Conquering Fear – The Fear Factor
If you’re like me, fear is something I have faced all my life and quite often. I feared 3rd grade math, middle school, cheer try-outs, college, and having my first baby, just to name a few. The funny thing is now looking back on them, most of my fears seem silly and not worthy of any amount of worry or fear, but at the time all my fears seemed earth-shattering, causing sleepless nights, upset stomachs, and lots of tears.
One of the biggest fears in my adult years I had to face and am still overcoming is public speaking. I’ve heard that public speaking is the #1 fear people have and I can see why! For me, I’ve always been up in front of people, but only as a singer, not as a speaker. I’ve sung since I was a little girl and was never too nervous about singing because I felt comfortable and confident doing it. (Probably because my parents so affirmed me in that too!) But when it came time for me to share a devotional to the worship team, it was completely another story. I can remember at one rehearsal getting up to share a 5 minute thought and a Bible verse, and after a few seconds I had to excuse myself to the restroom, claiming I was feeling sick, when in reality I thought I was going to literally faint! I would turn red and my neck would have red splotches all over it—can you believe that? This continued to be a pattern in my life with speaking because of fear! I thought I wasn’t good enough, what will people think, and I’m not Joyce Meyer. I so worried about the wrong things instead of just letting God use ME and just be ME—no one else! God gave me Joshua 1:9 to stand on every time I spoke which says, “Have I not commanded you, be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. “ I learned to lean on God and not DeLynn and speak even with a red splotchy neck and to even do it afraid if I had to. When I got my eyes off of myself, God used me!
I don’t know what fears you are facing today, but I know when they are your fears, they are real and scary. But our God can replace your fear with faith, set you free from what people think, and you can stand tall in His Grace. I am realizing as I face new fears in my life and what God has in the future, that I have NOTHING TO PROVE and NOTHING TO LOSE! I am complete in Him—I lack nothing! The Good News is we all face fears, challenges, and the storms of life, BUT we have an anchor, a comforter, a Savior, who is all we need in every situation.
I pray you depend on Jesus and His Spirit like never before! He will be your strength, your song, and your peace! Let Him be all He can and wants to be in you and through you! He loves you so much and has promised you and a future and a hope! Be assured today—your life is in His hands!