Are you ready to say “No” to the fear of criticism and “Yes” to God’s purpose on your life? It’s time to trust our God who holds all the resources and power needed for you to step out in faith and live out your God-given purpose for the sake of others and for Christ. I have learned to overcome my fear while writing because I know that I would be criticized for God’s sake. I am doing the works of the Lord.
I have come to realization that, “If God is for me, who can be against me”? (Romans 8:31). No matter what comes your way when you are trying to fulfill your God-given purpose, you stay in the race. Have the courage to stand against anything that comes your way. As we progress on our spiritual journeys, we discover that God has a life purpose for each one of us. We also come to know that this purpose is unique and extraordinary in scope. Often, we can’t begin to imagine how we can muster the courage to tackle a God-sized life purpose.
But the good news is that we don’t have to muster anything. Courage is a gift from God. To receive it, we only need to show up and rely on God’s complete faithfulness. The Gospel writer Matthew describes the step of taking courage as a directive from Jesus (see Matthew 14:27). That means Jesus commands us to be fearless. This is not to say that God can never use us to accomplish His purpose if we are afraid. And it doesn’t mean that if we take this step of courage all our fears will magically vanish. Taking courage is a determined act of our will that helps us release our fears and enables us to move forward.
Taking courage begins with understanding that the Lord God has called each of us by name and promises to be with us. The prophet Isaiah explains this concept best when he reminds us that we are precious and honored in God’s sight, that we are loved, and that our Heavenly Father will never leave us nor forsake us (see Isaiah 43:1-5). This encouragement gives me great comfort and peace of mind. Even when I feel afraid, I can persevere because God has promised to be with me.
Jesus vividly illustrated the same message to His disciples while He was with them on Earth. In the darkness of a stormy night, the disciples were in a boat that was being tossed about by violent waves. Jesus appeared to them on the water, and the already frightened disciples became terrified that He was a ghost. How did Jesus respond? He said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27). How comforting it is to know that Jesus is the one who encourages us as He did Peter that night. He will reach out His hand to catch us when we start to sink under the fearful pressures of life. He is the reason we can be fearless.
Overcome your fears by having faith in God!!!! Nobody can stop the plans that God has for you. Keep pressing forward in this lifetime and allow God to work in you, through, you and for you!! God Bless!
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