-- Fear that we won’t measure up.
-- Fear that others will know we haven’t cooked enough meals, had enough quiet time, cleaned the house enough, or gone to gym enough.
-- Fear that we will let our friends, husband, kids or family down.
-- Fear that we will be judged.
-- Fear that we will never be enough.
This is fear pressure, and quite honestly -- it’s harder to overcome than peer pressure. Peer pressure is coming at us from the outside -- but fear pressure comes from within. It’s the flesh in us talking back to what we know is true. It’s the enemy whispering lies that take root in our thoughts and cause us to doubt. Fear pressure can only be rooted out through the power of the Holy Spirit!
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
So what can we learn from Eve? We learn what not to do. We learn our vulnerabilities. We learn that in order to fight this pressure -- we must go back to the source.
-- What did God REALLY say?
-- What does God call me to as a wife?
-- What does God ask of me as a mother?
-- What does God tell me to do as a believer?
-- What part of my beliefs are rooted in culture and not in Christ?
John 10:10 tells us that His Words bring abundant life. The enemy’s words steal, kill and destroy. This is the reason we must cling to God's Word to combat the lies of the enemy.
Psalm 119 tells us that His Words are lovely, reviving to the soul, and encouraging. The enemy’s words lead us to death (Proverbs 14:12). In order to stand firm against the enemy's attacks and the internal pressure we face, we must cling to the lovely Words of God.
When we start to feel the fear-pressure building from within, we must take hold of the lies we’re believing and replace it with the truth of God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). We do battle in this way. We don't let those thoughts run off unattended to, we grab them and replace them as quickly as possible.
When we don't know what to do and we feel utterly overwhelmed in defeat,
-- We turn to God for clarity, wisdom and guidance (James 1:5-6).
-- We use the accountability around us for backup (John 14:26, Galatians 6:1-5).
-- We lean not on our own understanding but on God (Proverbs 3:5-6).
-- We turn to Him because He is our defense (Isaiah 58:11)!
Because you know what casts out fear? Love (1 John 4:18). God loves you, He sees you, and He has not given you a heavy burden like the world has given you (Matthew 11:28-30). He calls you to abundant, free life in Him (John 10:10, Galatians 5:1).
This is the call of the believer. This is the freedom of following Christ. We focus our hearts on Him and let the other things fade away. This is our call to be a disciple of God! Let His love push out the fear pressures you carry and rest instead of His perfect love, friend. Christ is enough and because His Spirit dwells in you, you are enough in Christ!
Walking Freely in Christ,