False Evidence Appearing Real
For some time I’ve wanted to try a new running path. It’s along a main street and neighboring homes with a sidewalk. But for some reason I kept feeling bound to the track. Maybe because it was safe and familiar to me. I would pull up to the park each morning and start my same ole run but deep down I really wanted to get out there and jog that road!
I was scared. I was scared that it was too far, or that I would look silly (I run, but I don’t look like a runner), or that a dog would chase me. So everyday I ran in circles around the track until one morning the Holy Spirit brought this to my memory, “You have nothing to fear but fear itself.” No, this is not a scripture; it’s actually a quote from one of our past Presidents, but God uses what we know to catch our attention. I started pondering on that quote and realized that He was right. I have nothing to fear, but fear.
I am a self-proclaimed self-motivator. When I am feeling fearful or down and out I start talking to my inner self. Here is how the conversation went:
“Kay, you are running around this track, BOUND by fear thinking you can’t do it. Are you kidding? Did you not know that you can do all things through Christ that has made you strong? You are a child of the most high God, He will protect you! Look at your legs; look how God has strengthened them. How can you go higher if you stay running in this circle? You need to kick it up a notch!”
Later on I went to my Bible to look up scriptures on fear (yes all of this to prepare me for a new trail). These are the words that God showed me.
“Yea though I walk the valley of the shadow of death I will fear NO evil, for thou art with me!” (Psalm 23:4 KJV)
“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?” (Psalm 27:1 NIV)
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6 NIV)
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NIV)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:10-13 NIV)
When I began writing this EmpowerMoment, God confirmed for me that this is really not about a jog, but about fear. How many of you are bound by fear, running around the track, scared to venture out? How many of you are scared to tell that man, “Look, this isn’t working; I’m compromising too much,” for fear of being alone? How many of you reading this are bound by your fears of starting your own business because the money doesn’t seem right or you are scared you will fail? How many of you are scared to lose, or even scared to win, because of what others may think?
How many of you reading this have been hurt, scarred, and abused but scared to love again? Did you not know that God will restore and can restore you? Did you not know that God heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds? (Psalms 147:3 NIV)
The next day I ran that new trail and felt EMPOWERED after I did it. I had nothing to fear but fear itself. All of the evidence I thought existed was false, for fear is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL!
You are shelter in the time of storm, a comforter when I’m sad, my protector in the time of trouble, and my redeemer when I’ve messed up. Lord, I pray that You teach me how to be fearless! Teach me how to rely on Your Word in knowing that my fears are false evidence. Help me to realize that fear does not come from You. It is a trick of distraction from the enemy to hinder the plans You have for me. Give me strength in You Lord, to be bold and do what You’ve called me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to step out of fear and walk in faith. Do not remain bound any longer, for God has given you strength, peace, and the resources you need to carry out the task. I EMPOWER you to encourage yourself when you feel the enemy trying to discourage you. Pull out God’s Word and fight!
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.