The Women’s Ministry at my church is going through Crash the Chatterbox, by Steven Furtick, at our small group Bible study. If you’re not familiar with the book, check out my review; but in short, it’s amazing and I highly recommend it!
The book is divided into the four main areas of lies and deception we find ourselves facing: insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement. If you’re like me, more than one of those rang a bell with you and you’re already feeling slightly uncomfortable. But here’s the best part: after confronting the lies we can overcome them and replace them with the truth found in God’s Word.
One thing I love about our women’s Bible study (if you’re ever in the area please come check it out!) is that it is small group based so we get to discuss our reading and insights with each other. I love it so much that I am bringing the discussion to you on my blog!
This is Part 2 (read Part 1) of my series of thoughts as I dive into the book and share it with you:
Steven Furtick compares fear to a big bully who wants to steal our peace, joy, and calling like would our lunch money at school (great analogy huh!) and we must be willing to confront this bully with the truth of God’s Word and who He is in our lives.
JUST AS FEAR STANDS AS A BIG BULLY, GOD TOWERS MIGHTILY OVER IT TO PUT FEAR IN ITS PLACE.
Some of my fears, like yours, are completely irrational and silly (don’t act like you don’t have any of those). I have feared everything from wondering if I grossed someone out because I talked to her with bad coffee breath to hoping my kids would return home safely from their field trip to the police station half a mile away. I’m telling you, my fearful imagination will go at it sometimes. Overall, however, I’d say the greatest area of fear I’ve had to overcome is the fear of being transparent about my past.
I’ve always been fearful of sharing parts of my story (both what others have done to me as much as what I’ve done) because it seems too ugly to take in. I was always afraid to share my past because I was never fully healed of it. I knew the wounds were bursting at the stitches and I thought picking at it would cause them to break wide open at any moment; better to just leave it covered with a Band-Aid my whole life and never disturb the pseudo-healed gaping hole that was slowly infecting other areas of my life. Ok, enough with the graphic imagery, but you get the idea.
WHAT I DIDN'T REALIZE WAS THAT BY NOT BEING OPEN TO LET GOD USE MY PAST FOR HIS GLORY, I WAS DISHONORING THE TESTIMONY HE WANTED TO GIVE ME. I WAS PLACING MY PAST ABOVE HIS GRACE.
It was only when I realized that the roots of my past belonged to the same tree as the fruit of my future that I came to stand firmly and securely on who I am in Christ. I learned to be unashamed and unafraid to share who I once was. I have learned to overcome the fear of who I was with the truth of who God is in my life. Yes, I have messed up pretty big (many, many times), BUT GOD has forgiven me. Yes, I am inadequate in so many ways to fulfill my calling, BUT GOD has equipped me. Yes, I will still battle the temptation to bow down to fear, BUT GOD has empowered me to overcome; and overcome I will, by the power of His Spirit in me!
"SOMETIMES THE DANGER OF MISSING OUT IS GREATER THAN THE RISK THAT COMES WITH STEPPING OUT."
-STEVEN FURTICK, CRASH THE CHATTERBOX
What a downright dangerous thing it is for us to miss out on our calling and usefulness to God because we are paralyzed in fear (preaching to myself here). Sure, it can feel risky for me to share unpleasant parts of my life, but if it can be used to minister, encourage, or give another woman hope then it is all worth it! When I have the faith to choose God’s voice over fear’s voice, there is real adventure ahead; the kind of adventure that only comes when I step out onto unknown territory and find that I am walking on the water with Jesus. I’d rather face my fears, no matter how big they are, than risk missing what God has for me!
How do you overcome feelings of fear?