I had a recent dream where I was on my bike, riding through a pretty rough, crime-stricken neighborhood. While riding, I noticed I shared the space with many material things that could have made me an easy target to rob or even kill. I had so many things on my bike that I even had to stop in the middle of this neighborhood and take some of the things off, making the ride easier. I realized shortly after I woke up, I had no fear of being robbed or killed in this dream. I knew without any doubt God would protect me and He did.
“Although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV).
We are called to walk through difficult situations not around or avoid. In this dream, God didn’t show me going around this neighborhood, or even traveling through in the daytime. But, I saw myself traveling through a dangerous neighborhood, at a dangerous time to explain no matter where or when God will be right there with me. In the days that led up to this dream, I had been so fearful of sudden danger in my life, but with no basis for it- I was just fearing fear. And God, being the amazing, loving father He is, helped me quiet this noise by showing me He is a protector through any and every situation.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18 NIV).
We have to faith our fears. Melva Henderson said it best, “In spite of fear, we must move forward never allowing fear to be a deterrent. Fear is perverted faith; it’s having more confidence in satan’s ability to trip us up than we do in God’s ability to take us over.” Reading, hearing, praying and meditating on the word of God will quiet the deafening sounds of fear. Whenever thoughts of fear come into your mind, give it a one-two punch and knock it out, kill it by standing on scriptures that feed your faith and starve your doubt. If God’s word is sharper than a double-edged sword able to split soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it can certainly cut right through your fears. (Hebrews 4:12)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
There is a song that sings out Psalm 27. “The Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear? Whom shall I be afraid? I will wait on you. I will remain confident in this, I will see the goodness of the Lord.” I enjoy this song because it tells my fears to move around with a boldness. It allows me to tell my fears I will do what God has called me to do even if it scares me. People are eagerly waiting for YOU to step out and do what you are already equipped to do (Romans 8:19) and there is no time to be halted by fear. God is right there with you, always.
“…but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV).