3 Signs You Are Bound by Fear.

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2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Fear is a crippling evil that will stop you from reaching your full potential in life. Throughout the scriptures we are vehemently warned against the spirit of fear; however, abandoning fear is easier said than done, especially if you have been operating in it your entire life. There is a huge misconception in the church that once you are saved your life is automatically transformed and you become a new person. Your spirit is renewed but your mind is not; therefore, you’ve got to do some work to free yourself from the bondages that have been holding you back. Here are three signs that you are bound by fear.

You Refuse to Speak in Public: One of the most common fears is the fear of public speaking. There is nothing unique about it, we read about it in the book of Exodus when Moses was trying to convince God that he wasn’t the man for the job (Exodus 4:10). But if you have been called to preach the gospel, it is imperative that you overcome this fear.

You Avoid People: Social anxiety is another crippling fear that has a negative effect on your calling. Whether you are an accountant, lawyer or a checkout clerk, all Christians have been called to minister the Good News. When you suffer from social anxiety, you invest a lot of time and energy into avoiding people; which means not only are you hindering your own progress, you are also hindering the progress of those who have been assigned to you.

You Run From Your Problems: Whether you are in debt, you are having problems in your marriage, or you’ve had an argument with a friend, brushing your problems under the carpet is not going to solve them. Fear will have you running from the consequence of your actions, but the longer you leave it, the worse it gets.

Overcoming fear is not as simple as quoting scriptures and expecting a miracle. You will need to put the work in and actively confront your fears by walking them out.

Whatever you are afraid of, the more you expose yourself to it, the less power it will have over you. Click To Tweet

Whatever you are afraid of, the more you expose yourself to it, the less power it will have over you.

May God bless the hearers and the doers of His word.

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A survivor of the American injustice system, ulcerative colitis and a host of tragic life events. Her strength comes from Christ alone and she has found purpose in suffering. Abigail's life mission is to help others turn their pain into power.