Focus is a powerful thing. They say that a race car driver that allows his vision to focus on the wall for a second is likely to crash into the wall. You are drawn to what you focus on.
That is true in most areas in life. If you allow your mind to focus on your past failures (which I am naturally good at) you are being drawn to failure. The closer you get to actually getting to step into your purpose or the bigger your dream gets, the louder the failure train thunders, ready to take you for a trip again. Jon Acuff calls it, “the failure parade” that starts marching through your head.
Ironically, the more I think about developing this blog into a platform of encouragement for people who wish to live their lives on purpose, the more I experience that same parade. A parade of all the reasons I shouldn’t succeed. In fact, reasons I don’t deserve to succeed. Funny thing is, it gets louder the more convinced I get that this vision may be from God.
That is why I believe this failure train is captained by the enemy, not God. We are commanded as Christians to
bring every thought captive, into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 10:05)
And so, the war starts:
I can Do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Lord, that you would bless me indeed, that you would enlarge my territories. Oh that Your hand would be with me: that you would keep me from evil. That I would be a blessing, not a curse. 1 Chr 4:10
These verses have become a regular prayer for me.
If you are attempting something that feels like a God-thing for you, and you are experiencing these fears, find some promises that speak into that situation and make them your prayer. And remember:
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of sound mind! 2 Tim 1:07
Note: I have paraphrased the bible verses, they may or may not match some version of the bible out there.