Fear Is A Lie
Everyone has fears, whether they admit them or not. Whether it’s the fear of spiders, fear of the dark or the fear of failure, fear and anxiety is stimulated by the enemy to cripple us.
It’s a tool used to paralyse us from stepping into our God-given purpose, making us resistant to the direction God wants to take us in. As believers, we are called to live fearlessly, stand strong in the authority of the Lord and defend against the enemy’s feeble attacks, recognising that fear is a lie...
Moses is the perfect exemplar of someone who was commissioned to do great things but continually doubted himself out of fear. In the end, this nearly deterred him from the mission God had assigned to his name:
“Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.””— Exodus 3:10-12
When we doubt ourselves and our capabilities, our mindset becomes fixated on the worst and we begin to think negatively. We become insecure and question our identity with the words “Who am I?” as if we are not good enough to fulfil the purpose God has for us.
Yet, if God has commissioned you to a task, God will qualify the unqualified in you and finish the work He started in you. It takes confidence to know that the Lord will see you through this project and work with your flaws and imperfections.
Although Moses knew this, the fear of his past paralysed him. Moses was a murderer. He murdered an Egyptian and as a result, he was exiled from Egypt. However, God had other plans and He sent Moses back to Egypt, to confront his past and build a better future. Yet, as the shame and guilt of his past still haunted him, it made space for the enemy to plant seeds of doubt into his mind, to prevent him from stepping into his calling.
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”” — Exodus 4:1
“Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.””— Exodus 4:10
It is no doubt that Moses had a speech impediment, lacked confidence and got tongue-tied, but for every-time Moses fears, the Lord provides something to comfort him. God even reveals His name to Moses as “Yahweh” which in Hebrew translates to “I AM.” As confusing as it may sound, our God is not a God of confusion, but rather He is a God of certainty.
God tells Moses “I AM WHO I AM” in other words:
· I am the one true living God.
· I am the creator of the universe.
· I am the redeemer to the captive.
· I am the councillor to the anxious.
· I am the Prince of Peace to the weary.
· I am the Father to the fatherless.
The Lord is everything you want Him to be in your time of need. If God has a vision for your life that seems uncomfortable or inconvenient, there’s a reason. God will put you in situations you don’t want to be in, because He knows that there’s something there that will help you grow.
The Lord sometimes takes us into troubled waters, not to drown us but to heal and cleanse us. So, embrace the purpose God has for you, allow yourself to be led by the Spirit and never allow fear to dictate your life and hold you back from the places God wants to take you…