What is most effective thing at stopping someone?
It makes you sleepless and hurried and doubting and fretting.
It makes you freeze like a statue of uncertainty in the face of family issues.
It makes you lash out at those you love because of how they’re treating you.
It makes you avoid truth, because you can’t handle facing it.
It makes you not want to leave your house, breaking at the thought of happenstance situations.
It makes you turn from the face of God towards the face of your man-made solutions.
It makes you run ineffective circles to try to calm and fix yourself.
It makes you quiet when you know you should be speaking out.
It makes you grab on to those you love in unhealthy ways.
It makes you a worrier, an anxiety ball and a mangled line of hooks that hurt.
It makes you a spectator and not an promoter of Christ Jesus.
It makes you forget God and remember self.
It makes you takes your “this little light of mine” – and hide it under a bushel.
Have you ever considered?
Perhaps fear is the exact place the enemy wants you to be.
For then, you won’t see God. You will miss him only to see the shape of dark clouds taking form over your head. You’ll see them move, like a harbinger of all you don’t want to happen, they’ll consume your eyes with the possibilities and then divert them from the one moving them all along. Suddenly, you become so fixated on colors of dark and shadows of gray, you become certain you are alone, unprepared and ready to be drenched.
Yet, all this while, what you did not realize, is that the Lord, with his clouds and his movement, was creating a dramatic masterpiece in this sky. Perhaps, he was just showing his ownership of everything below it. Perhaps, he was showing his ability to water the world, not to ruin it. To create new seeds, not to demolish them.
What will we see? How will we see it?
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Lu. 1:30
Truth is – you can’t follow fear – and the Lord – with the same fervency.
You can’t be a shiner and a hider.
A complainer and a worshiper.
A victor and a cowerer.
A force and a fort of self-protection.
You will either be thrilled by God
or thrilled into shock of all that surrounds you.
You will either walk on water, keeping your eyes steadfast,
or you will sink fast into the waters around you.
You will either walk by faith, and not by sight
or your sight will become marred, mangled and, ultimately, blind.
You will either be determined, diligent and dedicated to the race or you will fall on the sidelines.
Small choices make all the difference.
Think Judas. This disciple took his own life.
Think David. He fell right into adultery.
Think of Lot’s wife. She looked back towards sin, and became a pillar of salt.
Fear makes a whole lot of people do a whole lot of things they never wish they did –
but still, they did.
We have a decision to make.
Will we move nowhere in fear, or will we move somewhere – even towards the face of God – in spite of it?
Is this too intense for you? Maybe this is the point, intense is what we need. Intense is what we crave. Intense is what we have to be to fight back intense.
Intense times call for intense measures.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Rev. 3:15-16
Never let your mind forget: God is not a fan “I fall somewhere in the middle.”
He is a fan of small movement towards something different, of small beginnings, of pivots…and he is a tremendous fan of you …
A big fan.
A huge fan.
A fan that he wants watching his game.
The game of encouragement, hope and life.
The game that will rise you out of your seat and make you chant his name.
That is the game that counts – the one to watch.
The one where its fans get a little roudy – on his behalf.
The one that never ends.
The one that looks bad, but ends well.
If you watch this star, you are sure going to win.
You are sure going to make strides.
You are sure going to do his will.
You are sure going to find hope.
You are sure going to be sure.
You are sure to be equipped.
You are sure to be carried through.
You are sure to get all you need.
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?
We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Mt. 2:2
The star in the East.
It hits us.
Dropping us first to our knees.
In submission to the magnitude
of the force that is forcing nature to move.
Then it raises us up in worship,
it beckons us to look high,
to notice what is high,
to take notice of our lows,
and to thank God for this glow.
Our hearts are compelled to worship,
and worship him we do,
then our feet move to follow.
They follow to the place,
a place we don’t know,
but he does,
and that is all that matters,
for he is there,
the beating love of Jesus.
And he waits for our will to want him,
for then we can
breathe it in
and consume every part of goodness.
We can inhale love
and exhale grace.
And when we do,
nothing is ever the same again.
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What a powerful word this morning, Kelly! A needed reminder that we can’t follow fear and the Lord with the same fervency…and that fear is often where the enemy wants us. Thank you for this! Blessings to you, my friend!
Thank you Angela. Much love to you, sweet and dear friend.
Fear is indeed where the enemy wants us! Great ways of illustrating how powerful the distinction between fear and following God’s ways Kelly. Hugs. Susan
It is. He is a sneaky one! But, God is greater!
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Thank you so very much.
Amen! God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and sound mind. He gives us the power to look up and see His star rising! Love your star poem this morning, friend!
