Lately I’ve had a song in my head, “Fearless” by Jasmine Murray. As my Google Play album comes on the screen and I see Jasmine’s “fearless” pixie cut, I begin singing “fearless, I, I want to be!”
Throughout my day I belt it out- there’s strength in praising the Lord. When I feel my weakest I’ve found true praises come from my soul.
The definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Yeah girl, I was thinking, I have those feelings too.
Just like the song says, “no holding back, no not anymore…” This. This is when freedom comes into our lives.
Psalm 121:2 says, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
I’m a Mom of two young boys. My oldest is 3 and my youngest is 15 months old. So daily help is what comes to mind often in my life.
Most days I find the enemy whispers lies trying to destroy me. “If they loved you, they’d help you. Why are you trying to so much, you will never be good enough. She/He is going to hurt you again so don’t even try getting closer to them.”
Wow, those thoughts are not from my God, who loves me!!
When these thoughts come to our mind and might I add, they are crippling thoughts of fear, we MUST pray! “May Your voice be louder than the worries in my life.”
All through Psalm 136 we find “His steadfast love endures forever.”
“Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;” Psalms 136:2-3
Nearly five months ago I was blindsided with hurt by someone who I love and care for. The rejection felt like stabbing at my heart. These scriptures gave me comfort. HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. He will never leave us! He is always near.
His word teaches us to “love others as you love yourself” (Mark 12:30-31) “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you.” (Luke 6:28) He doesn’t tell us that we must sit around waiting to see what others can do for us!
He calls us deeper. He calls us to deny ourselves. (Luke 9:23) As the apostle Paul wrote, we must give up our lives for the cause of Christ! (Ephesians 3)
So how to we start living as fearless women who love?
First, we do need His help and we must PRAISE OUR CREATOR! Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Let’s let go of the to-do lists that we set up before we seek His face.
Secondly, must wake up every day warding off the thoughts of the enemy “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 God please give me strength to live holy devoted to you.
Thirdly, put on the armor of the Lord! (Ephesians 6:10) Remember this battle is the Lords. He will fight for you. Let go and let God take control.
Fourth, we pray and cry out to Him, yes even before you drink your coffee; cause truth is He satisfies every longing. (Psalm 107:9)
Fifth, we read His word for direction and guidance. Remember, we need help!! He is our help! “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 Oh, how I need Him to guide my every step.
And last, we must love God and love others! (Mark 12:30-31)
May we know the love of God deeper than ever before and let His light shine through us! When we truly love God and others there is growth!
In John Piper’s article titled “Fearless Women in a World of Opportunities” he challenges women to “be devoted to the glory of God and that the promises of Christ be trusted. Be women of prayer…” I encourage you to read his challenge to us ladies. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fearless-women-in-a-world-of-opportunities
I found 33 verses to help us remember we should not fear but I’m going to only list a few here (I believe that will be another blog in itself.) I encourage you to dig into the word along with me.
2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”;
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”;
Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 56:3, Phil 4:6-7; John 14:27, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 118:6-7.
Dear women of God may you fear Him and live fearless- proclaiming His goodness and love to the world. I’m praying that our hearts will be on fire for His kingdom!
To the woman reading who does not know this God of peace, who takes all our fears away… I pray your soul is consumed by His love and power and that you come to the saving knowledge of His grace. He came to give us life!! (John 10:10)
When you live out God’s calling for your life, I am so encouraged to live for Christ.
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I desire to follow the call He’s put on our lives, submit to His will, and for the rest of my life live together, Holy devoted to Christ.
Words cannot express how full my heart is knowing that God gave me you to share this life with.
You are an example of His love to me. I didn’t understand true love until I came to know you. I believe He opened my eyes to His glory.
Molly, you are such a joy to be around and this is truly a tremendous resource for women (and men could glean from it, also) to come to for encouragement and such wisdom!!! I am covering you in much love and prayer as you continue to allow God to work through you!
Love, hugs and prayer!
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Debra, it feels my heart with joy to hear from you. You and the women at One Voice have strengthened my faith. I thank God for you all as friends. Praying for you Debra. You are such a sweet woman of God.
God has given you a wonderful gift run with it may whoever reads be encouraged
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Thank you for encouraging me, Drema. Praying for you! ❤️
Drema, thank you for your encouragement. Praying for you! ❤️
Really needed this! I have struggled with fear for several years because of not completely laying it all down at His feet and letting Christ take FULL control. I fell ‘flat on my face’ every time I’d try to do something on my own.
Something you said really hit home for me..let go and let God take control. Yes!!!
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Thank you so much for sharing this. God is so good. We truly do have nothing to fear. He is always with us, guiding us and loves us dearly.
I’m praying for you Ashleigh. You are such a blessing.