Imagine Your Life Free from Fear

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Do you ever wonder what your life would look like if fear didn't exist? For example, what if you had the confidence to pursue every passion God gave you? Just imagine for a moment what that would look like. Well, God gives us a special gift called faith so we can do amazing things for Him. And I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and exercise that gift full time.

Faith gives us so much potential because it motivates us to move forward in the plans God has for us. But fear is a feeling Satan uses to keep our focus inward. It makes us feel anxious, causes us to dread the future, and it can keep us from saying and doing things that would reveal more of God's love to the world.

We need to learn to interrupt fear at its onset — before it begins to settle in our spirits. The choice is to either let Satan stop us in our tracks or to go forward in faith, believing God is in control.

The good news is when we're struggling with fear, we can turn to God's Word for an inspiring, encouraging reality check. Romans 8:31 (NIV) says, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" And Psalm 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?"

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These Scriptures are basically saying that if we believe God's Word, then we have already won the battle we're facing.

Jesus tells us in Mark 11:22 (AMPC), "Have faith in God [constantly]." God doesn't want you to be fearful at any time. He wants you to be bold, confident, courageous and full of faith every day of your life — not just until you have a problem or until someone mistreats you. There's no until. And no one can stop God from answering a prayer that lines up with His Word and His will for our lives.

Keeping the Faith While You're Waiting

Throughout the course of a lifetime, we spend a lot of time waiting. And that is often the case with prayer. We can spend years praying for something to happen. And during that time, Satan will do everything he can to discourage us. He will try to convince us that God doesn't love us, that God's promises are for more worthy people or that we didn't really hear from God in the first place. But if we will choose to trust God continually, we can keep moving forward in His plans for us.

The truth is even if you don't see the fulfillment of every dream or desire of your heart here on earth, God will be pleased as you continue to believe in His perfect plan. And in the meantime, your faith will fill you with hope, joy and peace. (See Romans 15:13.)

Now if you knew me years ago, you would know that I wasn't always filled with hope. In fact, I was miserable whenever God made me wait for anything so I would try to make things happen on my own. And it eventually wore me out! I remember lying on the floor, crying, saying, "God, I've tried everything and nothing's working. I just give up!" At that moment, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, "Really, Joyce? You mean, you're going to let Me take it from here?"

You see, when we're ready to let go, God is right there to fight our battles. We just need to learn to trust Him ... and that comes through experience as we take each new step of faith.

Overcoming Opposition with Consistency

Today instead of trying to pray my problems away, I've learned to pray for things like strength and courage, and for the power to endure whatever comes with a good temper. With God's help, I can choose faith every time I'm confronted with feelings of fear or intimidation.

Philippians 1:28 (NIV) says not to be "frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God."

With God's help, we can remain stable in the face of fear, putting one foot in front of the other ... walking by faith full time.

Imagine again what it would be like to pursue your God-given passions in life. Don't let fear stop you! Keep seeking God. Stir yourself up with Scriptures on faith. And boldly say, "God is bigger. He is working on my behalf, and I trust Him constantly."

For more on this topic, order Joyce's four-teaching CD series Overcoming Fear with Faith. You can also contact us to receive our free magazine, Enjoying Everyday Life, by calling (800) 727-9673 or visiting joycemeyer.org.

Please note: The views and opinions expressed throughout this publication and/or website are those of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored 130 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and How to Age Without Getting Old (FaithWords). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit joycemeyer.org.

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Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Get Your Hopes Up! (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit www.joycemeyer.org.

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