3 Ways to Overcome Fear in Your Gift and Ministry

‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Tim 1:6-7, NKJV)

There are times when we sense God calling us out of our comfort zones, to try something new. We hear the Spirit say, ‘It’s time!’

  • It’s time to push through that barrier
  • It’s time to say yes to that opportunity
  • It’s time to speak up

If you struggle with uncertainty or fear, when it comes to stepping out in your spiritual gifts or ministry, you are not alone. Take Timothy, for example. He was called of God and gifted as an evangelist and teacher (2 Tim 4:5) and yet he struggled with timidity.

Overcoming fear is a recurring theme Paul addressed in his leadership of Timothy, and his insights are relevant to us today.


Perception is a Key to Removing Fear

Due to his youth and his position as Paul’s assistant, people sometimes looked down on Timothy.

Paul saw the need to admonish Timothy, ‘Let no one despise your youth’ (1 Tim 4:12, NKJV) Paul also wrote to the church at Corinth, saying, ‘And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. Therefore let no one despise him…’ (1 Cor 16:10-11a)

The fear that threatened Timothy in this case was a result of the perception—of both Timothy and others—about Timothy’s capability, given his young age.

Whilst many of us aren’t young any more, we may have our own view as to why we can’t boldly and confidently step up to perform the service God has put on our hearts.

According to the Bible, we are not disqualified by our natural attributes. We are qualified by the call of God.

Many other heroes of Scripture had obvious limitations—for example, Moses had a stutter, a criminal history, and was eighty years old when God called him to act!

What qualified him in God’s eyes was, ‘I’ve created you, I’ve called you and I am with you.’ (see Exodus 4)

What is Perception?

Your perception is your assessment of who you are (your identity) and what you are capable of. But does it match up to God’s perception of you?

The good news is that, just as with Timothy, God is calling us to upgrade our perception, so we can do God’s work wholeheartedly and without fear.


3 Ways to Overcome Fear and Upgrade Your Perception

1. Identify Your Current Perception

The clue to our perception can be found in the answer to these types of questions:

  • ‘What is my excuse (if any) for not stepping out and doing what God has called me to do?’
  • ‘What is the story I tell myself, as to what will happen when I do step out?

Our perception is not only what we see (about ourselves and others), it is the interpretation we place on what we see.

2. Spot the Gap Between Your Perception and God’s

Once you have an idea of your current perception—your assessment of what you are capable of—compare it to what you believe God is asking you to do.

If God has given you a problem to solve, a vocation to serve in, people to love, or a ministry to accomplish, know this: He sees you as someone who is fully equipped for the role!

You do not stand alone. You are empowered with the Holy Spirit. God is with you.

You have God’s ‘yes!’ Whatever your challenges are in terms of physical attributes, position or experience, don’t allow these to affect your perception.

  • See your weaknesses transformed by the power of God.
  • See them as an advantage—because of your limitations, Jesus will get the glory!

Don’t measure yourself against the task, opportunity or other people and decide you are lacking. What does your Father say?

Perhaps you have a leader who, like Paul did with Timothy, sees more potential in you. He or she is urging you to go to a next level, and it is time for you to listen and move.

Take a good, hard look at the difference between your perception, and that of your Heavenly Father. How is the Holy Spirit leading you to respond to this today? 

It may be time to see the real issue for what it is—be open to allowing Him to reveal unbelief, or pride. Let Him shine His light on it, lead you to repentance and he will heal your perception.

3. See Yourself on the Other Side

Finally, here is a powerful key to upgrading your perception:

See yourself on the other side of your comfort zone, walking in your miracle.

Hold that picture—see who you are, and what you are capable of in that light. God does.


Enliven Prophetic School ~ New Workshop

2018 is underway, and I have begun a brand new workshop on the Enliven Prophetic School. This class is entitled, ‘Share a prophetic insight in the context of your church, ministry or Christian organization’.

In my introductory video, I share 9 reasons why church and ministry life is a great place to begin with prophecy. These include:

  • Because there’s spiritual oversight, you have the unique opportunities that accountability brings, e.g. you can receive feedback, which helps you develop your gift
  • We see even itinerant prophets in the New Testament are based in, and sent out from, local churches – so if that’s your calling, then ministering in church life can be a launching pad or preparation for you
  • This arena is one of the most character-building opportunities we have, to grow in our spiritual gifts

I consider this last point the most significant: There are challenges, guidelines and opportunities that apply to church life and ministry, that don’t relate to the same extent in other arenas like personal and family life, evangelism or the marketplace.

And frankly, it is the best testing and maturing ground we have in our spiritual gifts!

Modules on the School currently include: ‘How to hear God’s voice’ ‘How to Begin and Grow in Prophecy’, ‘The Seer Gift: How to Grow in Pictures and Visions’, ‘Discernment and Prophetic Warnings’ and the ‘Prophetic Guidance Master Class’

I warmly invite you to view and sign up to the Enliven Prophetic School here.


