"Our Strangest Fear!"
Some fears catch us by surprise! We are not even aware that they are there. If you allow this one strange fear to control you, you will not see the potential that God has planned for your life.
About four or five years ago, I began to pray for people on Facebook chat. Before long, I was seeing many miracles, and consequently, I was receiving more attention than I had ever had before. The president of a Christian college and bishop over a large number of churches in India began using my teaching in all of his churches and classes. Even though I had been a pastor and speaker for many years, now people knew me from all over the world, literally. That's great, right?
Don't Fear God-Promotion!
Then this FEAR caught me by surprise! It was NOT the fear of failure. It was the fear of SUCCESS! As long as I was not successful, I could stay relatively HIDDEN. As long as I was hidden, I felt SAFE! Now, I felt vulnerable. Hiding would no longer be possible. I had other related fears. I felt a fear of becoming proud. I felt a fear of someone THINKING I was proud. I struggled over whether I wanted the misunderstandings that came from sharing testimonies of people being healed. (Photo via Star Business Solutions)
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven."
A light that is hidden out of fear of being conspicuous gives no benefit to anyone and brings no glory to the Father. What good is a light that is hidden from view? Of course, I am not talking about self-promotion. I am talking about GOD-promotion.
Could It Be That YOUR Desire to Stay Hidden Is Rooted In Fear?
A seed is an embryonic plant in a protective shell.In order for that seed to bring forth a harvest and reach the fullness of what God created it for, it must break out of that protective shell.If you want to reach your potential, YOU must break out of your protective shell that desires to always be hidden and safe. As the seed breaks out of that shell, it becomes vulnerable, but it also becomes FRUITFUL. (Photo via Pixabay)
What if you make a mistake? Who doesn't! What if people criticize your motives or your actions? Father God is applauding your obedience to Him. Is it not worth it?
I am now free from that fear. I'm out of that protective shell! It is a good thing because we are going to become more conspicuous in the days to come. For those that have been faithfully doing as the Father directs, the LIGHT within shining to a lost and dying world will burn brighter and brighter. We will not be able to hide it.
It's your turn! Get out of that shell! Arise and SHINE!
Sherry Evans is an evangelist and co-pastor who flows in the gifts of healing and miracles. She ministers in healing services, as well as teaches others how to see the sick healed. Sherry has a desire to see Believers, who have been set free themselves, go on to set others free. She ministers in such a way to build faith and to ignite churches and groups to bring in the harvest. Sherry lives in Ashtabula County, Ohio, along with her husband.