Fear, boldness, and spiritual growth

The devil has created a cold and dark cave where he wants us to live. In this cave lie all sorts of creepy, crawly, slimy, and poisonous creatures, including fear. Fear is more immobilizing than any web, so much so that we may even be afraid to leave the cave.

Fortunately, there’s an incredible and beautiful world outside this dark cave that is filled with God’s warm light. All we need to do is be bold. We need to fight our discomfort, stand up when we’re frozen, fight through the wind of fear, and step into God’s light to find freedom from our imprisonment.

light in cave

Christ wants us to be as bold as he was.  “…’Get up.’ He said. “Don’t be afraid” (Mat 17:7). “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:14).

“God meets us in our discomfort” (Mike Keys), and it’s so true! To grow spiritually, we have to do things that are uncomfortable.  You’ll know what I’m talking about next time you feel it. Certain things are uncomfortable because on one side, your flesh wants to hinder your spiritual growth by causing you to live in fear. Flesh does not want God’s spirit inside us to expand, especially not onto others, and it will hinder you to take action over what your spirit puts on your heart to do. Take speaking up in a crowd for example. Your heart wants you to express something important, something that you’re excited for, but the devil wants you to live in bondage and to be frozen. He uses your flesh to tell you to be afraid with concerns of what others might think. But I urge you, break free!

Step into your faith, and break those chains of bondage that the devil uses to restrain your spiritual growth. Imagine that every time you do this, you are breaking out of that cold dark cave and into God’s love filled light.  Be glad that in every instance in which you do so, you will be growing in your spirit, exponentially. With every step you take out of your discomfort, you will get closer and closer to what God has in store for you.

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