We’ve come to our last post in this series about Overcoming the Fear Factor in Speaking (click here for the beginning of this series). We’re excited to hear how these strategies have worked for you. (And we have a fun treat for you at the end of the post– a great GIVEAWAY!! Make sure to comment to enter.)
We’ve got one more strategy to share with you to help overcome fear in speaking. This powerful strategy teaches us to wield God’s Word as our weapon.
During the time I was struggling with my fears about speaking, I was studying the life of Moses. When I read this verse in Deuteronomy, words God spoke to Moses, the words leapt off the page and into my heart:
Deuteronomy 2:7, “‘For the Lord your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.’”
I was amazed at the way God spoke to me so personally through this verse, reminding me I had everything I needed to speak, or to do anything else God called me to do, because the Lord was with me. And guess how old I was? Forty years old. While the age here was significant to me personally, the promise is for all of us.
Whatever wilderness we have been wandering in concerning our speaking – the wilderness of fear, insecurity, doubt or hesitancy – believing and acting on the promise in this verse can propel us forward in God-confidence. God’s Word is an offensive weapon to use in our battle against fear.
Backing up a bit, let’s read Deuteronomy 2:2, “And the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north…’”
I knew it was time to stop circling and to take steps north – to the place God was calling me. I couldn’t waver any longer, I couldn’t make excuses, and I couldn’t wait for fear to totally disappear.
What about you? Is it time for you to “turn north?” To stop circling? To leave the wilderness of fear?
I encourage you to commit these verses from Deuteronomy and the ones that follow to memory. To help memorization I post the verses around the house and in my car, I try to write them out in my prayer journal from memory, and I recite them aloud repeatedly.
You can also personalize the verses as a prayer. For example, God has not given Melanie a spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound mind. Praying God’s Word allows us to move forward boldly, not fearfully.
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Isaiah 43:1, “But now, this is what the Lord says…’Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'”
We’d love for you to share any other verses that help you overcome the fear factor in speaking.
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