God does not call us to live in fear. As a dear friend of mine said, “fear is not from God.” God frees us. Fear enslaves us. I have been a slave to fear all of my life. That fear has deprived me of relationships with family, friends, opportunities, hopes and dreams. No more! My chains are breaking free.
God made me a warrior. God has proven to me over and over again that He is there for me – no matter how rough the road gets.
Is fear holding you captive? Reach out to Jesus. Share your fears with Him and ask Him to help you let go. It me be a long journey, but the destination is worth taking those first steps.
“fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
My fear in sharing comes from past experiences. Unfortunately, it can feel like the negative consequences outweigh the positive ones. The biggest fear is rejection. On the very first day of being rescued, the first question was, “Is she lying?” That evening with a friend who took me and my mom in, “Did she ask for it?” From relatives who came to support my mom, “Can we touch her? Would she think we are trying to molest her if we gave her a hug?” My earliest positive experience with sharing was with another girl at school. For me, it was the day I first realized that good could come from evil. Such elation! Running back to my relative’s home bursting with excitement. Angry eyes, “You can never tell anyone about this!” My joy was shattered and my voice silenced.
Since then, my voice is slowly returning. Evil wins if the silence is kept. No lives are saved from despair. No courage or hope is given to those living in a hell on earth. No glory is given. No one learns the devastation rampant in our families while our silence holds. This is why I will share.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7