Breaking down the barriers that hold you back from reaching your full potential is not an easy thing. Sometimes it’s even hard to put a finger on what that barrier is.
I started pursuing my minister’s credentials shortly after graduating high school. I did all but one book. I took the test and passed with flying colors. All I had to do was finish that one book of studies. I didn’t do it.
A few years later, I got all the books I needed for that first step in the minister’s credentials process… again. I finished most of the books. Never took the test. I did this at least one more time. Started. Got close to finishing. Stopped.
I can’t even explain to you why I did that time and time again. But 20 years after getting on this merry-go-round…. I took one more shot at it. This time was different. I was finally able to make it all the way through. Not only did I finish the first step, I finished two more to become an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.
Breaking down the barriers that were stopping me from moving forward has changed everything! So many doors for ministry have opened since that time.
When I stop and think about what it was that held me back, I realize it was a combination of things. Aside from the barriers I was struggling to overcome, I do think that timing had something to do with it also. But, in this series of blog posts, I want to explore a few barriers that I had to overcome. Maybe you can relate.
Fear can come in a variety of forms. Fear of making a wrong move. Fear of what others will think Fear of disappointing someone. Fear of not having support. Fear of not being smart enough, rich enough, pretty enough, old enough, young enough. Blah. Blah. Blah! All kinds of fear!
Fear’s job is to get your eyes off what God can do through you and onto what you can’t do. Fear can paralyze you so you don’t move forward. But listen… God will NOT ask you to do ANYTHING that you cannot do. I seem to remember a verse in Philippians 4:13 that says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. So… “I can’t” is not a valid excuse. But about fear…
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us “God has not given us a Spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.” Don’t we know it!
So what do you do?
- You recognize that fear comes from the one (the devil) who is afraid of the impact that you are going to make for the kingdom of God. When you are walking in God’s divine plan and purpose for your life you are a powerful force! The enemy of your soul wants to transfer his fear to you. He wants you to be as afraid as he is. Don’t take that! It’s not of God! God hasn’t given you fear. God has given you power, love and a sound mind. Let that sink in.
- You remember, there is no fear in love. When your love for God is greater than your fear of failure you’ll step out and do what He’s calling you to do. When you’re love for people is greater than your fear of people you’ll step out and do what He’s calling you to do. Ultimately, every call of God is focused on bringing people to Christ.
You love God. You love people. Your calling is to help you introduce the two.
When the love of God consumes you, you want everyone to know that love. Your love for God will take you to a place where you can “do it afraid”. In other words, you don’t let fear stop you. You just want everyone to know the love you know. It’s that love that drives you to accomplish God’s will for your life.
What I’ve found to be true in my journey is that love conquers fear. Love for God. Love for people. Love is where it’s at.
In this series of blog posts, I’m going to cover a few more barriers that hold us back. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.
Question: What fear have you had to overcome to move forward? What fear are you dealing with now?