Day 5

Admitting Fear

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Isaiah 56:3 NIV

Whatever we fear establishes the boundaries of our freedom. Therefore, admitting our fear is another step towards freedom.

There are so many things that we fear. Suffocating fears of what the present day, and the future, might hold can crush our spirit every morning before we even got out of bed, and can rob us of sleep at night. There is also the fear of what people think, the fear of inadequacy, the fear of failure, and so many more.

The Old Testament tells the story of King Jehoshaphat feeling afraid as war approached. He admitted his feelings and dependency upon God: "We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help" (2 Chronicles 20:12).

Jehoshaphat humbled himself before God by admitting his dependence upon Him. But he didn't stop there. He took another important step by moving into battle despite those fears. And what happened? God honoured him for trusting Him. He experienced God's strength at work on his behalf.

Changing thinking patterns, admitting fear, and moving forward despite that fear is the key to freedom.

What new opportunities lay before you? What dreams lay hidden in your heart? Don't let the fear of inadequacy hinder you from fulfilling God's purpose for your life. Take courage, move forward, and watch as fear takes flight.

What fears do you need to admit to God?