In my walk with the Lord and in ministry pursuit, I have noticed that there were a lot of new grounds I broke into that often showed forth as fear. Sometimes, I would tell myself; “Maybe God is asking me to stop.” At other times, I would convince myself that; “This is nothing but the devil trying to hinder me from partaking of the best of God.” In all, I have learnt to differentiate between stop and fear.

Friend, how do you decipher between when God is asking you to stop a move and when the devil is trying to cripple you with fear? A lot of people have missed divine opportunities because they misconstrued fear to stop. If you don’t know how to discern voices; God /stop or the devil/fear, you would operate lesser than God has ordained for you.

God does not lead by fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Anytime you sense fear, know that the devil is at work. You need to cast off that fear by assuring yourself of the love and fatherhood of God (1 John 4:18). You need to stir up the life of God on your inside as you pray in the Spirit and regain your rest in God (Isaiah 28:11-12, 2 Timothy 1:6, Jude 1:20).

When it is STOP, you would often find a scriptural guidance to leverage which would often end in peace (Psalms 119:165, Isaiah 28:11-13, 32:17). God does not only order our steps, He also orders our stops (Psalms 37:23). He does this, not in fear, but in quiet assurance of His purpose and counsel for us, and the communication of His undying love (2 Timothy 1:7).

There are a lot of things packaged for you this season but the devil would want to throw his fiery darts of fear. Don’t allow the devil to cripple or demobilize you in life and destiny. There are things you have got to do afraid, without which you would not see the manifestation of God’s presence and faithfulness (Psalms 23:4-6).

Like Peter, when God is asking you to step into the waters of your destiny, rest assured that He would catch you even if you fall (Matthew 14:28-29). Deal with the fear, move towards the voice of destiny and do what you have never done before! I see you breaking new ground this season. Amen!

© ‘Demola Awoyele

Lead Pastor,

Destiny Impact Church

Akure, Nigeria