Fear has a way of stealing our joy, crushing our dreams, and causing our heart to be discouraged.
If you know me, then you know I often struggle with fear.
It has stopped me many times from moving forward and enjoying life.
It’s been my prayer over the years, to live in victory and weaken the grip of the enemy concerning these anxieties.
I could feel freedom on the horizon, beckoning me to soar.
Although t’s been an incredible Summer, I am ready for things to slow down a bit.
We’ve spent the sunny season, venturing out on mini road trips, visiting places we have never been before.
While on these adventures, I have learned a little more about myself and the girl God is making me.
Last year I climbed a tall staircase, sat in a seat that harnessed me to a thick cable and before I knew it I was zip lining 1,200 feet above the Arkansas River.
I wanted to close my eyes, curl up into a ball and instantly rewind myself till my feet were back on the ground.
But Instead, I prayed for courage to let go and enjoy the ride.
I bravely stretched out my arms, kept my eyes open and screamed out across the chasm,
At 45 miles per hour, I released my fears with joy and surrendered my fright.
I understood that I was not in control, but God was.
Since that day, I have crisscrossed my way up the Great Sand Dunes, climbing seven hundred and fifty feet to the top; praying scriptures over myself with every step that felt impossible.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Victory greeted me as I reached the peak of shifting sand, and I knew through Christ, I could conquer anything.
Growing up in Hawaii, I loved camping, but the scariest thing possible was a centipede getting into the tent.
However, here in Colorado, there are black bears, mountain lions, bobcats and poisonous rattlesnakes.
Camping overnight in a tent was out of the question, until two weeks ago.
Sleeping under the stars was on my daughter’s wishlist for her birthday, ugh I sighed…
So once again I had to take my fears and surrender them to the Lord.
There we were, one tent, three women, and our God.
The stars were so brilliant against the dark sky, like scattered diamonds on a velvet cloth.
The winds blew fiercely through the night causing the tent to bow like a servant to its master.
The sound of every moving thing kept me praying through the night until at last, I fell into a peaceful rest.
We woke up just in time to see the last splash of the meteor shower, followed by the glorious sunrise.
The reality of the night was God’s sovereignty at hand.
There is no rest when fear insists on attacking my thoughts, and until I yield those figments under the authority of Christ, I am held captive.
2 Corinthians 10:5 encourages us to “take every thought captive and teach it to obey Christ.”
Fearful thoughts are the enemy, and we have the choice to bind them up and cast them out of our minds using the word of God.
My last escapade took me to the top of the Manitou Incline.
I can see the slope from my bedroom window. I dreamt of hiking it but was often confronted by my fears and negative emotions, reminding myself that I am no athlete.
But on Friday, August 19, at 6:13 A.M. I began to step onto the old railroad ties that once lead a train one mile straight up the mountain.
That morning my feet would take approximately 2,744 steps on that trail.
It averages a 68 percent incline at its highest peak, making it a 2,000-foot climb in elevation.
I took a deep breath and began to step, within 10 minutes I could feel my pulse pounding at every point. My breathing felt heavy, and fear came knocking.
Thoughts of not making it to the top and feeling defeated in the end loomed overhead.
Perhaps one wrong move and I could slip, crashing down the marked trail.
What if I experience a heart attack on my way up the mountain?
These were the unpleasant emotions stealing any thought I had of victory.
God’s word is truth and life, I have learned to use it as a tool to defeat the lies of the enemy.
Fear has no hold on me when I stand on the word of God and find my confidence in him and not myself or others.
Isaiah 41:13 Says, “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ ”
I want to encourage you, if you struggle with fear and its paralyzing grip, choose to guard your heart, think about things that are true, and trust that God is always with you.
I still have days when fear tries to push its way into my thoughts.
I push back by speaking the word of God over my mind and circumstances.
We must learn to walk in the light around our fears and anxieties.
Because of Jesus, we are set free.
Fear does not live here any longer.
Let this be the cry of your heart.
Praying for you today,
Resource: The Holy Bible,NIV, ESV, NLT.
Manitou Incline Trail Info-Colorado Springs.
The Great Sand dunes national Park and Preserve.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.