3 Questions to Help Leaders Navigate through Fear into Peace

Eggs afraidIt’s inevitable. If you’re a leader, scary things happen in your sphere of leadership.

  • Without warning, a major client drops you.
  • An evaluation process might undermine your work or position.
  • Health challenges affect your productivity.
  • New government regulations threaten your ability to stay afloat.
  • A new boss brings changes that will threaten your position.
  • Your parishioners don’t like your new direction and attendance drops.

Anon and anon…

When challenging situations provoke a reaction of fear, use the following questions to help navigate through emotions into a place of peace.

1) What’s the core reason behind my fear?

Find it in Genesis 3. Before the fall: no fear. After the fall: fear. Adam’s first emotional response toward God: “I was afraid because I was naked.” Adam was “found out.”

He no longer measured up. He didn’t have what it takes, and fig leaves could never hide the reality of his pitiful state before the eyes of God.

In modern life, the core reasons behind fear sound like this:

  • Loss of security: I’ll lose my job and won’t be able to provide (I won’t have what it takes).
  • Loss of significance: I’ll lose my position or reputation; They won’t like/respect me (I won’t measure up).

The first step to overcoming fear is realizing the truth: without Christ, we don’t have what it takes, and we don’t measure up. Period.

2) What does scripture say about my fear?

Fear is an emotional response, not a sin. But we have a choice. We can deal with fear in human strength, or we can deal with fear in Christ.

Dealing with fear in our own strength, we’ll get no further than Adam with the fig leaves. Again, in reality, we don’t measure up. We have nothing but flimsy fig leaves to hide behind, and they won’t hold up. Instead we need sheepskin leather produced by God’s own hand that pays the price for what we lack with His blood.

Because Jesus shed His blood and died in our place, we no longer have to fight fear on our own. We have a new reality. Jesus invites us as children of God into His family with full security and full inheritance. Here’s the new reality: in Christ, we do measure up as members of God’s household. If we submit our trust completely to Jesus, He establishes His government of peace in our leadership (Is 9:7).

 3) What Truth of Christ will shatter the lie that feeds my fear?

Breaking Status QuoWhat is our hope? To completely lean on the reality of Jesus Christ.

It’s not a fairy tale. Jesus really does give us peace if we submit our fears to Him. Jesus really is the way to Father God, and Father God really does hold us in the palm of His hand if we choose to rest there. Nothing can separate us from His love, not tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword. Neither death nor life, governmental powers, nothing will separate us from the Love of the Father in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:35, 39). He really does speak to us. He really does guide us.

Even if we lose our positions, even if we lose their respect, even if everything we’ve been working toward collapses, if we put our entire weight on Christ, we rest secure in His provision and safety.

Sometimes trusting God is like jumping off a cliff where we can’t see the bottom. But He jumps with us and holds us all the way, bringing us to a better place than we could ever imagine.

Psalm 37; Proverbs 3:5-8; Isaiah 9:6-7; 35:3-4; Matthew 14:29; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:14-17; 35-39; Hebrews 11:8; Revelation 2:10

 

 

 

 

Leadership Joy Comes in Magnifying the Lord! Scrip Pic

Make the decision.
Just do it.
Let it go.
Don’t hold back.
Magnify!
Father God delights when we magnify Him
because in that place we find our significance and true expression.
Magnify the Lord!The JOY of the Lord is your STRENGTH! (Nehemiah 8:10)
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Magnified Joy!

Leaders Face Fear as Mary Faced Fear

boy_magnifyingGlass2-150x150Enjoy this article as a sneak peak into our March/April 2015 ConneXions Magazine, fresh off the press. Jenny Gehman writes as a spiritual mentor, speaker for women’s events, and founder of LiveWell! Ministries and R&R Retreats, a division of TTWM.

I’ve been having a lot of fear responses lately and it’s caused me to stop and puzzle over young Mary.

When informed she would bear the Son of God, this one’s life suddenly teetered on the verge of being altered beyond recognition.

Forever. This was big.

But fear wasn’t her response, which is the puzzling part, at least for the likes of me.

In that angel-visiting moment, Mary’s response was to magnify something: amplify, enlarge and make much of it. But unlike me, it wasn’t fear she magnified. Hmmm.

This is one of many places we differ, Mary and I. Me and my response would have magnified my inadequacies, fears, and losses; the unknowns, costs, and questions. Unfortunately, I am bent in this direction.

But Mary’s magnifying glass aimed elsewhere.

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” said Mary.

Oh to learn this!

Mary magnified and made much of something but not of herself nor her circumstances. So unlike me, this woman!!!

Mary magnified the Lord (what a good idea)! And by doing so, she saw HIM as greater than her fears; larger than her inadequacies; more important than the judgments of others.

And dear people, by doing so her spirit rejoiced!! Her spirit rejoiced! This is what I long for, her spirit rejoiced!

Jenny Gehman

Jenny Gehman

We have a saying in our home: Feelings follow focus. Mary magnified the Lord and her spirit rejoiced in God, her Savior.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!
– Psalm 34:3

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A Leader’s Delight is the Father’s Delight

Moments with the Father
I Delight, Moments

“I Delight” poem is derived by Patricia Tillman from Keith Yoder’s Moments with the Father article in our March/April 2015 issue of Connexions Magazine. Click here to read the full text of the article, and enjoy other stories and testimonies from a Presence-Based Leadership perspective. 

Confirming Scripture:  Psalm 16:11; II Corinthians 9:5; 12:4; Ephesians 3:14-23; Philippians 2:3-5; Colossians 1:26-27;  I Peter 1:8

Keith Yoder, Patricia Tillman