Fear Cannot Stop You

You know what’s crazy? Running straight into pain, knowing very well that it may not stop. Yet, the very hope and desire that maybe one day someone/something may change keeps you going.

One of the biggest reasons why many of us don’t live a faith that some may call “wild” is because the pain that we foresee stops us from being different. This world is riddled with the “easy button,” how can I make money fast, love fast, and get skinny fast without making room for learning how to endure pain. Living a life of faith that requires us to endure the pain of sorrow and rejection is not very attractive.

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the most victorious people are those who decide that the pain of rejection and fear is not enough to stop them from moving towards their destiny.

- Valerie Sigamani

But the most victorious people (in heavenly standards) are those who decide that the pain of rejection and fear is not enough to stop them from moving towards their destiny.

We have all walked away from situations that have been causing us pain. Whether it was a friendship, a relationship, a job, or a scholastic experience. But there are some situations that we have been called to run straight into, but instead, we cower in fear and decide to run away from the situation. We laugh at Jonah (Jonah 1: 1-3) because he chose to run away from God’s call to preach to the city of Nineveh, but would you really just drop everything to preach to a nation that is known for their brutal killings? Would you go and talk to someone that you’ve always hated? Would you do it if you know they would laugh at you for trying?

It’s way easier to say, “God, I can serve you right here. where I am standing. WHY do I have to step into a painful situation when I can show you right here how faithful I am in the comfort of my love bubble?”

“God, I can serve you right here. where I am standing. WHY do I have to step into a painful situation when I can show you right here how faithful I am in the comfort of my love bubble?”

POP. That love bubble will eventually become a fierce bubble of self-preservation turned selfishness. There are situations in our lives that cannot remain the way they are, they need the love, bravery, and healing that God desires to give to us. It’s easy to say “FORGET IT” when things get hard. Maybe you’re trying to decide what to do right now in a situation in your life.

This Easter Jesus taught me something different than I normally focus on. Jesus also had to make a decision to walk into pain and rejection or flee from it. He feels that same pain that you have felt or may be feeling right now.

Jesus was well aware of the pain that sin had caused the earth and the pain people were causing one another. When faced with dying for the human race Jesus even asked for a rain check. He didn’t want to do it! He feared the pain of death, the pain of rejection from God, and the pain of rejection from us. He cried and pleaded for a different way, He could barely bear the pain that He was already feeling. Yet, in spite of the pain and rejection that plagued Him so deeply, he decided to love anyway. . . He turned to the Father and said the words that the Devil fears we might say too: “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” {Mark 14:35}

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We can be free from the crippling power of pain, but we cannot be free from the pain itself.

- Valerie Sigamani

Jesus decided that His own will was too weak to make a decision based on love. So He leaned on the Father to change his mind and heart. To help Him to walk into the situation He so badly wanted to run away from. And at that moment, Jesus rose from His knees with the power to endure the pain of love. The Father did not take the pain away that He was feeling but gave Jesus the strength to bear it a little longer. In order to loose the power of sin on Earth, He needed to not run away from the will of the Father, but walk straight into it, no matter how painful it may be.

This fear that traps us from loving well, from moving wildly, from living life every day is the very thing that we can rise up from. We can be free from the crippling power of pain, but we cannot be free from the pain itself. The expression of fear is not the problem, even Jesus did it! You would not be human if you didn’t fear the jump, but that fear doesn’t have to stop you from doing what you have been called to do.

Maybe for you, it’s going as a missionary to a foreign country or maybe it's befriending a group of people within your area that you normally would not hang out with. Maybe it’s applying for a job you are scared you may get rejected by or talking to your boss about some things that have been on your heart. Maybe it’s fighting for change in your community to create a more just and safe society.

Every day we are faced with the choices to press into the pain or run from it. And the choice to press into pain is what makes us wild faith women. Because the hope of reconciliation, change, and love gives us much more motivation to make a difference than to walk away in fear of rocking the boat.

A wild faith woman isn’t crippled by the fear of pain but emboldened by the power of love.

RISE UP! THE FEAR CANNOT STOP YOU