Fear has NO place!

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1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light.

The bible is filled with women we can admire, but there is one in specific that stands out to me the most, her name is Mary (mother of Jesus). Since day one, Mary said YES to God and completely allowed Him to dictate her life. I imagine Mary had dreams of her own which didn’t include getting pregnant out of wedlock, undergoing ridicule, experiencing loneliness, enduring heartache and much less witnessing the death of her soon to be son. When the angel of the Lord came to Mary with the news that, through the Holy Spirit, she will conceive a child and He would be the Messiah, she experienced much fear. Although it was an honorable task for Mary to bore “The Savior”, fear was still very prevalent. However, she refused to allow fear to interrupt her God given assignment. Her character and her answer to the angel were very admirable, she said: “I am the Lord’s servant, let your words be fulfilled in my life”.

Despite everything that she was about to endure, the Lord called her “FAVORED”. Mary was an ordinary girl, but she was chosen, she was humble but very brave. Her tenacity, trust and perseverance was tested to the very core. All eternity was dependent on her response to God’s call. Every woman has a distinctive call upon their lives that only they can perform. I wonder how many women would say YES to the call of God on their lives and say NO to the fear that tries to hinder them from becoming everything that God destined them to be.  I wonder how many people would be positively affected if you would say YES to the assignment designed just for you to execute.

Occasionally we may fall into a slumber, waiting for someone else to take up the role, but God chose you because your uniqueness will make the difference. Although the task may seem difficult at times, you can rest assure that God is with you, He will equip you, empower you, strengthen you, protect you and guide you, all because of His love for you.  There is an army of women rising up to the plate and operating in their God given call, will you? I challenge you to pray and seek the Lord for bravery, boldness and courage to answer once and for all. Many people are depending on your YES. Just like Mary, you are also CHOSEN, CALLED, and FAVORED. There is much work to do for His kingdom. The bible says in Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Today I would like to encourage you to not waste your talents and your gifts, but to put them to good use all for God’s glory. He will back up your YES and He will prove Himself faithful in your life. For those of you reading this, I know God is tugging at your heart as we speak, reminding you the many times He called into service, but also reminding you the many times you have allowed fear instead of faith to govern your decision. There is no time to waste, your assignment is waiting for you. You are a world changer!

Prayer: Thank You God for this reminder, thank You for what You have predestined me to accomplish in Your name. I know that fear has held me back way too long, but I am making a bold declaration today, that I will trust You as I step out into Your call. I know that Your grace will carry me through every day of my life. I know that You walk before me everywhere I go and that Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path. What shall I fear my God? If You are with me, what can be against me? What shall I fear my God? Bigger is the one who lives in me than the one who lives in the world. I want to make You proud and I want to be obedient today. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

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