And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 ESV
Fear of failure has intimidated Christians from doing what God asks them to do next.
There are no lack of excuses for the “why” you chose not to follow through with the Jesus’ request. Afraid you might look silly; Afraid of what others may think of you; Afraid the person may not be healed; Afraid the action will be unsuccessful; Afraid you will not have enough money left if you give what He asks you to give; Afraid of rejection; these are some of the thoughts which arise when battling fear to follow God’s request in obedience.
I heard current missionary David Hogan in a conference talk about praying for Mexican indians to be raised from the dead. His team has prayed for thousands to come back to life and several hundred have. When asked if all come back to life when he prays, he replies, “No, but some do. How many are you praying for?”
Points to consider to face the fear of failure
- Know who you are. Jesus straight up told Peter his new name and his destiny. As a follower of Jesus there are many statements in the Bible about “who you are”.
- Stay in the boundaries. Jesus was tempted to do things outside of his calling. He said no, not because he was afraid. He knew the lane God had called for Him to fulfill. There is no lack of faith to stay within the boundaries of God’s word for righteous living.
- Respond to Jesus’ requests. Peter was asked to throw the nests on the other side of the boat to catch fish. He replied, “Lord we have worked all night and caught nothing, but because you asked we will do as you say.” They obeyed and caught more fish than they could have imagined. There success was directly related to the following of Jesus instruction.
- Learn to hear and obey each time Jesus invites you to step out in faith
- Honor the Holy Spirit.
- Miracles and boldness for the disciples came after fulfilling the instruction of Jesus to wait until they had received power and boldness from the Holy Spirit. Peter preached with that anointing and 3000 were saved. Peter and John gave through the anointing and a man arose and walked.
- Whatever it takes, make sure you are baptized in the Spirit and walking with continual infilling from Him of His presence and power.
Today, know that Jesus invites you to a world of adventure of living on the edge of your impossible into the life of His possible. “With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
On this Fear Not Friday, you may not feel successful in every step of faith you take. But leaning on God is always a safe wall to lean on. He never laughs at His children who are learning to walk in faith. May you grab His hand and follow wherever He may lead you.
Blessings Love y’all