‘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
A tourist was driving through the countryside when he saw an old farmer sitting in a chair on his verandah. Behind his farmhouse was 75 hectares of land. The tourist asked, ‘Is that your land?’ ‘Yep,’ he replied. ‘Well, what are you doing with it? Thinking of growing coconuts?’ the tourist asked. ‘Nope, I’m afraid weevils will get them,’ said the farmer. ‘What about bananas?’ the tourist asked. ‘No, I’m afraid leaf rust will spoil it,’ he replied. ‘Well,’ the tourist asked, ‘What about chickens?’ The farmer said, ‘I’m afraid the price might go down.’ ‘So, what are you going to do with all that prime farmland?’ the tourist asked. ‘Nothing. I’m just going to play it safe.’
Is that how you feel? When you choose to play it safe in life, your potential for success is like that barren wasteland. As long as fear rules your life you won’t step out in faith and fulfil your destiny. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Isn’t it better to risk failure and do what God wants, than risk displeasing Him? We’ve all experienced the fear that makes us want to pull back. Only those who overcome it go far in life. ‘…Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ (Psalm 35:27 NKJV) Conquering the fear of failure begins with believing: ‘God wants me to succeed.’ Supported by that truth you cannot only resist your fears but defeat them.
SoulFood: 1 Chr 23:21–26:19, John 11:17–27, Ps 8, Pro 26:23–26
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