The Power Of Fear And The Plan Of God

Did you know that God desires to reveal His will to you much more than you want to find it? He created you for a specific purpose and desires to lead you into that place.

Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
Psalms 78:41

God has a plan for our lives. He will not sovereignly force us to walk in it. We have a choice and we can limit Him from being able to reveal His plan for us.

God doesn’t sovereignly control our lives. He has a plan but we have the control over whether or not it comes to pass in our lives. We must choose to cooperate with Him.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Ephesians 3:20

Paul tells us that God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think”. I have heard this verse quoted many times but it seems people always forget the last part, “according to the power that worketh in us”. This links God’s movement in and through us to the power of faith that is working inside of us.

In this post we are going to begin looking at how fear hinders us from walking in the plan of God. There seems to be a natural resistance to the unknown embedded in each one of us.

The majority of us know that there is more to the Christian life than what we are experiencing. We pray for change but most of us are afraid to do anything different than what we have been doing.

If you know that you are not living the abundant life that God has called you to do then something will have to change. We must be willing to do something different or we will continue to live the same limited lives that we have been living.

Comfort is one of our greatest enemies. We get comfortable and stop pressing into the Word and spending time with God. It is easy to coast through life and this seems what the majority of Christians are doing.

Many are not content with their Christian life. They are not happy with their lives but are unwilling to make any changes. People are resistant to change but if we want to live the unlimited life God has called us to, we are going to have to deal with fear.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Mark 14:25-30

Peter told Jesus, “If it is you then bid me to come to you.”

I can just picture the other disciples telling he was crazy. We all know it is impossible to walk on water so what was he thinking? In a sense this story seems to paint a picture of where the Church is at today. God operates in the supernatural. He is walking on top of the things that are bothering us. The water was beating against the boat but Jesus was walking on it. It does not matter how bad things get, if we put our eyes on the Lord He will enable us to get out of the boat and walk on top of our problems.

Many people limit God with their little thoughts because they think He is limited to this world’s system. Fear causes us to withdraw and play it safely. Jesus was not bothered by the storm. We often are like Peter when facing the storms of life because we allow ourselves to be distracted causing us to “begin to sink” just like he did when he took his eyes off of Jesus.

We have been in the midst of a global pandemic, economic shutdown, and civil unrest. This is not the time to stay in the boat! Fear will paralyze us and cause us to stay in the boat with the other disciples. Faith is the enabler that gave Peter the courage to step out onto the water.

Fear will limit what God can do in our lives if we allow it to. Christians talk about wanting more but are paralyzed by fear. God has so much more for our lives but we must be willing to get out of the boat with Peter!

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