17 Feb Don’t Let Fear Rule You
We had an incredible time at Wintertreat! I wanted to share will you Allison’s testimony that she shared. It is powerful picture of chasing after the calling of the Lord, dealing with fear, and letting the Holy Spirit have the final say. I love you all and I stoked to see what the Lord unlocks in your heart after reading this. Enjoy!
“So do not fear for I am with you, I will help you yes, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This verse has taught me how to not be afraid, and how to trust God in any situation even though that can be extremely difficult. For example I remember the last time I came up here and spoke in front of everyone… I was terrified but today and over the past few months, public speaking has become a lot easier. I used to get scared at the thought of having to speak in front of people but now that doesn’t even bother me. I am able to come up here and talk in front of you because I know this is something I can do. He has also shown me over the past year that I am capable of being a leader.
Since I’ve started at CEC, I have met a few people that I have been able to help throughout the school year. I’ve realized that God has brought kids to me from school that are younger than me. I have been able to help these kids in many different ways. I have pushed them out of their comfort zones and because of this, they are becoming more confident in what they can do. I can relate really well to these kids because of what I’ve been through which helps me to be able to help them to the best of my ability.
Something else that God is showing me is that even though I didn’t talk for more than seven years, he is helping me to use my voice more than I thought I ever would which can be scary. I’ve always thought it would be awesome to be a worship leader, but I didn’t think it was possible for someone like me because I didn’t talk and I don’t know if I’m a good singer or not but it’s something that has been on my heart recently and I didn’t really know why. God is showing me that it is possible for me to be a worship leader even though this is beyond terrifying I’m going to start taking small steps towards that to see if it’s what God wants me to do. It will be hard, but I know that God will be with me every step of the way.
For those of you that are going through a hard time right now, I want to tell you something that I heard at my church not too long ago. The reason Satan attacks us is because he knows what we are capable of. He is scared of what we will be capable of so he tries to bring us down before it’s too late. Isn’t that crazy? The enemy has more confidence in us than we have in ourselves and what we are capable of. So here’s the point I want to get to. If you are going through a hard time and you are scared or you just don’t know what to do, remember this verse and know that you are never alone. Remember that you are stronger than you think you are. When the enemy tries to pull you down, stand up and fight don’t let him bring you down. No matter what never give up and never stop fighting.
So what are you going to do? Let the enemy bring you down or stand up and tell him you were right about me, I am capable, I am strong, and I am brave. I will never give up and I will always keep fighting and you, Satan, you will never beat me. If you guys ever need someone to talk to or need some advice as you go through the journey God has planned for you, I would be happy to help in any way I can and I know all the other leaders here would also love to so never hesitate to come up to one of us if you need something because we’re here for you no matter what.