It was a dark night and a light fog hung in the air. I was in my house with the eerie feeling that I was being watched. As I peeked out my windows, I made the terrifying realization that I was surrounded by wolves. They were silently watching as if zeroing in on an unsuspecting prey. I was trapped in my home…
The above scene describes a dream I had recently. I normally try not to read too much into my dreams, but this one left me curious. The wolves were scary, but the feeling of being trapped was even scarier.
What did the wolves represent? Why was I afraid of them?
Wolves are fearless animals. They stalk with aggression and are not afraid to advance. Their unstoppable nature is enough to instill fear.
For many of us, fear is all too common. It disguises itself as doubt, insecurity, and anxiety. It can translate into withdrawing from people and situations that make us uncomfortable. Some of us are so used to living with fear, that the thought of living beyond fear seems like a false reality. Freedom seems out of grasp, so we stay paralyzed. Trapped.
Is it possible that what underlies our fears is the fearlessness that’s required to overcome them?
To be fearless requires us to be uncomfortable. To live in fear allows us to stay in our comfort zone. If we stay where we’re comfortable too long, we forget to move forward. When we don’t move forward, we don’t grow. We become trapped in our comfort zone.
Fearlessness isn’t the absence of fear, but the choice to move forward in the face of it. What would the fearless version of you look like?
To be fearless will require something of you. It will require you to be uncomfortable.
So, the question is, are you willing to be uncomfortable or would you rather stay comfortably stunted?
What is it about the fearless version of you that scares you? What would being fearless require of you? Would you have to act on that decision you’ve been needing to make? Would you need to reach out to that person God’s been putting on your heart? Would you finally have to let go of the pain and guilt from your past in order to move forward? Would you have to lay down your plans for God’s?
Does the fearless version of you intimidate you? It shouldn’t. You were never created for timidity.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity,
but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
If you walk in the Spirit of God, He has given you a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. Your job is to believe Him and to submit to His Spirit. If you walk in your flesh, it is much too easy to slip into fear and timidity. The burden of walking in flesh, alone, is much too heavy. The burden of walking in flesh that is submitted to the Holy Spirit is light.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Is it time for you to stop living fearful and, instead, start living fearless? There is freedom in moving forward with the power of Christ. With the power of Christ, we have the power to stop retreating and start advancing? What will you choose?
Reflect & Pray
Is there an area in your life where you’ve retreated too long? Is it time to submit to the nudging of the Holy Spirit and advance with the spirit of power God’s given you?
Confess any areas of fear or doubt you have and ask God to replace it with a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. Believe His promises. Trust in Him.
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