Good afternoon! Happy Thursday to you all!
TFTD: What are you afraid of?
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Imagine a little boy who dreamed of becoming a doctor. He diligently saved lives at recess with his precious doctor’s kit he received as a birthday gift. He enjoyed putting on Band-Aids for his scraps and bruises. Every night he would visualize himself in scrubs at a top-notch hospital. The possibilities were endless in this child’s mind. His mind allowed him to drift to places beyond his present reality. Then the child begins to grow up and he is faced with the requirement of extensive schooling. It’s a minor obstacle in his mind because he always dreamed of becoming a doctor.
He continues to grow and hold onto his dream and then his parents tell him that he will never become a doctor. It cost too much and they can’t afford it. Then his friends at school tell him that it’s a waste of time and he would miss out on all of the fun. He researched some of the top ranking colleges and the SAT requirements intimated him. The cost of tuition scared him. He immediately felt a weight of anxiety hang on his shoulders. He started second guessing his dream because the perception that was now associated with becoming a doctor didn’t look so promising. What happened? Why was this young man afraid? What happened to the confident little boy who dreamt of becoming a doctor?
Fear can be defined as False Evidence Appearing Real. It is the anticipation of the possibility of something happening! THE ANTICIPATION of the POSSIBILITY… People forfeit their dreams because they are anticipating the possibility of something bad happening. Why is the focus on something that may not even happen? Why is so much energy directed towards the anticipation of the possibility? The young boy had a dream and then he allowed what people were saying to discourage him. He allowed statistical data and requirements to deter him. How many times have you done this? How many times have you allowed fear to choke the life out of your dream?
THE FALSE EVIDENCE consumes you to the point that you believe it’s real. You believe that you don’t have enough money to buy a house. You believe that you aren’t qualified for that job. You believe that you aren’t skilled enough to start your own business. You believe you aren’t good enough to get married. Because someone has presented FALSE EVIDENCE you won’t even take the next step towards your dream.
I want to encourage someone today! God hasn’t given you the spirit of fear. God has given you Power, Lower, and a Sound Mind! For the one thing that is false (fear), God has given you THREE things to dominate it.
- Power- God has given you the authority to walk with purpose and destiny. You can command your day in Jesus name and possess the land. The Word says, ANYTHING we ask, BELIEVING, we shall receive (Read Matthew 21:22).
- Love- Since God is love, you have ACCESS to HIM. He is always with you. That’s enough right there, but God wanted to ensure that you knew you could conquer fear. I mean, He sent His Only Son to conquer death, hell and the grave, surely you can conquer FEAR with God on your side.
- Sound Mind– God has given you the ability to exercise self-control and think reasonably. So when false evidence is presented you are able to discern the truth and more importantly control yourself from giving into the fear.
God has adequately equipped you to conquer fear. Conquer fear with faith! Faith is believing in things you can’t see. The little boy dreamt about being a doctor. His faith was HUGE when he was younger. It’s to go back and grab that child-like faith. That faith that wasn’t easily influenced by others. All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Each day you need to water your faith with power, love and a sound mind. Keep watering your seed until it blossoms into the manifestation of the promise given to you from God.
Questions to ponder: How long will you live in something (fear) that didn’t come from God? Do you have more faith in what you fear than in God?
Put your faith into action and kick fear to the curb. Your dreams are waiting for you. People are waiting for you to walk in your calling. Start dreaming again and stop having nightmares.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.