Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church said “The dogs of doom stand at the doors of your destiny. When you hear them barking you know you are near your promise land. Most people retreat in fear instead of crossing over and capturing their land. Fear is often disguised as wisdom or stewardship but it is a Trojan Horse sent in to steal your destiny. Fear is not your friend!!!!” Can you relate to what he is saying? How many of us have retreated too soon too many times in our lives instead of pressing into what God has for us and promised us?
We can all say with a rational voice that fear is not our friend. I am sure many of us agree whole-heartedly in what Kris said above about fear; but when our “emotional rubber meets the tumultuous road” whose voice wins out – the voice of fear or the voice of God? It is in that moment that the truth is accurately made known to us what voice we most certainly listen to. Learning to confront fear and overcome it definitely takes a strong cheering section and also a mustard seed of faith mixed with courage.
Courage is not being deterred by danger or pain. It is believing and having faith in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” and in 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” The Bible promises you a strong cheering section – the Lord! So I ask again, what is to fear? Why do we not believe he is going before us and with us as we go with courage? Courage is consistently on the other side of fear.
Sometimes you have to let go of something in order to grab a hold of something else. In this case it’s fear, especially the fear of man. Bill Johnson of Bethel church says, “If you don’t live by the praises of men then you won’t die by their criticisms.” If you do, then you must take a strong look at the fear of man in your life. We can all have varying degrees of the fear of man in our life but you should always strive to have none. Because fear’s goal is to deter you from God’s best for you by creating enough danger and pain that you buy the lie to stay right where you are. Fear will hold back the breakthrough we have been believing for. But if we hold true to the fear of God, living by the praises and encouragement of God then living a courageously destiny filled life is a sure bet. By no means am I saying your life will always be easy but absolutely more fulfilling.
Remember your destiny is the other side of whatever is resisting you. Press in and engage with vulnerability. Vulnerability is not knowing the victory over defeat but its understanding the necessity of both. It’s engaging and being all in. It’s being ok with making mistakes so you can grow and learn. There is so much to learn from being victorious (joy, self esteem, encouragement) and also understanding defeat (compassion, empathy, need of building your skill level). This will determine the depth of your courage and the clarity of your purpose. But to the degree to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable will reveal to us the level of fear and disconnection we are operating at. It’s ok to be afraid just choose God and what He has for you. Choose to do it afraid until you breakthrough to the other side of courage. Courage is your friend not fear. Choose courage and to be adamantly “all in” no matter what.
NCWC Transformation Center Director