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Fear is a Destiny-Killer Part 2

King Saul was anointed and appointed by God. He could’ve had a legacy of being a successful king over Israel. Saul’s legacy was that he gave up what God gave him. He could’ve ruled in King David’s place, but he gave it up. Giving up is a result of fear and insecurity, and it was that fear and insecurity that caused him to hide when he should’ve been stepping up. Samuel anointed Saul to be king in 1 Samuel 10:22-24 (NIV): “So they inquired further of the Lord, ‘Has the man come here yet?’ And the Lord said, ‘Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.’ They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people, he was a head taller than any of the others. Samuel said to all the people, ‘Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.’ Then the people shouted, ‘Long live the king!’ "

FearSometimes we don’t realize what we have given up, the open door that we failed to walk through, because of fear. Some open doors will never open again. Some are missed opportunities that we could’ve had but we didn’t because of the four-letter word FEAR. When God opens doors, He knows what He’s doing; He knows who he opens doors for and nothing takes Him by surprise. However, it takes us by surprise when God begins to use’ just little old me’, as we say in our own eyes.
Sometimes you may feel like you’re not ready for what God has in store for you, but your Heavenly Father knows what He’s doing. Insecurities will cause you to miss out. Insecurity is not a sin but leads to insecure behavior. When you look in the mirror what do you say or see? People’s approval was one of King Saul’s pitfalls. It did not matter that God equipped and called him to be a powerful King who could have brought about great change. Instead, he measured himself on the scale of people-opinions not God’s opinion. When David came on the scene the people sang, “Saul killed his thousand and David his ten thousand!”
Freedom from crippling fear comes as individuals trust in the God who protects (Psalms 23:4) and helps them (Isa. 54:14). The New Testament teaches that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). We Christians are no longer slaves of fear, for Christ has given us not a spirit of timidity or cowardice, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control (2 Tim. 1:7). caused Saul to abort the plan of God for his life - fear of the people during his reign and insecurity in thinking he could succeed. I’m sure his tombstone could read, ‘Here lies a man who could have had it all, but fear stopped him in his tracks, and he gave it all up.’