On January 22, 2016 I received an email from my Pastor, inviting the leaders to seek the Lord for “On Word” to focus on for the year. It could represent something we believe the Lord wants to do in us or something we want the Lord to do for us. The word that came to me was “Fearless.” I struggle with not allowing fear to keep me from living the life I believe the Lord planned for me to live. I prayed that the Lord would free me from the spirit of fear. I know that a sense of fear keeps us dependent upon the Lord but I wanted to get to the place where I could embrace fear, not run from it.
The scripture I used is Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
The Spiritual impact I expected was I would obey God’s leading quicker, inspite of being afraid. I still struggle.
The Physical impact I expected was that I would increase my physical activity for health benefit and not be afraid that it wouldn’t show. I didn’t.
The Emotional impact I expected was that I would become open and more approachable. I have not.
The Relational impact I expected was to create greater intimacy with the few relationships I currently have. I have not.
The Mental impact I expected was to learn how to denounce the lies and accusations my enemy hurls at me and stand on what is true. Still need to work on this.
The one thing I did learn in choosing “Fearless” as my “One Word” is that I can’t become this in my own strength. I need God’s help and the Holy Spirit’s power. I am more aware of fear’s operation and how Satan uses it to stifle God’s work in the earth. I will continue to submit to God’s work in me and His word, “Fear not. Be of good courage.” I am confident that Jesus will complete the work He has started in me.
Can I encourage you to spend some time with the Lord, during the next few days? He has plans for you. He knows what He wants to do in you and what you need Him to do to reflect Him. Let the Lord know that you want to cooperate with Him. It’s a lot easier that way. Listen for what the Holy Spirit is hearing from the Lord.
Then say, “Lord, I’m ready to submit to You and allow you to teach me how to not give in to fear but to trust You.”
I’m still listening for the Holy Spirit to give me 2017’s “One Word”.