Do you remember the show Fear Factor? It was a game show that would put people in places or have them doing things just to test their determination to face their fears. This show was gross and it would have people doing all kinds of things. And if the person competing, failed or refused to face the fear they were eliminated. I was thinking of this as I started to write my devotional because how many times have we been eliminated from stuff that’s ours because of fear. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is because somebody, somewhere, woke up facing fear yet again. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve tried, you just can’t seem to get him (fear) to leave you alone. You’ve even prayed, a lot, and he still has the audacity to be waiting for you to roll over in the morning. You’ve tried the drugs, pills and alcohol and even they can’t silence his voice in your head. You’ve taken the PM medicine and even it didn’t stop him from waking you out your sleep. And now, you’re sitting on the edge of give up because he’s said you can’t do it. You’re standing on the outside of the celebration because he said nobody wanted you there. You want to tell somebody but then he said they wouldn’t care. Leaving you depressed, emotional and on the verge of breaking down. Well beloved, I stopped by to tell you that fear only has the power YOU give it. How do I know? Baby, the bible tells me in 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” This is why you have to get like David when he said in Psalm 56:3-4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise– in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
See, fear is doing his job, he’s stopping you from doing yours. Yep! Fear has a job and that’s to get you eliminated from this game of life. And for a lot of us, it’s working. You won’t get married again because you’re fearful it might not work. You won’t go for that promotion because you’re afraid you may get turned down. You won’t step out on faith because you’re afraid it might not work. For some of us, we’re afraid because it just may work in our favor and that scares the hell out of us. I mean, who would have thought YOU could do it? Who would have thought you could build a house. Who would have thought YOU could run a company. Who would have thought you could pastor a church? Fear! It has a tight grip on a lot of us and it’s spoiling the plans God has for your life. You’ve got to over it and that happens by – 1. Knowing what you’re fearful of. 2. Thinking of what this particular fear can do to you. 3. And gradually exposing yourself to the fear. If you don’t know what you’re fearful of, how can you get over it? And you can’t get over it if you don’t face it. So, I have to ask, what are you fearful of that is hindering the greatness within you? And why has it held you hostage this long?