself to soar. Ultimately, I realized that after years of professing to have strong faith, that what I really possessed was mountains of fear. I never took chances. I never stepped outside my comfort zone. I never fully trusted God. I had never allowed myself to experience the evidence of the things I’d hope for, for oh so long. I never really stepped out to see just what God would really do… All because I was too afraid.

But, this year something changed! Something clicked! It was like a light bulb went off.  I began to finally understand what faith truly is, and how powerful the return is on truly having it. I learned that faith has nothing to do with fear. In fact, it doesn’t even acknowledge fear. Faith means feeling afraid, but choosing courage. It means believing that everything will work out. It means activating the potential of unborn possibilities. This year I began to truly understand the scripture that I frequently repeated throughout my life. James 2:14 “Faith without works is dead.”

I began to realize that on the other side of fear is freedom. This year I have challenged myself  to be free, to dream more, to push myself outside to of my level of comfort, and simply TRUST. Trust that all things are working together for my good. Trust that God WILL NOT leave me hanging… That the one who has the whole world in his hands is still careful about me. That he will not let me fall. And no matter how afraid I am, he would not lead me to something that he would not also equip to accomplish! The same goes for you!

So I declare: No more fear!! I choose FAITH over fear!!

I challenge you to take the bull by the horns this year. Conquer whatever fear that you face. Don’t allow fear to control your life.

Ask yourself: What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Would you move to a new city?
Seek the career you've been desiring?
Write your first book?
Walk in your purpose?
Or simply just step out on faith and just believe God?
Really, how bad could it be if you stepped out on the water and walked into your dreams?

Remember: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Jack Canfield

Choose Faith,
Xoxo
Mary

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