“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. I John 4:18 (KJV).
So many precious people suffer from fear every day of their lives. I, too, suffered for years without really even knowing it. I thought I was fine. I had the American dream, wonderful husband, great kids, etc. Yet, there were stupid, little things that kept holding me back from what I wanted to accomplish in my life.
I am one of the piano players at our church. We have a wonderful church that I am so blessed to be a part of. However, I wanted to improve my skills. My husband is a professional musician, a violinist. He doesn’t play the piano, but he is an amazing coach. With me, unfortunately, I did not take his criticism well. He believed in me, but I didn’t believe in myself. Every time he tried to help me, I either argued with him or clammed up. I immediately felt like a failure. That wasn’t what my husband wanted for me and it’s not what God wanted for me either.
One day, it hit us both, two things really. One was that I was really a negative person. I didn’t believe I could actually do it. I didn’t believe I could change. The second thing was, because of my personal belief, I didn’t really want to even try to change. I didn’t have the ‘want to’. I realized that I had actually allowed myself to be bound by fear and my subsequent actions (and reactions) were based on that basic belief. Well, God’s Word has a little something to say about that.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” (KJV).
I think one of Satan’s biggest tools against us is to get us to believe that we can’t do something and we simply don’t have a choice in the matter. That’s just ‘the way things are’. Well, I decided to believe all of God’s Word and take it for myself. I started believing I really could change, I really could improve. I could be a positive person and I could even get better on the piano. Know what? My playing changed overnight! My husband commented on my touch on the keyboard and how I was better able to communicate with my music. It was amazing. I could hear it too. Playing was actually easier. The interesting thing is, when I started believing in what God could do in my life, my whole life changed. Not only was the piano affected, but my whole world changed.
So, I started being a positive person and I believed I could change. Fear couldn’t hold onto me anymore. What a difference. However, that was only the beginning.
How has fear messed with your life? What have you done to conquer it? Be sure to tell me about it in the comments below.