My name is fear
I preached a sermon in church last Sunday to challenge God’s people to earnestly pursue their God-given dreams, regardless of their prevailing circumstances. At the inception of the message, I shared an inspiring story that you may also like to hear.
It was the story of a village where children were warned by their parents not to go near the top of the mountain because a monster lived there. Previous generations of children heeded this warning.
But as time went on, a particular group of young men came up and decided to track the monster. All but one of them eventually ran back to the village screaming in terror because of the monster’s roar and stench that they heard and smelt from afar.
The one that was left behind, however, summoned courage and kept climbing amidst the monster’s roar and stench. When he eventually got to the mountain top, he discovered that the gigantic monster, though still hideously ugly and stinking, had shrunk to the point that he could now actually pick it up and hold it in his palm.
He looked up at the monster and said, “Well then ,who are you?” In a tiny high-pitched voice, the monster squeaked, “My name is Fear.”
The story gives us an accurate description of the way fear works. Someone actually said that FEAR is the acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. It seems monstrous and horrible until you begin to confront it, and the more you confront it, the smaller it gets until it vanishes.
What once roared at you will only squeak and eventually become totally silent.
Courage is vital for success
Courage is a vital key for success. It is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Courage is the ability and the insistence to act rightly in the face of popular opposition. Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it’s the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Your life shrinks or expands in direct proportion to your level of courage.
Are there desires, ambitions, goals, dreams and visions that you’ve abandoned because you were afraid you would not be able to achieve them?
Your multinational company may exist only in your mind at the moment.
The book that you have been longing to write may just be thoughts in your mind, or at the most, scribbling on a rough sheet of paper.
Move beyond yourself!
Like Yolanda Adams sang, keep those long-cherished dreams alive! Don’t let them die!
Be courageous and don’t loose faith in yourself nor in God’s word. Those dreams will eventually speak out of you and speak for you!
Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day become; your ideal is the prophecy of what you will at last unveil. Your dream is God’s permission for you to do the impossible!
Be strong and courageous
To move into your dream, you need to be strong. You must be courageous!
“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.”
Whatever you need to do, begin it right away because boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
“About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly, there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once, all the prison doors flew open and everyone’s chain came loose.”
Paul and Silas dared to praise God even while in chains.
Your boldness and courage open doors for you and for others.
Your boldness and courage preserve the destinies of others and also guarantees deliverance for them.
God cannot perform anything in you except what He can do through you.
The more courage you develop, the more results you will see in your life.
You can develop courage by recognizing your fear and confronting the fear.
Honor your courage and take action.
Parachutes weren’t proved trustworthy by having people carry them around on their backs. The device shows its worth once someone jumps!
Every time you step out in faith, you excite and stir God!
Faith does not make sense, that’s why it makes miracles.
Boldness is your nature; it is an action you need to keep practicing.
You can also develop courage and boldness by association with courageous minds and with the word of God.
Make a resolve today to be courageous and never to lose your faith!