"THE LORD is my Light and my Salvation -- whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid?"
Beloved, are you full of stress and worry today? Are you being entangled and gripped with fear? Fear paralyzes us from moving forward into the call that the Lord has for us. In essence, fear is the lack of faith and trust in Him to do what He said he was going to do in your life.
The spirit of fear is not given to us by God. It is a lie from the enemy to try to demote us into cowardice and timidity. We have a natural tendency to "fight" or "flight" when we are gripped with stressful, fearful, uncomfortable situations. The enemy's tactic is for us to "flight" (run from) the promises of God when we lack faith.
God wants to be your sweet comforter during these intense circumstances. When God comforts you, He calls you to His side and encourages you and alleviates your grief. It is during these difficult circumstances that you will be able to see God's greater degree of tenderness and love for you. Not that He cared for you or loved you less before, however, you will be more sensitive to his affection towards you. It is the sweet love and comfort of the Father.
In a court of justice, a counsel of defense is used as an advocate to plead another's case. The legal counsel is generally at that person's side and acts as an intercessor on that person's behalf. In the same way, the sweet Lord Jesus wants to comfort you and intercede on your behalf. Cling to His side that he may comfort you!
Have you ever seen a "fainting goat"? A fainting goat is a breed of goats whose muscles freeze every time the goat gets frightened. If you would even attempt to draw near these goats, they would collapse on their side, gripped with fear. When startled, the younger goats would stiffen and fall over. The older goats, however, had learned to spread their legs or lean against something when startled, and often they would continue to run about in an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle. The older goats had learned how to move forward and prevent themselves from falling. The immature goats had not yet learned this skill.
So I ask you, which one are you? Are you the young, immature goat that falls over and gives up in times of testing? If so, be assured that our adversary is laughing at you. Or are you the more mature goat, trusting and leaning on God and moving forward, even if it may feel uncomfortable and awkward? Know that He is with you beloved and has you by His side. Do not be gripped with fear for He is your stronghold and you shall not be afraid.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .