Choices & Fear by Janessa Gonzalez

Well hello everyone! This time round, we’ve got a treat! Because I have my very first guest writer. Social media can have its negative sides, trust me, but it has its positive side when used correctly with good intention. I have met some amazing people and today’s guest writer Janessa, is one of them! She is the most vibrant person I’ve met and I’m glad to have her be the first guest writer on my blog! So without further ado, this is Janessa; helping us to understand how we can look at and tackle how we respond to the difficult choices we have to inevitably face in life!

– Rochelle Yung-Hoi x

A few weeks ago, I knew the Lord was calling me to step out; to step out of my comfort zone with my writing. I’m comfortable with poetry. I’m good at it; sharing my feelings through short paragraphs and rhyme is “safe” for me. But I know the Lord has called me to greater things than I am currently doing…to go beyond my instagram story and sending my writings to my best friend. I knew He wanted to expand my audience so more of His children could be inspired, encouraged, helped, and directed to His word. So pic 3I stepped out. But I thought I would play it safe and write something I know I can do well. I planned on writing about getting “past” my past. I have spoken on that topic before, helped my friends through that topic, and written many poems about it. I thought I could hop on my laptop and write something; that it would be easy and helpful. After all, it was all on my heart already. 

But it turns out this idea did not last. Maybe the idea was the stepping stone I needed to get here… or MAYBE I got scared. Yes, I chose to allow fear to get in my way. We are always presented with choices. Choices are something that God has given us since the garden. Eve was placed with the choice to eat the fruit. Notice that God didn’t throw down a lighting bolt from heaven and knock the forbidden fruit from her hand. No, He let her make the choice. Why? Because we have free will. He allows us to choose.

Genesis 3:5-6 (NKJV)  “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

Eve was tempted by the enemy, and instructed by God. She was not forced from either side. She chose to converse with the serpent, she chose to acknowledge the voice of the enemy, she chose to take the fruit, she chose to take a bite and she made the choice to sin. Examples of choices are everywhere in the Bible. Jesus chose to follow the will of the Father, even when He knew that the outcome was going to be horrific for Him. He chose to because He loved us.

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Remember when you made that decision to accept Jesus into your heart? That was a choice. When you decided to pray and worship Him, that was a choice. Everyday, we are presented with choices and it is up to us to choose to go in the wrong direction, the path of destruction from the enemy, or choose everlasting life Now here’s the best part: we don’t have to choose alone. I like to believe that Eve could have made a different choice that day. She could have called out to God and asked Him if what the serpent was saying was true. Instead she made the decision to rely on her own understanding and try to do things on her own. She took what the enemy said and made it her truth.

We know that we have access to God anywhere, anytime. How reassuring is it to know

pic 2that when we are presented with choices, we can turn to God. We can open His word… the living breathing word of God! We can search His word for answers, and ask Him To reveal Himself to us. He will help us and guide us in the choices we are to make. We can get alone with Him in that quiet space, and He will speak to the depths of our hearts.

This is true in any and every situation you are faced with. The choice is yours to open your Bible and call out to the Lord rather than go with what the enemy is trying to push on you.

“How reassuring is it to know that when we are presented with choices, we can turn to God.”

In any and every situation the choice to say “No.” To say “Not today Satan.” To drown out the voice of the enemy by replacing it with the word of God. I sat down multiple times to write this post, and I let fear get the best of me. I made the choice to listen to those voices in my head. I made the choice to entertain the thoughts of failure, of rejection, of wanting acceptance…when what I really needed was to say was, “Okay God, I can not do this on my own, I need you.” And let me tell you friends, when I opened my Bible to find peace, I found it. The Lord reminded me of this verse:

 

John 14:27 (NKJV) “2 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Satan is of the world, so I could never find peace to still my mind when I allowed the thoughts from him to fill my mind. Instead, I needed to get in the Lord’s presence and be reminded of His goodness, His faithfulness, His mercy and His grace! I needed to seek His face.When I did that, I was able to sit down and write this post, focusing on His truth and picwho I am in Him.

Whatever situation you are faced with right now, remember you have a choice. You have a choice to do what is right in the Lord’s eyes, and not do things on your own. You have the Spirit of the living God in you. The same power that raised Christ from the grave lives in you, so surely you can make the right choice when presented with the wrong one, too. Look to His word always, talk to Him and then listen. This is  the concept of a divine relationship. He wants to help you make all the decisions and choices you are presented with in this life.

So my question for you is what will you choose? To live a life of constant struggle, fear, worry, and anxiety? Or will you choose to draw near?  

 

 written by –

Janessa Maria Gonzalez 

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Make sure to follow Janessa and give her words of encouragement on her instagram; @janessa.m.gonzalez
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