If you could say anything to fear, what would it be?
How about a simple, loud “NO!”
You actually can say anything you choose to fear, because fear only exists in your mind.
The Message translation of James 4 reads:
So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. (emphasis mine)
Say a loud “NO!” to fear and watch it run away like the little punk that it is. Say “YES!” to God and quit dabbling in fear.
All or Nothing
You cannot take a little fear here, but leave it out there. It’s not something you sprinkle in the recipe of life.
Either you completely annihilate fear or it annihilates you.
You must choose to annihilate it every day. You have to do it every day. Because it will come at you every single day.
Picture fear, doubts, negative comments about you, laughter towards you, the critical words of naysayers…picture them being annihilated. Trampled upon and left in your dust. Every single day.
Jon Acuff says to “punch fear in the face.” I am suggesting that you do much more, making a sport out of beating the crap out of it and leaving it behind to die.
Fear and opposition are always one of two things:
- Genuine warnings and good advice.
When you feel like it’s #2, remind yourself of some important truths:
You have never been criticized about your dreams by someone who achieved theirs.
You have never been criticized about your parenting from someone who is a great parent…or even a good one.
You have never been criticized about your finances by a wealthy person.
You have never faced opposition about your work ethic, job choice, or skills by someone you look up to.
Unsolicited and unhelpful criticism always comes from those below you, including Satan himself.
Assignment: Write a note to fear and share it below.