Free & New

When I think about my life I can’t recall the amount of times that I said I didn’t care what people thought of me. But I can recall a few times where I acted or reacted in a way that proved I absolutely did care. I can remember when I was a child and my step mother would ask me something if I knew it was wrong I would feel compelled to lie to her. Oh my, I remember it like it was yesterday! I would get caught and then think to myself I don’t care what she thinks. But that was a lie too. I heard it preached once that the main reason people lie is fear. That really made me think. How many times have I nodded and smiled when I should have spoken up or told God’s truth for fear of what some one else will think. How wrong is it to care more about what a person will think than about what God will think of I lied. I went round and round about this asking God reveal to me times that I have done this and he did. He showed me that for the most part of my life I was more afraid of what people thought than what Jesus thought. I have been more prone to do what makes me happy than what is Christ like because deep down instant gratification comes from fear of the future. It all comes from fear. Fear of not having enough. Fear of being rejected or unloved. But when I unwrap God’s truth I start to realize I have no reason to fear. Look at what Saul said to Samuel.

See under pressure he cracked. So many of us are great christians until we are pressured. We are sunshine and daisies until the f bomb starts flying in traffic. Are we impatient for fear of being late or fear of being less than?

Or when every other parent seems cooler than you. They are over there like ju ju on that beat and you are all like let’s read the Bible but you don’t speak up because you fear you will loose your child’s affections. But let me tell you just like top songs fade away so does a person living in fear. God’s word lasts forever. He remains. All else will fade away but not him.

We can be brave and faithful while no one takes offense against our faith. It is in those times when we do not give way to fear that our true character is forged.

Now if you are like me and fear has been a big part of your life take a deep breath and pay your self on the back. At least we have acknowledged it. I think God can do so much more with our hearts when we acknowledge what we hide in there. Now I have some Scripture for us that has contually helped me. I want it to reshape our lives.

First: 

Now I don’t know about y’all but I am over here like Lord I want to be made a perfect as I can be in love here on this earth.

Second:


I’m done with lacking. I’m tired of ever feeling fearful. Instead of fearing life and people I want to fear the Lord.

Third(and this one is absolutely my favorite):


Yep, that’s who I want to be a creature with out fear for anything but my holy God.

May you be set free from some fear today in Jesus name. Praying you will finally step into that loving spirit you are meant to be.

May you be blessed and encouraged.

2017© Annette Burke & 4Her Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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