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Last week I spoke about dreams in Don’t be afraid of the dark and how there are certain things you might need or not need if you want to dream big and actually live that full life you want. Until it hit me that sometimes we can’t dream simply because we have fear in our hearts. When you think of fear, it is not something that anyone thinks that they choose. Ok so confession time, I am a little scared of the dark ( hand over face emoji ) Yes I am a grown woman scared of the dark, but its not really the dark I am afraid of. I am more scared of what I think could happen to me while it is dark. Isn’t that really why we fear? It is a deeper reason it is never just on the surface level. Sometimes we give our fear more credit than it deserves.

If we take my fear of the dark for example, if I think about it carefully, I am only scared because of what might happen if the lights are off so really I am scared of something that has not even happened yet, so I just decide to keep all the lights on in the house instead. In life we do the same. Some might say they are scared of people, big crowds, noise, spiders, birds etc……. but I can probably guarantee you that if you are scared of people, it probably isn’t the physical person you are afraid of but its rather their opinion or action towards you should you decide to do or say something. If you are afraid of big crowds it might not be the actual crowd that is scary but maybe its the fear that nobody will talk to you, the fear of rejection.

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You see I have this thought that maybe fear is just a lie we choose to believe, which actually means fear is a choice. That puts the power back in our hands because we can choose not to be afraid and FINALLY we can live FREE. Free of the fear of what people think free of the fear of what could happen if we try something and it doesn’t work out.

Just last week Hillsong United released their brand new album called Wonder, on that album is a song called NOT TODAY. It is hands down one of my favorites on the album, the lyrics to the song spoke to me so much and it just confirmed what it is that I am trying to say to you today.

Not Today

Words and Music by Joel Houston & Matt Crocker

VERSE 1

Trouble won’t throw me
Won’t break me
Won’t scare me
No more
Fear must have thought I was faithless
When it came for my heart

PRE-CHORUS 1
‘Cause I got a song that will never die
I know Your love is the reason why

CHORUS 1
I’ll sing the night into the morning
I’ll sing the fear into Your praise
I’ll sing my soul into Your presence
Whenever I say Your Name
Let the devil know not today

VERSE 2
Tell me did the enemy panic
As You took up that cross
Tell me did the darkness cry mercy
As You rolled back that rock

PRE-CHORUS 2
‘Cause I know Your life is the life in mine
I know Your love is the reason why

CHORUS 2
I’ll sing the night into the morning
I’ll sing the fear into Your praise
I’ll sing my soul into Your presence
Whenever I say Your Name
Let the devil know not today
Whenever I say Your Name Jesus
Let the devil know not today
Not now not ever again

BRIDGE
Your love stood down death
Crushed the devil’s head
Fear is just a liar
Running out of breath
The fight beneath Your feet
I’m standing on Jesus’ Name
So let the devil know not today
Let the devil know not today No no
Not now not ever again Jesus
Let the devil know not today

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When I grew up I never had a strong foundation in who I was, even though I grew up in a Christian home I would let others determine who I was. I would let people sway my thinking or make me believe that I was not going to amount too much in life. This thinking crippled me.

I was very shy and reserved, part of that could be because it is in my nature to be quite laid back and chilled as some say. I never allowed myself to dream or to think that anything great could come of my life because the enemy put a lie into my mind a long time ago that I would never be good enough no matter how hard I tried.

If there is one thing that you get from this piece of content is that THIS IS A LIE!!!! One of my favorite scriptures in the bible is Psalm 139 it says in verse 13 and 14

“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Anything that is bringing you down, does not make you feel better about yourself is not from God it is from the enemy and anything from the enemy, we do not have to believe. I encourage you to read this whole Psalm, it encouraged me and really opened up my eyes to how I see God and how he sees me.

When I allowed God into my life and let him show me who he was only then could I look into myself and realize that God had a plan for my life before I was even born. The devil thought he won but HE DID NOT. God had a BIGGER plan and never intended for the devil to win. He used my weakness to be the very thing that I Get to encourage you in today.

When ever you are fearful just tell the devil NO, NOT TODAY!

Photography: Jessica Combrink

XOXO

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