The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1 NLT)
Fear has been the reason that I am not further in my career or life than I would like to be. I am grateful for all the things that God has done for me but the unknown is scary. I have been offered opportunities that I have declined because I was afraid. I remember I had the opportunity to clean my credit up in order to buy a house and I chickened out. I made excuse after excuse. How am I going to afford a mortgage and all the bills? What if this area is not safe for me to live in for a while? I don’t know what schools are in the area for my daughter to attend? Excuse after excuse. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)
Another incident was with my former job. I was promoted to a better position. I was given the role of a leader. I was afraid to take charge and be a leader. I wasn’t following my job requirements for fear of people becoming angry with me. I was afraid to take risks in my role for fear of messing up. I was afraid to ask for help for fear of being labeled as someone that didn’t know how to do her job. Of course, I didn’t keep that job long, as expected, because I let fear again scare me out of something. So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? (Hebrews 13:6 NLT)
God has opened doors for me and I have not walked through them for fear of what was on the other side. All I could think about was the fact that if I stayed on that side of door, I always knew what I would get. I know what to expect even if it’s not much. I know how to do this job. I can call my landlord if something goes wrong. If I don’t say anything, it will be okay. All of these scenarios are just glimpses of what I have been afraid of and what fear has stopped me from accomplishing. I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:4 NLT)
God has placed a new song in my heart and I am now becoming a risk taker. I am learning to try new things and know that what God has for me is for me. Now when doors open I am learning how to pray and ask God to show me what is for me and what is not for me. I am learning to not be afraid to walk through doors because God promised me that He would never leave me, nor forsake me. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (NLT)
Thank You for allowing me to realize what my fears were in the past and what they are now. Thank You, God, for molding me into the fearless woman of God that You want me to be. Continue to give me strength and courage to stand up tall and to not be afraid of what’s coming. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies,I EMPOWER you to walk with the boldness that God has placed inside of you. If fear is holding you back from blessings and your destiny, now is the time to ask God for the strength to not back down because the unknown is scary. God has not given you a spirit of fear, so if you are afraid to step out on faith for fear of losing than you are not following God. He wants all of us to be bold in everything that we say and do because fear is not an option!
Take a moment to share how you have overcome your fears.
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P.S. Happy Birthday to the best daughter in the world, Kennedy Aaliyah Ray! You are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”