God did not Give us a Spirit of Fear
Written by Edna Davidsen ∴ Saturday, August 19, 2017
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“Want to minimise fear while serving God in the work world? Here are five tips that have helped me.”
1. What God Wants You to Know
1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” The Bible ensures us, God is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Powerful words!God is with us. We're always in good company; at home, at work, at school. Whatever we do we ought to do it all for the glory of God. Why do so many people struggle with fear? Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." God says, trust me, but who can say they never failed to trust God? How many times have we avoided taking the leap of faith because we doubted God? God is with us because without Him we're nothing.John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." The scriptures on trusting God are gentle Godly reminders to us. Reminders, to take the leap of faith under all circumstances.Let's go back to Proverbs 3: 5-6. God's commands: Trust me with all your heart! God's promise: I'll make your path straight. Our paths may take us up to the mountains and down the valleys, but when we're climbing mountains or down in dark walleyes, remember: God straightens our paths. He knows where he leads us.God allows us to breathe, think, talk and feel. He enables us to influence others spiritually. The Christian mindset is a powerful mindset. It's a mindset giving us respect among our co-workers, friends and neighbours. Our goal on the job is to be:• Honest. • Trustworthy. • Precise. When we speak, we're in for the truth. We belong to the church of the living God; the brand we're a part of is powerful and precious. We strive to be trustworthy ambassadors for the church of the living God. We're going to come to work on time, and be there a full working day. So many employees steal from their employers by going home 5,10, or 15 minutes before the end of the working day. We have a different mindset. We're there to do our job as good as possible. When we earn respect by our superiors and co-workers, they'll wonder what values drive us. Those situations can turn into opportunities to have genuine Godly conversations about what the Christian faith means to us. I'm a Christian Affiliate Marketer. OurChristianBook.com publishes one blog post per week. I've already planned blog post topics for the next two years. Many Christian bloggers put out blog posts daily, and I love to read them. If I were to publish my Christian Affiliate Marketing blog posts daily, they would be shorter, with lesser research and references. I have a desire, to be honest, trustworthy and precise in my blog posts. When I release the blog posts weekly I keep a standard I'm happy with as a Christian Affiliate Marketer.
Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Why do so many people allow their spirit to be overwhelmed with fear? What're the causes of the fear? Let's take Christian Affiliate Marketing as an example. It's often said online business should be passion-driven. I disagree. Why? It's too easy to be overwhelmed by fear when our foundation is passion. Some time ago I read Scott Adam's How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life and I found Scott Adam's thought about passion versus profits enlightening: He says: "You often hear advice from successful people that you should “follow your passion.” That sounds perfectly reasonable the first time you hear it. Passion will presumably give you high energy, high resistance to rejection, and high determination. Passionate people are more persuasive, too. Those are all good things, right? Here’s the counterargument: When I was a commercial loan officer for a large bank in San Francisco, my boss taught us that you should never make a loan to someone who is following his passion. For example, you don’t want to give money to a sports enthusiast who is starting a sports store to pursue his passion for all things sporty. That guy is a bad bet, passion and all. He’s in business for the wrong reason." (Adams, Scott. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life (p. 13 ). