It is a little word with big connotations. A powerful emotion that can paralyze us, make us put up our fists or throw in the towel.
Sometimes, I picture the devil’s toolshed and I see his shovel of discouragement he uses to cover us with piles of, “You can’t do that”, his hammer of inferiority he uses to beat us down with, “Who do you think you are?”, and his swing blade of fear that cuts us down to our knees and leaves us shaking in our boots. We must stop letting him use these tools to mow us down and instead rise up and become the man or woman God has called us to be. How do we do that? We do it by fighting our flesh that tries to hold us back. It tells us to run the other direction. Instead, we must catch it by the shirttail and make it turn around and say, “Oh, no you don’t! You’ve got a job to do!”
You see God didn’t bring us through stuff just so we would set on the sidelines and not play in the game. We might get tackled or even hurt again out there, but we also might throw or catch a pass for God’s team. How will we know if we just stand there?
That really is what it is, you know. God’s team vs the devil’s team. You are either on one or the other. The devil will always have discouragement, inferiority and fear in his playbook, but God has a playbook too. It is called the Holy Bible filled with stories of players who overcame the enemy’s taunts, schemes and attacks. It shows us we can too!
I’ve let fear bench me too many times in life but that was because I thought I had to do it alone and didn’t realize that there were more for me than against me. Scripture tell us, “He that’s in me is greater than he that is in the world”. Do we believe that? Is our life showing that? There is a dark part of the world that God wants all of us to bring light to. It’s time to put on those combat boots and march out to do that. Remember our weapons are not carnal but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds and Jesus said we would overcome snakes and scorpions and all the power of the enemy.
I like what I heard T.D. Jakes say once, “Don’t let the devil put a question mark where God wants to put an exclamation point!” God has a toolshed full of tools He lets us use too. They were bought and paid for by His son! So, let’s overcome fear by opening the Door. Let’s read and apply His word to our circumstances today!
The truth will set you free. Free from fear or any of the devil’s tools he may have used to try and stop you.