The sun shone down warming my shoulders as we road a ski lift up to the top of a fanciful water amusement park. At the top was a mountain plunging a near vertical 12 story drop! However, the water monstrosity didn't scare me nearly as much as the ski lift to the top.
I never have noticed a fear of heights in me, but that day, fear was there. All around me was beauty and a magnificent view as we scaled higher above the trees. However, the beauty all around me escaped my vision due to fear.
But, that is what fear does. Fear steals. Fear steals the beauty around us and causes us to focus inward instead of looking outward.
Fear of rejection causes us to focus on our own insecurities instead of the beauty of the people around us.
Fear of failure can cause us to cower instead of step out in adventure and risk. Fear of failure can also steal our destiny if left to overtake us.
Fear of abandonment can cause us to miss intimacy in relationships and open ourselves up to the beautiful friendships the Lord has placed in our lives.
Fear of the unexpected can paralyze us right out of God's perfect will.
Fear causes us to miss out on the blessings God has placed all around us.
And fear of heights can cause us to miss out on the amazing God-given views above our eye level.
Plain and simply fear steals. From views to value to valor to vulnerability, fear keeps us from freedom.
Instead of allowing fear to hold us in chains, we need to take fear captive.
I pray we would rise up with courage, cast down our fear and stand firm in God's love and care. Fear, we are onto you. We know how you come to steal. You are a thief and thieves belong behind bars.
"We demolish arguments and very pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ." 2 Cor 10:5
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us." 1 John 5:18-19
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1