“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart (fear not), I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
On the afternoon of September 20, 1863, “in the wake of chaos and confusion Confederate soldiers swept out of the woods and into the fields in what one commander called “a scene of unsurpassed grandeur.” This attack collapsed the Union right (=third of the army), forcing the defenders, including Rosencrans, to flee” (nps.gov). Facades had been broken. Miscommunication created gaps in front of the enemy where strength had previously existed. In the retreat the army would soon find itself besieged. Infighting would continue as they also battled against fear, guilt, shame and anxiety.
I’m sure we have all heard the saying “Fake it ’til you make it.” Though this statement is funny, and sometimes true, it underscores one of our deepest fears, “I’m not good enough.” It causes us to live in fear, and fear is a powerful motivator. It shackles us with the burden of guilt caused by inauthenticity. Shame then enters to stand as an accuser because of insecurity of feeling of being a fraud. The shame fuels the overwhelming anxiety of being “found out”, because if someone just scratches the surface they will see who I really am and turn away. Which in turn causes more fear, and so it goes again…
Fear, Guilt, Shame and Anxiety all STEAL Victory. Praise the God that Jesus has overcome! We have VICTORY. It has already been delivered! We just need to believe and follow Him and move forward in action.
Jesus tells us that we will face hardship. Facing hardship is not the mark of defeat or the result of weakness. But Jesus doesn’t leave it there. He doesn’t say, “You will face hardship, figure it out.” He says, “You will face hardship but, Take heart (fear not), I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Jesus is instructing us to retool our fears and circumstances. He is teaching us to expect victory because He is already victorious. Paul echoes Jesus’ encouragement in Philippians 4:6-7 when he reminds us not to be anxious about anything. He reiterates it in 2 Corinthians 10:5 when he instructs us to take every thought captive and bend it toward Christ.
Kingdom Man, Take heart! Even in the midst of chaos and confusion the battle is won! Here are some practical steps to have victory over the Facade and defeat Fear, Guilt, Shame and Anxiety!
- Use fear as a tool, not an emotion
- Use guilt to re-establish, recenter, convict and repent
- Shame is not the same thing as conscience, it has no place in the Kingdom
- Trust God. Put anxiety in its place. If you’re anxious, you are proving to yourself that you don’t have control, turn it over to God.
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom Men, how do you define victory over Fear, Guilt, Shame and Anxiety? Does your definition align with Jesus’ Victory or are you still trying to “Fake it ’til you make it?” The victory is real, and can be realized. Write down what your victory looks like and share it with your wingman.
Join us this weekend at Chickamauga as we train for victory!