"For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7
I was reading the Daily Guidepost devotional the other morning and came across a great blessing Pastor David Kidd has used for years in his congregation in North Carolina. At the end of the service he would say, "Go out into the world, and fear nothing." His wife Pam said the church even had bumper stickers made with this blessing. It became the church motto.
"Go out into the world, and fear nothing."
This is what God asks of us, His followers. We are to have the courage to go out into the world, sharing the Gospel with others. We are to love and forgive others. We are to be obedient to what God has called us to do~ His purpose for our lives. And we are to fear nothing. Imagine being in that place. Oh, what we could accomplish if we feared nothing!
God has so many plans for our lives, and I confess their are times I let fear get in the way of doing what he asks. I don't like being out of my comfort zone. What if he asks us to change our plans and replace them with His? What if doing what God asks means surrendering our will for His will only? What if being obedient means going out into the world and fearing nothing?
"Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it"
~~~~~~~~~~Recently I felt God leading me to speak out about a childhood trauma I experienced, Voicing A Difficult Truth. At first I felt anxious, but as time went by I realized God had my best interests at heart. And not only mine, but those who would read my story. God's way and timing are always perfect, just like His love for us, and I eventually came to a place of peace, stepping out of the boat, and going "out into the world and fearing nothing." (Mostly, anyway!)
The most amazing thing about being obedient to God is that it unlocks His power within us! It fills us to overflowing and reaches into our hidden places filling them with light. It empowers us to be who God calls us to be. I only pray I remember that the next time I find myself hiding from the world, the next time I hesitate when God says,
"Go out into the world, and fear nothing!
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