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fear is a liar

Sometimes, we have this idea or dream or desire in our heart, and we think it would be amazing to see it happen, but then fear sets in.

We toss the idea around, inventing or exaggerating limitations, pitting it up against our fears, and there’s no chance. Our fragile dream will never make it. We hear that ominous voice and know. We’ll be a sure failure. It won’t pan out. It’s too late. It’s too soon. Fear dances around in our head and taunts, describing with detail the worst possible outcomes.

But fear is a liar, when it comes to the hope in your soul. Often, our repetitive desires indicate a readiness for next steps of faith. There is a timing to these steps. Fear is the enemy of faith, the opposition to the dreams you’ve been dreaming for decades, the naysayer to the instinct that there’s this joyful niche you can flow from.

Fear is the nemesis to the calling you can’t shake. And even all the tiny “sub” callings that are meant to flow like streams from the river of your heart.

I’ve had this one idea for a while now, but for some reason, I never actually begin it because I think I can see the end already, and it’s not good. In reality, I have no clue what the ending will be, or what my idea could lead to. I have no knowledge of the provision that might await my first step…

“To begin, begin.” -William Wordsworth

In refusing to begin, I’ve forfeited all the learning and help and action and growth that would be sure to happen if I would just begin. If I would just try it and let go of fear. Sure, there is a risk. But anything of true value has risk.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear – fear is never from our Father – but we have been given a spirit of power, love, and self control. If you are a child of God, you have these as gifts from your Father.

We need to access them. Utilize them. Depend on Him to strengthen our faith. Realize that our calling and dreams and ideas simply cannot be carried out in our own strength. And fear is not our friend.

We need faith. We need our Father. We need power, love, and self-control.

And maybe you need to hear this today:

It’s time to begin.


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