Ephesians 6:14-17 reads "Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

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Fear of Failure

2 Timothy 1:6-8

“6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”

Have you ever been in a game situation, and you were the center of attention? All eyes were focused on you. If you didn’t get the job done you would lose the game for yourself, or the team. If you got the job done then that meant you were victorious. During the situation your heart is beating intensely because you fear disappointing your team, the people that came to watch you, or just yourself.

I believe this same feeling of fear takes places in life everyday. We become afraid and fear what people might think of us, what we say, what we do, how we look, what we value, or what decisions we make. This is also known as the “Approval Addiction.” We want people, or authority to approve of us. Have you experienced the fear of failing before?

I think many of us experience this in our Christian walks. We fear what people might think of us because we have chosen to give our lives to Jesus and live radically. I know I have felt this before. Fear is part of our human nature. We all do it.

Who cares what people think, or say about you if you are living for God. If God has chosen you to live radically for Him do it. Yes, we might be persecuted a little bit for living for Jesus, but there is so many more blessings and joyful moments that come out of loving God and living for Him. In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says “The Spirit of God gives us power, love, and self discipline.” God is with you when you are fearing something, someone, or a situation. If you need power and strength call upon the name of Jesus. He is with you, and He will always be with you.

Question: What are you afraid of, or what do you fear? Do you need to hand your fear of failing to God?


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