“If I were your enemy, I’d magnify your fears, making them appear insurmountable, intimidating you with enough worries until avoiding them becomes your driving motivation. I would use anxiety to cripple you, to paralyze you, leaving you indecisive, clinging to safety and sameness, always on the defensive because of what might happen. When you hear the word faith, all I’d want you to hear is ‘unnecessary risk'”–Priscilla Shirer, Fervent (105).
In Priscilla Shirer’s latest book, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer, she outlines 10 strategies that Satan uses to keep us from walking in the freedom and anointing that God has called us to. Today I am giving you a little peek at “Strategy 6—Your Fears: Confronting Your Worries, Claiming Your Calling.”
In the above introduction, Shirer exposes the enemy’s tactics to keep us bound by fear and anxiety. His purpose is to hold us back from fulfilling our destiny in Christ. She shares a personal example of a friend who felt God calling her to step out into a new career and ministry, but her fears were holding her back.
Haven’t we all asked that question? What if it doesn’t work out? What if we can’t afford it? What if I get hurt? What if something goes wrong? What if others don’t approve?
What stood out most to me in that introduction was the phrase “clinging to safety and sameness.” I know for me, I find it scary to step outside of what I know. Life would be so much simpler if God would let me always stay where I am, doing what I’ve always done, clinging to the security of the structure I’ve created for myself–where I am in control and comfortable. But where is the faith in that?
Instead, I have to see the fear of stepping outside of that (for me or my children) as exactly what it is–a tactic of the enemy to keep me from my calling (or them from theirs).
Shirer shares, “…if he’s working that hard to keep me from moving forward, there must be some blessing or beauty from heaven he’s trying to divert me from” (109).
We need to take a stand against these tactics of the devil and start living in the faith and freedom that God has called us to. Priscilla Shirer gives us a great strategy for doing so. She encourages us with several passages from God’s Word and a call to prayer that is specific to our personal worries. We don’t have to live in fear. We can walk in truth.
How about you? What fears are you struggling with? Join the conversation in the comment section below.
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