From Fear to Fierce

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Transformation begins with focus. The old hymn is true; “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” I put it into practice and found out… it works.

The executive leaders filled the room and took their traditional seats. “Good morning everyone, thank you for your time today. There is no need for introductions. Please begin.”

All eyes fell on me. Many were unfamiliar. An introduction would have been nice. My heart was racing. My breath was short. I was headed straight for a blackout and needed a transformation from fear to anything.

With eyes appearing to be engaged in the room, I stared deeply into the face of Jesus.

Try it now.

I didn’t rush to remember the words of a powerful verse or tell him about my fear. I simply focused on Him. It’s unnatural to meet a king and offer nothing. But this King’s work is finished and seeks only the offering of your full attention. Can you do it? Can you abandon every “real world” pressure and sacrifice your control for a moment of time?

With a new focus on Him, my heart rate slowed and He kindly reminded me to breathe. A transformation took place in my body. He filled me with joy and peace, leaving no room for fear. The light of the throne room of heaven chased out the darkness.

As believers we are “marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Eph 1:13). This means God is with us always and we have been empowered to choose to let Him take control. I am like a jet that comes equipped with pressurization for high altitudes. In my free will I switch from manual to autopilot. The Spirit of God floods my life and changes the atmosphere around me “enabling my feet to go on the heights” (Hab 3:19).

This is how God designed us to live; “overflowing with hope” to everyone around us. If we remain in our own strength, we are grounded. I’m walking into another board room today and can’t wait to see what He will do.

What are you controlling?

Where is your focus?


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