Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 9, 2019

Fearing Self

“The unfolding of Your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130 (ESV)

Ever find yourself fearing the very words you’re about to speak? What if we’re saying the wrong thing? What if we say something totally off base? We’ve probably all spoke those words silently in our minds. No one wants to appear unwise or untrue. And the appearance of all those others circled up together to study God’s Word quickly extinguishes our voice. Why? We fear misunderstanding or sounding foolish in front of others who seem to always uncover the deepest insights.

Sounds ever so silly when we read those words but isn’t that how we often feel? Totally overwhelmed and nervous at the thought of possibly giving a wrong response. Convinced our contribution to the Bible Study group will evoke laughter or disapproval. Paralyzed with fear, we question the very truths God has revealed to us because of self-doubt.

Love this deep encouragement from Lysa TerKeurst: “God loves to take expectant hearts and fill them full of His words…verse by verse, day by day, season by season, year by year. Never stop pressing into His Word – He wants to speak to you.” God puts it this way: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26). Incredible truth – God wants to reveal Himself to us and the Holy Spirit helps us understand. A winning combination that dispels the riveting fear of self and zeros in on the One who desires for us to draw close.

Sweet friends let’s not cower in the face of intimidation. Let’s come to God with expectancy and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us. Let’s approach His words with wonder, excitement and awe. And for those moments when we are struggling to understand, let’s embrace the beauty of community. Gather close with friends and exchange fear for spiritual growth. Nothing is more beautiful than God’s girls locking arms in studying His word, asking deep questions and enjoying the blessing of growing together.

“Father, You lead us to truth and sometimes that means digging deep and trusting what You have shown us. Help us to release self-doubt and actively engage in learning more about You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life


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