Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage. Joshua 10:25
When confronted with a decision, often we must ask ourselves what is our greatest fear in order to make the right decision and pursue the correct course of action. We may be presented with the opportunity to make peace with someone who we have experienced a broken relationship/friendship with for example. Maybe outwardly we express concerns and fear about not taking the step towards making peace with that individual because we are not sure if that is definitely what God is leading us to do. However inwardly, perhaps our greatest fear is really about losing the upper hand because we had the final say and ended the relationship/friendship on our terms. In this scenario, the right course of action would be to take the step towards making peace with the other person in order to face our bigger fear of losing the upper hand. It may be that God wants you to let go of the need to have the final say or upper hand so that He alone can control the events of your life!
God wants us to face our fears because not doing so places us in bondage. The Bible even states, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear” (Romans 8:15). A person who is overly fearful about what people think about them will always be bound to the opinions of others and trying to please them. A person that is fearful of losing money will always be in bondage to it and may become overly frugal. An individual that is afraid to step out and pursue the dreams and goals that God has placed in their heart may always be bound to a life of mediocrity. At least 365 times, the Bible tells us to “fear not” (Genesis 15:1)! When we face our greatest fear, God is there to help us and ensure that we are loosed and free in that area of our life. God wants us to be free in every area of our life so go ahead and face your greatest fear on today!