Discovering What is Holding Us Back

Last week, we discussed recognizing our fear.

I don’t know about you, but I have allowed my fears to hold me back and to keep me from living the best life the Lord has for me.

What is holding you back from reaching the other side?

This has effected my life in many ways, including my health and self-confidence.

I have had to dig deep to discover what is holding me back.  I took the list I made last week of my fears and I began to ask myself:

  1. How is this effecting my life?
  2. How has this taken a hold on me?
  3. Why am I allowing this to continue to have a hold on my life?
  4. How has this fear taken a hold on my life?

After all, why am I afraid when I should be trusting the Lord and giving my issue to Him.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   {Philippians 4:6-7}

I hope you will also take the list you made last week and ask yourself these same questions.  What is holding you back?

Recognizing Our Fear

For too long I have allowed fear to run my life and have a firm hold on my life.

Most of my fears are unfounded and unrealistic, but they are also very real.  I’ve allowed them to take hold of me and to hold on too fast, the way weeds overtake the garden.

Our fears are larger in our minds than reality 

One of the biggest steps I’ve made is recognizing the fear and that it is there.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  {1 John 4:18}

I made a list of the areas in which I was fearful and why I was fearful.

Do you know what I discovered?

  1. What I am afraid of has already happened. The past is using fear to hold on to me.
  2. This fear is preventing me from moving forward and accepting the best the Lord has for me.

How has fear overtaken your life?  Take a few minutes to make your own list.