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The devil has been lying to me. He is telling me that what I have to say is wrong, or not written well enough or not worth sharing. I have so many posts started or mostly ready to publish but these little lies have been holding me back. Sure, there are some very real, tangible obstacles to writing and researching while I have other responsibilities but it really comes down to believing the lies. I could make the time and deal with the slow computer if I wasn’t crippled by the lies. Knowing what you are called to do is hard. I always second guess it and I always thought that was the hard part. You know what? Even when you know something that you are called to do, actually doing it, especially when it is out of your your comfort zone, is also hard.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1
So, I have to ask myself? Am I living my life worthy of my calling? Am I rebelling against what He has called me to do at this point in my life?
We often talk, in Christian circles, about the attributes and characteristics of God. The things that are from and of Him. Sometimes, we talk about the things that are from Satan. Fear, especially of doing God’s will, is not from Him. It is from the devil and, like the Zach Williams song says, “Fear is a liar.”
I had been thinking yesterday about my fear of making progress on my blog, my fear of what people might think, my fear of failure. I am fearful because I don’t want to be hated and I don’t want to let God down. Logically, I know that He will equip me to do what he has called me to do and that I am already letting Him down by not following His will for my life. Anyway, as I’m thinking about all of this a few days ago, that Zach Williams song came on Amazon music and it finally hit me, after listening to it many times before, that fear is not from God and that Satan, who instills fear, is, in fact, a liar.
Now that I have acknowledged that, what am I going to do?
- Spend more time reading my Bible
- Spend more time in prayer
- Spend more time getting out of my comfort zone and writing
- Spend more time researching things that matter
- Spend some time learning about what is from God
- Be confident when doing what I know is right
- Do it scared! – Somewhere along the way, I heard a blogger say this but I can’t remember who.
So, the devil is a liar and I’m working on not believing the lies. Learning more about who God is and who he isn’t is helping me to know what is Truth.
What do you do to get past your fears, fears that are not from God? Comment below so we can learn from each other!