Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's Time to Conquer Fear & Intimidation

Fear and intimidation can be our worst enemy. It can keep us from taking action and moving forward. It can lead us into spiritual bondage and hold us back or delay us from God’s promises. Fear can hinder our personal growth and development because it limits us and traps us. Fear and intimidation is one of the number one reasons people don’t achieve their goals and dreams. I found that in those times where I experienced fear and became intimidated, I made some poor choices which then affected other areas of my life, its one thing to be cautious but another to live in fear and intimidation.

I love the amplified version of 2 Timothy 1:7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

In order to conquer fear and intimidation you have to face your fears otherwise your fears can begin to control you emotionally, mentally and even physically. Be determined to take action to conquer your fears. Start confronting them. It’s ok if you need to begin with a small step, you’ve made the decision to take action toward conquering the fear – that’s most important.

I’m a list maker, so one of the things I’ve been doing is making a list of things I want to accomplish and what I need to do to get past the fear and then I do something on that list. There was a time where I greatly feared and was intimidated about attending big social functions and events. I had to ease into them. What I learned to do was figure out what intimidated me so much about social events and begin addressing those fears. It was something that I could not escape due to the types of jobs I’ve had in the past, not to mention there were things I wanted to be a part of in church and other social gatherings. I had to conquer this fear. I give all the credit and praise to God because He did wonders in helping me resolve those fears and He gave me great peace during those times.

Have faith in God. He is with you and for you not against you. Have faith that He will help you overcome your fears so you can become the person that He intends for you to be. He wants you free to accomplish the goals and plans He has for your life.

Let go of things that you may have failed at in the past. Try not to beat yourself up about it and allow negativity to set in. Not everything we try goes well, but we have to keep moving forward and making the effort. We can learn from our mistakes and perhaps lack of experience and apply that knowledge to future endeavors. Dwelling on past failures only kept me tied to the past, never moving forward and missing present and future opportunities and wrapped up in negative thoughts. Develop a positive attitude and a positive mindset and you won’t stay stuck. Having positive thoughts can lead to positive action!

We cannot control everything in our lives. Things just happen – sometimes without warning or preparation. It’s the unexpected. In these times, we really have to go deeper with God. The unexpected can seem like a set back or set up for failure and push you right back into fear and intimidation so you don’t move forward. Trust that God will see you through no matter what. Also, keep in mind that He may be testing you. The test isn’t meant to create fear and paralyze us but rather to help us grow. Lean on Him and trust that He has given you the wisdom and grace to walk through this time of testing.

Take steps today to face what you fear most. Before you know it, you will have conquered it!

Grace & Peace

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