Get Out of Your Own Way
Fear of the unknown hindered me from stepping out on faith for a very long time. I was fearful of putting myself out there to be judged and questioned by people. For months, the pessimistic and what if I failed thoughts, played like slow violins in my head. I was so afraid to step out of the shadows where I had become comfortable and complacent in blending in, working my 9-5, when that was never all God intended for my life.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” With that statement alone, you are able to clearly identify that fear is not of God, but the devil knows if he plants seeds of fear in your mind, it will distract you from your destiny and the promises of your Heavenly Father. You will become so consumed with the tricks of the enemy in your idol time, that the promises of God and the vision He has placed on the inside of you, will die. Leaving you to no longer be concerned with the dreams or goals you once pressed towards and fought to achieve.
But how do you counteract this fight with the devil? It’s simple, he has no power! The enemy cannot defeat you in a battle that you’ve already won. You’ve won because Jesus Christ won. You’ve won because over and over again, the Bible states that you are victorious. The person you must conquer is you; your thoughts, your inner turmoil, and your fears.
I’ve always heard the thought, it’s easier to think negative than it is positive. Unfortunately, while this statement may be partially true, accomplishing the task is not impossible. How do I know? Because I use to be that person, I would disguise my negative thinking in the words, “I’m just being realistic” or “I’m reminding you of the reality in the situation” not understanding how pessimistic my train of thought could truly be moments of adversity. I always found unique ways to make a half full glass be half empty instead. But the truth of the matter is, all of my “realistic” thinking were just different ways of me masking my fears.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) so eloquently states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” It was that verse alone that helped me completely shift my viewpoint on many situations in life. I forced a change in my perspective by repeating Jeremiah 29:11 in moments of adversity, confusion, and even misunderstandings amongst myself; keyword, myself! Again, the devil cannot defeat you when you’ve already won. So to better answer the previously mentioned question of, how do you counteract this fight with the devil, you speak the Word of God over your life. Actively and intentionally speaking the Word of God over your life cancels and supersedes all tricks of the enemy. Now, this does not mean what you fear or view in a “realistic” light will go away but it does mean that you must learn where and how to execute your power and your energy.
In case you are unaware, you do have power (Proverbs 18:21)! For each negative and fearful thought, work intentionally to shift your perspective and counteract what seems unfavorable with positivity and most importantly, the Word of God. Find your freedom, and you will find your destiny!
Kiara Potts is a native of small town, Tallassee, AL and is the Founder and CEO of Key Inspires, Writing and Resume Services. Described by family and friends as an “Instrument of Help” and a “Worldwide Beacon of Inspiration,” Kiara uses her current platform to inspire others to become confident in their pursuit of a professional career while offering motivational nuggets of encourage to fuel their personal ambitions. The vision for Key Inspires was truly birthed on accident through the creation of hashtag but this vision was of no surprise to God. For more information, you may find Kiara online at www.keyinspires.com or on social media @KeyInspires via Facebook and Instagram.