Have you ever been so afraid to step out of your comfort zone? A comfort zone of not pursuing a dream you know has been given to you to make a reality! The only reason for not pursuing is fear! Paralysis is what I call fear. It makes me not move an inch in accomplishing that very thing I am so passionate about. It has taken me 20 years to debut my first book. I have to admit I feel mighty darn good about taking the first step in pursuing my dream. Why did it have to take me so long, though? Fear! Paralyzed me from my hands to my feet. One thing I realized, it didn’t paralyze my mind. No matter how much I avoided writing, I was still dreaming about it in my sleep. I would be watching television, and my mind would be on writing. I would be driving, and I would get a revelation. I would wait until I got to my destination to write down that revelation. Writing is in my veins flowing from my heart to my mouth to my hands. I can no longer contain it! I am like Jeremiah in the 20th chapter, 9th verse, when he said, “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
So, what is the antidote for fear?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
Actually, you have three antidotes for fear!
(1) You have the power of choice. You have a right to choose to cast down strongholds that are blocking your opportunities to be bless. Strongholds can be procrastination, fear, criticism, etc. You have the power to believe you can do anything through the strength of Jesus Christ.
(2) You have love. Love for God’s people. Love for building up others. Love for building up yourself. Love for that very gift you can’t contain. Love will cast out fear every time. Let your ‘why’ be bigger than your ‘what others may think of you.’
(3) You have a sound mind. A mind that is not troubled or damaged, because it is secured in the Hands of God. Secured in the thoughts of God. Secured in the Word of God. Believing every thing that proceeds out of the mouth of God instead of man! Be fearless! Be bless! Be inspired!