So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
Today I want to share the inspiration behind my song “I Will Not Fear.” Fear is something that I really try to focus on in my ministry. I hate fear! Because fear keeps us from doing what God wants us to do and being all He has called us to be.
The kind of fear I’m talking about is the kind of fear that tells you, “you can’t do that, you are going to fail so don’t even try,” or, “you can’t do that, people will make fun of you,” or, “you can’t do that, you’re not qualified.”
Fear likes to lock us up in our comfort zone. Its warm and cozy and safe, there’s not much risk in the comfort zone, but there’s not much fulfillment either. Its easy to get stuck there and that’s exactly want fear wants to do. It’s okay to hang out in your comfort zone for a little while, but if you stay there too long the voice of fear grows louder and louder until eventually it becomes all that you will listen to. That’s when we start throwing the “I can’t” word around.
Growth happens outside the comfort zone
True growth happens outside of our comfort zone. When you do something you’ve always been passionate about, something you’ve felt God calling you towards for a long time but fear told you you could never do it. Fear is a coward and a bully. And I’ve noticed that once you stand up to him, he leaves. That’s when growth happens; growth in your character, your faith, your courage, your ministry, your work ethic, your knowledge, wisdom and a number of other things.
“Fear is the only thing that gets smaller, the more you run toward it.”
I love this quote by singer/songwriter and entrepreneur, Tiamo de Vettori. The only way to overcome fear is by taking action. Sure you can pray about it too, but the bible says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)
Its a beautiful thing when people step out of their comfort zones and into the more abundant life that God called them to. It opens up a whole new world. It brings fulfillment and a sense of purpose to the one who is taking action, and it is a blessing to those who benefit from that person’s actions, whether it be a ministry, a business, etc.
Imagine what the world would be like if nobody stood up to fear and followed their callings. What if Billy Graham would have just sat in his pew and never started preaching because public speaking is scary? What if Steve Jobs would have kept his vision for Apple to himself because he was afraid of what other people would think? What if Michael Jackson would have stayed home and never sang because of fear people would make fun of him? What a sad world that would be!
Don’t be like that. Don’t let fear be your master. There’s more in you than you realize. Yes, you will have to leave your comfort zone, but its worth it. And remember that through it all God is with you. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Thank you for reading, I hope this has been an encouragement to you. If it was please leave a comment and share with someone else who may benefit from it. Have a blessed day!