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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Learning How to Face Fears and Indecision

In review of Proverbs 3:5-6 it says, “Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the LORD in all you do, and he will give you success.”

Bottom Line:
Trust the Lord completely and never rely only on what you think you know, remember to seek his will in all you do and he will direct you.

What this means to me:
I am to trust the Lord completely and stay away from relying on my own understanding. I am to put him first in my life, especially in light of making decisions.. for when I do so he will direct me.

At the root of my indecision is fear. Fear that I’ll make a mistake, embarrass myself or fear that I won’t be able to finish what I’ve started. Even fear that I’m not good enough.

Another big fear of mine in making decisions is the fear of disapproval. Proverbs 29:25 says, “Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust in God means safety” (TLB). What this verse reminds me of is that the moment I start worrying about what other people think, it’s over, because the fear of disapproval is always worse than the actual disapproval.

There’s only one way to get rid of that fear: Face it, and move against it. I do the thing I fear the most! At some point I’ve got to stop aiming and actually pull the trigger.

It appears that the only antidote to fear is faith. I need to step out in faith. I’ve got to trust God and start moving.

What I’m learning is that courage is not the absence of fear; courage is actually moving ahead in spite of any fears. If I wasn’t afraid, I wouldn’t need courage. Courage comes because I’m scared to death, but I also believe it’s what God wants me to do, so I go ahead and do it anyway.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust the LORD with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the LORD in all you do, and he will give you success” (NCV).

This verse reminds me that God will support those who move in faith. So here’s the question I need to ask myself: Where do I need to trust God? I haven’t really trusted him until I’ve attempted something I can’t do on my own power.

Today I need to consider if there are any decisions that I need to prepare to make. I should seriously take these and reference it to his word, pray for his guidance and even get counsel, then step out in faith. My choices will ultimately determine my character and my destiny. So I’ll need to commit myself to the Lord, and then he will give me the wisdom and courage to make the decision that will bring me closer to who he made me to be.

In summary, I need to trust God and not myself. I am to put him first in everything I do. When I do he will guide me.