Choose Faith And Question Your Fears

“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (CEV)

"The question isn't whether you are or afraid or not, it's what you do with that fear."

Our worries always grow out of our fears. Whether you worry about your kids or your job, there is a fear behind it.

In Matthew 8, the disciples were afraid of the overwhelming storm so, in their worry, they went and woke Jesus. He responded to them with this question, “Why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26 NLT). Jesus caused them to question their fears. Why? When we feel like our fears are the final authority, they guide our lives. But when we start to question our fears, we begin to realize they are not the final authority. God is.

One of God’s most common commands in the Bible is “do not fear.” God told Joshua, “Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged!” (Joshua 1:9 CEV). He also told this to everyone from Abraham in the Old Testament to Zacharias in the New Testament. He shared this command with Isaac, Jacob, Hagar, Rachel, Moses, Gideon, Elijah, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Peter, Paul, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. All of them faced fears and all of them were commanded by God not to be afraid.

The question isn’t whether you are or afraid or not, it’s what you do with that fear. When you’re afraid, you will probably choose one of three ways to respond: to live with fear; to run from fear; or to face up to fear with faith.

Jesus wants you to face up to fear with faith. “I’m leaving you with a gift, peace of mind and heart. And the peace that I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled, don’t be afraid” (John 14:27 LB).


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