I went to the “Desperate for Jesus” conference in Dallas, TX hosted by Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship this weekend, and the theme was “Fearless.” Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer were the speakers, and they both touched on how we were made to live in such a generation as this, and God needs us to be courageous! We need to be FEARLESS!
As I thought about being fearless, I started thinking about what exactly fear was. In order to have “less” of it, I figured I should determine what fear really is. So, what exactly is fear? On a practical level, fear is really being uncertain of the unknown. Don’t you think?
I started thinking about what my fears were, and why I had them. I thought about my psychology class in college, and how I learned the only fear we’re born with is a fear of loud noises…the rest are learned. So, every fear we are holding onto has been learned…which means it can be unlearned.
I John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Now, I John 4:8 tells us God is love. Replace “love” with “God” wherever you find it. If you do, that scripture now reads, “There is no fear in God. But (a) perfect God drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in God.”
When we walk in fear, we are not made perfect in love nor are we made perfect in God. Somehow, fear chips away at our ability to love whatever we fear, and it chips away at our ability to grow in our perfect resemblance of God, which is punishment!
On the flip side, if we do NOT walk in fear, we ARE made perfect in love and in God. By being bold we are able to love perfectly and become or grow into the wonderful purpose in which God created us–because we no longer have any reservations about walking in that purpose…that…perfect…purpose!
So, how can you fear LESS in order to be fearless? Just trust the God who made you when he’s calling you to do what he made you to do. But, It’s a process because you have to begin unlearning all those fears you’ve learned which may not be founded in truth. So be patient with yourself, and pray for direction and understanding.
As Priscilla Shirer stated this weekend about prayer, “It is a divinely ordained mechanism that activates the power of heaven.” Isn’t that wonderful?! We have the power of heaven at our fingertips to walk boldly toward our divine reason for being! So when you pray for direction, you are calling on the power of heaven to “activate what God wanted to give you anyway,” as Priscilla also stated.
Now go be FEARLESS!
Watch my tweets this week on steps for being fearless in accomplishing your goals. We will be bold together! We were made for such a time as this! Comment and let me know some of the ways you’re walking in power and being bold!