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition.) Scott Adam's boss had been a commercial lender for more than thirty years. From him Scott learned; the best loan customer is one who has no passion whatsoever, just a desire to work hard at something that looks good on a spreadsheet. Maybe the loan customer wants a dry-cleaning store or to invest in a fast-food franchise— boring stuff. That’s the person we want to bet on. As Christian Affiliate Marketers we want to become persons people want to bet on. How do we do that? By becoming good at what we do. Our integrity and skills are God's gift. It's our job to use the gift well. We need to know why we're in Christian Affiliate Marketing. One of the reasons should be the desire to develop a profitable system. Spreadsheets are the best measurements tools. We eliminate fear by using God's gift, our brainpower, and replace fear with facts-based numbers. Which numbers are relevant for the Christian Affiliate Marketer to monitor? It could, for example, be Google Analytics monthly pageviews. If we want to make an income from Christian Affiliate Marketing we'll need about 100.000 monthly pageviews. This is a way to use facts to break down fear. Breaking topics into smaller units are one of the best techniques to cope with fear. By knowing our monthly pageviews number + several other numbers, we level up from guessing to knowing. All of this is math and technique, not passion. If you want to read more about numbers and studies relevant to Christian Affiliate Marketing, you can do so in blog post 12 What's a Realistic Perspective in Christian Affiliate Marketing? And in blog post 15 How To Quickly Set Up the Free CloudFlare CDN Solution.When we're good at what we're doing, we'll be able to shape the ethos of the Christian Affiliate Industry, so the expectations, policies and structures are aligned with the Christian lifestyle because other people in the industry will seek our advice. "I will strengthen you and help you." Isaiah 41:10 only works when we trust God and allow Him to strengthen and help us. As Christian Affiliate Marketers, we aim to have a life-changing impact on the people who come to our companies. When we write blog posts, we're in for the truth. We belong to the church of the living God; the brand we're a part of as Christian Affiliate Marketers is too powerful and precious too clutter with marketing scams etc. We are eager to be trustworthy agents for the church of the living God. We're going to meet anyone who comes to our companies with a different mindset; we're here to do our job as good as possible. When we earn customers, and colleagues respect they'll wonder what values drive us. These situations are opportunities to use Christian Affiliate Marketing to give our Christian testimony on what Christian faith means to us. Sometimes we'll experience, God uses our company to eliminate the spirit of fear our customers struggle with and replace it with a spirit of hope. We have an awesome God. Serving God in the work world gives us many opportunities to build relationships. In our position, it's natural to unite our Christian worldview with the normal customer-communication. Psalm 40:16 "But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!"" It's natural to let the happiness we receive from belonging to the Lord flow through while serving God in the work world with our company. In 2015, Bethel Music featuring Jonathan David & Melissa Helser released I am a Child of God. It's a fantastic song from the album: We Will Not Be Shaken (Live). The song is about being free, being a child of God, being surrounded by the arms of a father. The song has passed 50.000 daily listeners by the time writing.
I use No longer Slaves as a reminder about God's spirit in us. As Christians, we care about other people's burdens and point them to the great Burden Bearer. The companies we use for our Christian Affiliate Marketing are also gifts from God. The money we earn from the affiliate sales or other services we provide from our websites belong to God. God trusts us to use it well. The true spirit of God is a free spirit. He wants us to live a life of generosity.God did not Give us a Spirit of Fear. We earn to give. We earn to invest. God is our supreme treasure, not money, although one of our goals is to run a profitable business. Without profits, it'll be difficult for us to build businesses and help others to improve their lives. In times of fear, and in times of joy, we should always give thanks to God. We thank Him for the life He has given us. We thank Him for the health he has given us. We thank Him for the work He has given us. And we thank Him for giving us His son Jesus. God wants us to be thankful at work. What kind of colleagues do you prefer? The complainers, who always worry and fear the worst? Or the colleagues with a thankful attitude? Humble hope-spreading colleagues are more likeable than complainers. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” By spreading genuine hope, we glorify God. We live in great times. We have more learning opportunities at our finger tips than any generation before us. It is up to us to take advantage of them. The dreams in our hearts are placed there by God. The dreams are there because God wants us to believe it's possible to achieve them. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." What God wants you and me to know is, He has a plan for us. It's a good plan, a plan about giving us hope for bright future. The moment we discover God's plan for us, our faith, our family, our life will be embraced by it. We realise the graceful truth of who we are.
Tip 1: Fight fear with facts.
