Do you realize that the word FEAR, when spelled backwards spells REAF? Wiktionary defines REAF as: Spoil; booty; plunder, especially plunder from robbery. The act of carrying off, abducting or devouring. A thief; robber.
I don’t know about you, but when I see the word “robber” I immediately think of John 10:10 & how the devil is out to steal, kill & destroy our dreams!
Here we are, answering His call, walking in obedience & BAM! The devil hits us in the face with lies about our past or lies about our future, bringing fear into focus & causing us to doubt ourselves or even doubt God.
What do we do when fear is screaming, “You’re not worthy! You’re not qualified! You’re a mess! You can’t do this! God didn’t call you here! You missed the mark! Turn around; this is too hard”?? We hit our knees & cry out to the one who MOVES those mountains of fear!
Psalm 3:4, “I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.”
When fear comes knocking, we always have a choice! We can either embrace fear & allow it to plunder our dreams, or we can tell the Robber of Dreams that he has no authority in our lives & he must flee.
The most important thing we can do when the Stealer of Dreams attacks is live James 4:7: