The Dangers of our Fears

bECOMING PT.2

Dear Gems,

I am excited to bring to you part 2 in our “Becoming” blog series! This series is not only designed to help you in your own personal walk with the Lord, but will answer some of the questions you may have regarding your purpose and what you were created to do.

Continuing on from last week, I want to take another look at the Prophet Jeremiah’s life and show you how the way he came to recognize his own purpose can be guiding points for your own life.

A lot of times we look to people in the Bible almost like celebrities because we don’t see ourselves in the stories. We may think things like “these are mighty men and women of God who he commanded to build arks, called upon to slay literal giants, and gave the law to as actual tablets- how could I ever measure up?” Yes, you might think that, but I want to encourage you today that although your situation or questions may not line up word for word with the events and people you come across in God’s Word, principles, themes, and promises still apply to you! Let’s look again at Jeremiah 1:5 it reads:

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5). NLT

At the time that Jeremiah received a Word from God, he was still a young boy and had not fully recognized his purpose. God had to speak to him directly and tell him that before he was even conceived in his mother’s womb he was 1) set apart by God to be different and 2) called to be a prophet (God’s mouthpiece) to the nations.

This pretty much freaked Jeremiah out because, in the next verse, he responds with: “O Sovereign Lord,…..“I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” (Jeremiah 1:6). NLT

Oh, how this situation sounds so much like you and me! It seems like the moment God or someone else points out our gifts and talents, affirming the very things God has called us to do, we second guess ourselves or even discredit our abilities because of our insecurities, fears, or uncertainties.  But where does this fear come from? I believe a lot of the fears we face come from a few places. When we focus on our own inabilities we tend to doubt our abilities even when God tells us He will be the one guiding us along the way. This focus on self  essentially is us saying that God cannot come through on His word (which we all know is not true!)

The fears we face, regardless of where they come from are common to man, but as children of God, we must understand that it is the God in us that empowers you and me to conquer things that seem unobtainable. I’m so glad that God already knew we would need a little nudge of reassurance as he says to Jeremiah:

Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken! Jeremiah 1:7-8 NLT

Why did God have to tell Jeremiah not to fear? He knew Jeremiah would question or even be apprehensive when he received the word that he was called to be a prophet to the nations. In the same way we get apprehenisve at times when we are called to step into a leadership position, relocate, spear-head a project at work or school, give a presentation, take over a new responsibility, or simply try something we’ve never done before but have been asked to do. That fear is not of God for he says in his word:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

As you reflect on this, I have a question for you: Is there something in your life you believe you are called to do but have allowed fear to get in the way? Have you acknowledged the gifts, talents, and calling on your life but are still apprehensive because of what others might think of you? Is the thought of being ill-prepared or not “good enough” getting in the way of you becoming all God has called you to be?

If that’s you, I want to encourage you that like Jeremiah – the moment God thought of you, the assignment for your life was already established and declared, meaning nothing or anyone can stop you from walking in greatness because it is attached to your life. God has promised that he will be with you, that he will put the words in your mouth that need to be said at the appointed time (Jeremiah 1:10). All you have to do is

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.(Proverbs 3:5-6). NLT

As always, remember, you are:

Chosen. Worthy. Empowered. Loved.

and most importantly, a beautifully made, Royal Gem 4 Christ.

– Ja’La


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  1. […] Last week we dealt with identifying and confronting our fears. We talked about how our fears can be stumbling blocks on the road to our destiny and how fear is not of the Lord. This week we will continue in the book of Jeremiah, focusing on stepping out on faith. Is there something God has put on your heart but you still struggle with taking the first step? […]

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