2. God has not Given us the Spirit of Fear
Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." The history of Christianity is filled with examples of how God can free us from fear. God has not given us the spirit of fear. As I've come in contact with people through my work at OurChristianBook.com I've experienced many people with anxiety-problems. It's my impression, we all feel fear in some form or another. We experience fear at different degrees. I've seen people eliminate fear in the blink of an eye. I've seen people being pulled down and trapped by the fear. They experienced it with such a force that they collapsed. Fear comes in many forms. Fear of:• Failure. • Loneliness. • Ignorance. • The present. • The future. • Fear of change. Fear does not come from God. As I researched for this blog post I found the spring 2017 Merrill Edge Report®. It revealed the millennials (age 18-34) were controlled by the ‘FOMO’ (fear of missing out) mentality. Unlike the older generations, the millennials prioritise personal achievements like travelling and getting their dream job. They focused less on values like marriage, family or retirement planning. From the report: "Millennials are exploring uncharted territory as the first generation to plan long-term for financial freedom over retirement. The majority (63 percent) of millennials are looking to save a set amount of money or income necessary to enjoy their desired lifestyle, compared to the majority (55 percent) of Gen Xers and baby boomers who are saving so they can leave the workforce." For the older generations it's difficult to understand the priorities of the millennials. The differences between generation creates a large amount of fear today. One takeaway from the Merrill Edge Report is that there's a large difference between popular perception and facts. One example is the perception of savings among contrasting generations.
Why is fear bad? Because fears drains us for strength and knocks us out. God gives us the power of the gospel. Let's use it to lift us above fear so we can serve God better in the work world. We have the power that comes from living by true Bible-based principles. Let's act on the scriptures about trusting God. Let's listen to the voice of God and spread His love through our work. The gospel is beautiful, simple and logical. The definition of gospel is straight forward. It's God's gift to us. It encourages us to walk in faith. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”When we work we do it for the glory of God. When Paul taught 2 Tim. 1:7 "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." he wanted Timothy to understand fear is to be avoided. When we're at work, we should be proud of our Christian faith. The mandate Paul gave to Timothy is also a mandate to you and me 2 Tim. 1:8 "So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God." When we're at work our actions should be a faith-testimony. Paul could say this from a prison while being under tremendous pressure. What an awesome God we have. He can wipe out fear and replace it with courage. Christians can walk with confidence. The best Christian testimony we can give while serving God in the work world is to walk with dignity and be likeable. Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior has given us everything. Let's use His strength to encourage other to do their best. In my daily prayers I include the following: "Please God help me to do my best for you today in the Christian community. May I be the tool you intended. Help me to understand Your will and walk in faith wherever you send me. Let all my actions reflect the Christian identity You gave me!"
Tip 2: Fight fear with faith.
3. Trust in God
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." How many times have we been told to trust in the Lord with all our heart? Proverbs 3: 5-6 is more than a general statement about living. It contains a recipe for a fulfilled life with Jesus our Saviour. As Christian Affiliate Marketers we use the brainpower God has given us. We're also aware, we live in a world with a lack of trust. When king Solomon wrote the Proverbs, he knew trust is the base. How does this relate to people who have faced immense disappointments in life? What's the lesson they takeaway from the disappointments? The only person you can trust is you. This is a human reaction, but it needs to be unlearned. When we walk in faith we trust that God will straighten our path. We're His children. As Christian Affiliate Marketers who strives to be honest, truthful and precise we rest assured that God will take care of us when we do our part. We serve God best in the work world by putting God first in our lives. When we experience something good at work, we avoid congratulating ourselves. Why? Because instead we give thanks to God for His blessings that gives us the opportunity to experience happiness at work. Other times we experience difficulties. We may wonder if God cares about what we're doing? Sometimes God uses challenges to shape us. What we see as failures could be God's way of shaping us according to His plan. When we ask "What is God's will?" we tend to forget our limited perspective. God's perspective is until the end of times. Matthew 28:20 ". . . And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." As long as are here, God is with us.
