Let’s face it, fear is real and it exists in everyone of our lives. The difference is, some cave into its threats and others use it to motivate them to get to the next place in their lives. I used to be that person that would cave into it and allow it to paralyze me and it caused my life to stand still. Being in ministry and having Pastors that pull on the gifts in me has taught me to push past the feeling of standing there with my knees knocking and not moving. I have come to understand that fear is a liar. It paints this ugly picture that your life will fall apart if you do what is required of you. The times that I have pushed past its taunts and torments, I realized that the whole situation was not as bad as it looked. When I created this blog I was honestly scared out of my mind. God had been ministering to me for months and I was loving every bit of it, but when he told me that it was time to share it, that’s when the voices came. This same message that blessed me so much became something that I felt no one would even pay attention to. I was afraid of it not having enough impact on those that read it.
I used to read the story of the Israelite’s while they were in the desert on their way to the promised land. I read their complaints and their “woe is me’s” while on their journey and I used to think how crazy they were. They were so close to their destination, but they traveled around the same mountain for FORTY YEARS!!! That sounds crazy right? Well does it still sound crazy if I tell you that they walked around that mountain because they were filled with fear? Yes, those people were fearful because they were traveling down an unknown path that they could not figure out. They didn’t trust what God had promised them and they were not grateful for the things He had already shown them on their journey…sound familiar?
In Exodus 23, God told them that He put an angel in place to lead them along the way to get them to the place that He prepared for them. The only thing they needed to do was obey. Today, right now in our lives, Jesus is our Shepherd…He’s the one leading us on the path of righteousness for HIS NAME sake (Psalm 23). Yet still we find ourselves holding on to whatever we can find on the side of the road so we don’t have to face the unknown. I will say to you the same thing that God said to me, “Jesus already walked out the path that I have created for you. It’s already done so FEAR NOT”.
How do you live a Beautiful L.Y.F.E.? You have to be willing to trust Jesus and lean on Him. He’s been down YOUR road already so He already knows what is ahead…even when you don’t. Psalm 23 says “Even though I walk through the valley and the SHADOW of death, I will fear no evil because You are with me”. Fear puts the emphasis on the shadows in our lives. It magnifies and makes it look like it will overtake us, but shadows are not real. The true emphasis needs to be on Jesus because it is the path that HE created for HIS NAME SAKE. He wants to get the glory so He won’t lead you wrong.
Living a life where your future can be extraordinary calls for a stand and a walk of faith. Let us all stop allowing the devil to be glorified in our lives by letting him keep us on the side of the road. Our lives are supposed to be brighter than any one in this world. Our lives are supposed to make God more famous than He is to this world. Today make a decision to walk past the taunts of fear and lets live the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. that God created for us.
Until Next Time…