YEs! He is taking care of us!
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Being fearful IS where the enemy wants to keep us! Greater us HE that is in me than he that is in the world. Great word this morning, Kelly. ♥
Yes, he is so great in us. I want to focus on that Nannette.
What a blessing to know that God wants us in the game and He is going to be cheering the loudest when we join. That is a thought I can wrap my brain around and one that speaks volumes to me. Fear is a consumer but God is an overcomer. I want to throw myself in with the one that overcomes with love and kindness.
Great words to begin my morning!
YEs! Let’s throw ourselves in Mary. Love that.
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I love how you contrasted fear with awe — very thought provoking. Have you read Paul Tripp’s book called Awe? He has diagnosed many of our spiritual problems as awe-deficiencies or misplacements of our awe, for God is the only worthy object of our awe.
Blessings, Kelly! (And thanks for following on Twitter the other day! Very encouraging!)
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Beautifully said, Kelly. So thankful that it’s His masterpiece and not mine…for, surely I’d follow fear right into its lair. His love wants more for us than that, Praise God. 🙂 ~ Thanks for sharing. ((Merry Christmas))
Thank you Brenda. Let’s stay close to him!
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Beautiful post, Kelly! We definitely can’t be strong in our faith, when fear has ahold of us. Thanks for hosting! Hope you have a wonderful week 🙂
Thank you Kelly. He does; he has us!
Your writing is always so full of beauty and grace Kelly 🙂 It’s so true – we cannot fear and follow at the same time. They contradict each other and fear throws us into turmoil. We are facing an unknown at the moment and we begin every day by submitting to the Lord’s direction and timing. It’s so difficult not to get sucked into the fear the ticking clock tries to fill us with but that’s where faith takes over and intercedes on our behalf! Love you friend!
Thank you Sarah. May we find the Lord and the fullness of his love so faith takes over, as you say!
“Nothing is ever the same again.” No, never. What a beautiful piece of poetry, Kelly. I got chills as I read it. And my heart felt the “beating love” of our Jesus. Thank you for that word picture too. “beating love”…He love me…us. Amen.
Praise God for the beating love of our Savior.
Yes: “Truth is – you can’t follow fear – and the Lord – with the same fervency.” Thank you for sharing your gift of faith and writing with us 🙂
Love hearing from you Dolly!
Gosh your list of fears is so convicting and so true! Such a powerful post to shift our focus from fear to the blazing light and goodness of God where all things are well and filled with His love and kindness..for He will never leave or forsake us!
May we keep our eyes on Jesus, look full in his glorious face, so the things of earth grow dim!
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Such a powerfully convicting post. This especially: “You will either be thrilled by God
or thrilled into shock of all that surrounds you.” It’s something I’ve been reflecting on in response to the call to live “wide-eyed in wonder and belief” (Luke 11: 34). I really don’t. I let myself be pulled into everything but wonder all too often: and yet all around me, in me and before me God is placing His wonder to open my eyes to. Thank you for this powerful reminder.
May we keep our eyes on him – and keep walking. Thank you Anna.
Hi Kelly :-)My favorite line – “Will we move nowhere in fear, or will we move somewhere – even towards the face of God – in spite of it?” I’ve often stopped moving in the direction God was sending me because of fear. Mostly fear of failure or fear of disapproval. I’m happy to say that fear doesn’t have the same power over me anymore. I also know, though, that I will probably find the next level or layer that I will need to work through. It’s like an onion – peel one layer away and there always seems to be another 😉
Blessings and smiles,
Praise God. I am so glad that the Lord has worked back that onion Lori!
Oh how I need to believe this. I am a 1st year emergency room nurse. Its what, I thought, I was called to do, but the overwhelming fear and anxiety I feel before and during my shifts are debilitating. Never have I felt such intense fear. I want to, so much, believe that the Lord has placed me here, is with me and watches over me. I constantly pray to Him to bring me peace, enjoyment and fearless exhilaration in my new profession, but I feel defeated, not knowing what else to do but continue with this misery. I feel physically ill. I ask that you help by praying for me during the most difficult time of my 47 years. I don’t want to be consumed any more. I want to live vigorously, enthusiastically and to be a blessing to all those I encounter, in God’s name.
Praying for you right now. I am so sorry it is hard. Keep pressing on and in. You will not be abandoned.
Oh Friend, this is tremendous. Love the examples of small choices that brought big problems. Good point! The words are flowing out of you.
Thank you Ginger. Much love to you dear friend.
Indeed, friend, “Truth is – you can’t follow fear – and the Lord – with the same fervency.”
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