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Overcoming fears to become part of Gods exciting plan

This might be rushed, we are on holiday and I am in the library in Grange over Sands. I pray you will be blessed somehow though!

I really felt encouraged by the first two lines of Isaiah 51:16 recently . .all of the chapter in fact. I guess I had been feeling fearful about what the Lord might ask/was asking me to do. Some times, I have been feeling excited too. It’s strange when you are contemplating leading services or preaching or whatever . .and you start looking at other people and thinking, wow! I could never do that . .it’s just the voice of fear of course. Maybe we hear a story of someone witnessing at work and we think, I could never do that! And so on . . so how do we overcome this fear?

Three ways to overcome fear;

1. God will give us the words to say
2. God will protect us while we are in action ‘doing the doing’
3.We are part of bringing about amazing transformation in people’s lives!

And I have put My words in your mouth;
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth,
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’ ” Isaiah 51:16

So these first two lines are very encouraging, firstly God, through His Holy Spirit will give the words to say and secondly, whilst you are speaking out those words, He will protect you! Or to widen it, God will give the where with all to do the thing he asking of you and also protection whilst you are doing it. And what is amazing is that we are called to be partners working with God to bring about His transforming plan . .

Just to develop why this verse can apply to us:In Matthew Henry’s commentary it says this refers to Isaiah the prophet, ie that God has put his words in his mouth and that He has covered him with the shadow of His hand, ie protection. It also says this looks forward to Christ. And we see how Jesus said only what His Father said and we see God’s divine protection, Jesus walking through the crowds when they intended throwing him off a cliff, for example. And I would suggest this applies to us because we are called to be imitators of Christ and deeper than that to be Jesus to people, so let’s have a look at these two aspects . .

The protection aspect first

‘I have covered you with the shadow of My hand’

Just like Jesus and Isaiah, we can expect that, whilst we are rightly orientated toward our Father, seeking to do what’s on His heart, he will protect us. The chapter talks about how great and awesome God is and this is the very same person that is protecting us and we should not be afraid of mere man, ie other people

Three practical suggestions if you are facing fears,
1. Ponder how big God is and how able he is to help you
2. A prayer to repeat to yourself, ‘Jesus perfect love for me casts out fear’ based on 1 John 4:18
3. Read Psalm 121 and replace the ‘you’ with me, ‘your’ with my, etc, to personalize it
.
12“I, even I, am He who comforts you.
Who are you that you should be afraid
Of a man who will die,
And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?

‘And I have put My Words in your mouth’
The Holy Spirit will come upon you as soon as you open your mouth and start to speak Luke 12:12 Or to widen it out, as soon as you step out to do that thing, the Lord will give you what you need to do it

Finally overcome your fear by thinking on just how exciting it is to partner with God! The verse below is not just talking about heaven, it starts now!

11So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness;
Sorrow and sighing shall flee away

The Lord bless you this week

Andy

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