Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Fear Of Failure
Let the weak say, I am strong.
Joel 3:10 (KJV)
The world is a scary place, and God's performers have an intimidating job. They enter a foreign land, go on auditions, stand out in a crowd, and face rejection daily. It's a lot easier to stay home and follow a familiar track.
But God's top performers are movers, shakers, and warriors. They are risk takers, dare devils, and faith walkers. All of them face fear. Imagine how Abraham felt leaving everything he knew--Joseph in the pit, David in the caves, Moses before Pharaoh, or Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
God understands our fears, and He tells us exactly what to do about them:
1. Speak positive words. 'Let the weak say I am strong.' You may not feel strong, but speak the words. They're powerful, and God will put the knockout punch behind your faith-filled affirmations.
2. Put on a brave face. 'Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong' (Isaiah 35:4). God doesn't say to feel it, but to say it. Put it on. Once done, 'Behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you' (Isaiah 35:4).
3. If you're afraid of moving forward, do it anyway. 'Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward' (Exodus 14:15). A prayerfully considered and confirmed calling from God means 'Go!' Great rewards follow godly risks.
Fear of failure is Satan's game. Don't play with him.
Instead, laugh at him, speak God's strength, set your face forward, and move ahead.