Does God want us to give up under difficult circumstances? Does God want us to give up when life is tough? Does God want us to give up when we lack faith? Does God want us to worry about our future? No! He wants us to trust Him, to believe His promises. What is the world teaching us? Is it teach us to trust other people? We're all familiar with the expression "It's too good to be true, right?" Is the underlying value of this expression trust or lack of trust? Is God too good to be true? Can we rely on His promises? Yes, we can! We can worship instead of worry. God is in control of the circumstance in our lives. When we're in a bad circle with negative thoughts, one of the best activities we can engage in is positive thinking combined with reading uplifting scriptures. We serve God better in the work world by avoid worrying about situations outside our control. When we trust God we believe He loves us. He has the power to help us. He wants to help. When we accept Jesus as our Savior God's spirit comes and lives inside us. We hear His voice and take advantage of this by spreading His joy to our colleges and surroundings. The Christian backgrounds enable us to aim for the level above what we think, what we feel. We aim for following what the spirit of God and His Word prescribes. When we understand God's plan for us, it becomes easier for us to serve Him through our companies. When we believe in God, we focus our minds in God's direction. It gives us contentment and peace. Trusting Jesus Christ is the sustainable path to an abundant life. We live in a world of broken promises and lost confidence. As Christian Affiliate Marketers, we can keep promises. We can build trust. We can build better futures for others. We strive to see the world from a heaven-centered worldview. That's progressive Christianity!
Tip 3: Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
4. God Looks at the Heart
God is unlike us. Humans look at outward appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7 "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him."" The Lord looks at the heart. The heart, our seat for desire and passion. It's the heart that reveals what's important to us. Is it to give glory to God in the highest? Or is it short sighted thinking? God knows our motives. He knows the why behind our actions whether it's in Christian groups or at work. Our inner life is the root of our outward actions. We can hide who we are from people but can we hide from God? When we walk in faith, we let God occupy our hearts. He will change our heart. We invite God into our hearts by prayers. It's our hearts that determines our attitude towards our customers or co-workers. If we want to serve God in the work world, we need a Godly heart. Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Why is it so important to guard our hearts? Because our heart is a temple. It's the core of our body, shaping all that we do in life. By letting God fill our hearts, we allow Him to use us as a tool. God sees what no one else sees. People measure our waist and wallet. God weighs our hearts. Let's open our hearts to God. Let's allow Him to use our companies to give glory to Him. When we're at work, we let Him use us to inspire others. God looks at why we're doing something rather than what we're doing. He knows our motives, and He steps in and helps those who act from sound motives. Jeremiah 17:10 "I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve." Are we ready to let the Lord examine our hearts? Are we in Christian Affiliate Marketing for the right reasons? What are our deeds? The hearts are more vital to God than our physical countenance. Doctors can use plastic surgery to improve the look of a physical body but who can change what we desire? Only God. Is the plastic surgery a lasting change? Or is it just touching the surface? Instead of being obsessed by looking right from a worldly perspective Christians should prioritise looking right in God's sight. We put God first. When the Bible talks about the heart, it's a symbol. It's a symbol of who we are. The heart is the house of the Holy Spirit. Modern culture emphases appearance rather than character. It's occupied with questions like: • Do we dress appropriately? • Do we follow the newest fashion? • Do we buy the right products? God's looking at the heart. Heb 8:10 "This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." God will put His laws in our minds and write them in our hearts. By giving thanks to God and welcome Him into our mind and heart we plan for an abundant life. We stop asking "What does it mean to be a Christian?" because God has already shown us the meaning.
Tip 4: Engage in activities for the right reasons.
5. I am a Child of God
Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Show eagerness to share with the work world that God is with us, but do it with actions. Words are cheap. Let's trust God that He will give us the courage to be calm even when times are troublesome. Thus we act according to the Gospel.We know God will strengthen us when we follow Him. We thank Him for allowing us to be a tool in His hands helping Christian women and Christian men living a more purpose driven life. God's promises about forgiveness in the Bible and about God's grace are what fuels us to do our best on OurChristianBook.com and other Christian websites.In our evening prayer and whenever we give our Christian testimony, we remind ourselves and the audience about the incredible fact that you and I can always say: "I am a Child of God!"
Tip 5: Eat, exercise and sleep well.
In this blog post, we've covered five tips on how to minimise fear while serving God in the Work World. • Tip 1: Fight fear with facts. • Tip 2: Fight fear with faith. • Tip 3: Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. • Tip 4: Engage in activities for the right reasons. • Tip 5: Eat, exercise and sleep well. What other strategies do you use to minimise fear in your life? How have they changed your life?To God be the glory! Edna Davidsen