I walked into my office, which is actually a former bedroom, turned on the fan and sat down at the computer. Then I heard it. Something was thumping and it sounded like it was coming from the wall. I imagined rats with sharp teeth and long tails thumping up in the attic above and yes, I shuddered. Wouldn’t you?
Rats In The Wall?
I went next door to my son’s room. “Do you hear that noise in the wall?”
“What noise?” my son answered.
“It’s a thumping sound between my office wall and your bedroom wall. Just listen.”
Imagine us straining our ears to hear the mysterious thumping.
“Yeah,” he said. “Maybe it’s … rats.”
“Please don’t say that because it’s what I was thinking.”
Still the thumping continued. “Maybe it’s a bat caught in the attic?” I thought out loud. The attic was right above us so it was plausible and there was a bat house on the side of our house high right by the attic vent.
False Evidence Appearing Real
I’m not really afraid of bats. They eat insects and although when they dive bomb it’s a little disconcerting, I am not afraid for my life. I could live with bats in my attic, but rats? No thank you and yes, you guessed it. I am afraid of mice and rats especially.
I got to thinking about this fear. Why am I, a grown woman, afraid of a little mouse or even a little bigger rat? Maybe it’s that one scene in a book I read in college where they torture a person by strapping a cage on their head. On one side is a rat, on the other a piece of cheese. In between is the person’s face. OK, get that visual out of your mind, right now.
Here’s the truth. That’s never in a million years going to happen to me or to you. Mice are as afraid of me as I am of them. It is false evidence appearing real. It is FEAR and it is the devil’s tool to intimidate.
Fear of Failure
Most of the time, though, the devil doesn’t use rats, bats or snakes. He uses crazy things like our fear of failure. I’ve run across many people who have just plain given up on life. They have made an intentional decision to do nothing.
They are afraid of trying anything to lose weight, to deal with their relationships, to get out of debt because they might fail. What if I try to reach out to my spouse and they don’t respond like I want? What if I try to get out of debt and the mountain just seems to grow instead of shrink? What if I try one more thing to lose weight or get free of sugar and I fail again.
“I can’t take another failure!” I hear it all the time. I have three things to say about that.
Failure is a Great Teacher
When we fail at something we should see it as a teachable moment. We should look at why we failed and what went wrong. Many times there are things that went right, but one part failed. We isolate what that one thing is and then we try again. It’s the only way to go forward.
We fail forward. That means we don’t let failure stop us, we let it propel us to learn how to overcome the part that failed. It’s actually a foundation on which we can build our own lifestyle change program.
Doing Nothing Is Sure Failure
When I fail and then sit down and say, “I’m going to do nothing because trying will only lead to another failure,” that is sure failure.
Many times when we do nothing it means we are doing what we’ve always done. That is going to get us the results we’ve always gotten. There will be no change if there is no investment in trying to change.
Try, Try Again
We are of the mindset that we have to try harder, do more, put more effort into what we want to do. If we are trying hard in self-effort we will most likely fail again.
We have to address the core issues that are holding us back. To do that we are going to have to go back to the beginning and face why we are not committed 100 percent to allowing God to help us right what is wrong in our lives.
We are self-sufficient human beings. We must learn how to be Christ-sufficient. We must learn the truth of this.
“ I know how to get along and live humbly in difficult times, and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of facing life, whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things which He has called me to do through Him who strengthens and empowers me to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.”1
Let that sink down deep inside you. Christ dispels our fear by strengthening, empowering and infusing us with confident peace.
Fear is false evidence appearing real. For instance, I learned the thumping sound in the wall was the combination of my fan and an open door to the office. The fan makes the door thump.
I have nothing to fear and neither do you.
So I challenge you to set aside that false evidence appearing real and commit yourself to allowing Christ to lead you on your journey whether it be weight loss, sugar addiction, finances or relationships.
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1 Philippians 4:12-13 AMP