© 2018 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

3 Characteristics of Your Gift and Ministry’s Hidden Phase

Do you identify with a sense of waiting, or being hidden, in your spiritual gift, vocation or ministry calling?

When the Apostle Paul—then Saul—became a follower of Jesus, God revealed to him that a powerful apostolic ministry was up ahead.

  • But although Paul’s gift of teaching and preaching was evident from the outset of his conversion, there was much more to come.

Years later, Paul was still ministering as a teacher at the church in Antioch, when the church leaders heard from God that it was time to send him and Barnabas out from the church as missionaries (Acts 13).

From this time onwards, Paul’s evangelistic and apostolic ministry, along with gifts of signs and miracles, emerged in Paul’s life (Acts 14:3, [1]).

Paul’s gifts and calling unfolded progressively throughout his life, and it will happen that way in ours too. [2]

Today, no matter what your experience of life in the Spirit has been, God has more for you.

Here are three characteristics of the hidden phase of a spiritual gift or ministry. If you relate to any of these, take heart! God has not forgotten you. Today, hear Him say, ‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (Isaiah 49:16 NIV)


1. A Desire that is Sometimes Intense

When God gives you a prophetic calling, He sows the desire for your destiny along with it. There is a place in your heart and life that will one day be filled with the operation of that gift, ministry and service to God. And until it fully manifests, you notice its absence.

God is using your hunger and the desire of your heart to draw you towards your destiny. That very hunger will cause you to prepare, to search and to pursue Him.

Desire is a gift given by God, that causes us to pursue Him, until He gives us what He has longed to grant us all along. This is the level of hunger that kept Elisha in pursuit of Elijah to the point of no return, until he received the mantle destined by God to be his. (2 Kings 2)

“So I say to you, ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock and keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9, AMP)


2. Prolonged Times of Waiting

Times of waiting until the gift, ministry or service to God is fulfilled, are a common theme throughout the Bible.

You may have experienced early signs of a gift, calling or ministry. You may have received a prophecy, or hold certain Scripture verses close to your heart that reflect God’s call upon your life.

But now, you wonder what happened to that calling. It may even seem as though the very opposite is taking place.

In a time of waiting, it is common to hit a ‘ceiling’. You are engaged at one level of ministry for a long time, whilst deep down you know God has more for you. Think of all the years Paul ministered in the primary role of a teacher, when his apostolic call to reach nations was still ahead!

If you can relate to this, know that your Father has your timetable in His hands.

Look at Paul—none of his time on earth was wasted in God’s sight.
‘For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ (2 Tim 4:6-7, NIV)


3. Obstacles and Opposition that are Specific to Your Call

There are times when God allows us to experience trials specifically related to our calling. These hardships are designed to stir us, prepare us and propel us forward.

Joseph was called to rule—and yet was sold as a slave. Daniel was called to govern, but God positioned him as a slave in captivity. Paul was called to impact nations—and then spent years in his home town of Tarsus, waiting for the church to be ready to receive him. (Acts 11:25) [2]

So it can be with us. We are called to heal—and yet we or someone close to us struggles with sickness. We are called to pray—and face the most difficult prayer journey of our life.

The enemy also targets us at the very point of our calling, using tactics of fear, intimidation or direct, blatant attacks aimed at knocking us off course.

If you can identify obstacles or pressure that shout, ‘don’t go that way!’ ‘That calling is not for you!’, be encouraged.

  • That pressure is a signpost; you are headed in the right direction!
  • That obstacle will become a stepping stone into your promise from God
  • That trial will become a testimony
  • That giant of demonic opposition is coming down

As you stay on track by the grace of God, nothing and no one can stop God’s plan for your life coming to pass.


Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts ~ Now Inside the Prophetic School

If you are feeling stuck, or have undergone hardship in relation to your prophetic or prayer gift, this book will encourage you and provide you with keys to move forward in developing your gift. Learn how to:

  • Identify the season you are currently in for each of your gifts, including a season of wilderness and trial
  • Find out how to break through to the next level
  • Maximise opportunities in the current stage of growth in your spiritual gift

The book, ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ is now available as a bonus PDF inside the Enliven Prophetic School.

I have completed the first stage of basic teaching modules and am now taking an Australian Summer break from production.

In the meantime, you can find the Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] I write about this in my book ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’. You can find ‘Grow Your Prophetic and Prayer Gifts’ for sale as a single eBook here on the eStore.

[2] Paul’s first recorded miraculous sign is in Acts 13:8-11. It is not until years later, in Ephesus (Acts 19), we read of many ‘extraordinary miracles’ of healing being worked through Paul.

[3] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/paul/timeline.cfm


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family