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Facing Fear

Here are just a few ways our fears can be detrimental in our lives:

  • They kill our confidence.
  • They limit our potential.
  • They keep us from taking action.

We shouldn’t allow our fears to control us, but I’m learning when they are harnessed and re-directed, our fears prove to be beneficial.  Consider these stories in Scripture of people who faced their fears and ultimately experienced a stronger faith in God:

  • Moses – leading the children of Israel out of Egypt
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – refusing to bow to an idol and being thrown into a furnace of fire
  • Mary – becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit and carrying Jesus when everyone knew she wasn’t married
  • David – facing Goliath
  • Daniel – getting thrown into a den of lions because he refused to quit praying to Jehovah
  • Gideon – going into battle against an army of thousands with only 300 men
  • Jonathan – attacking a group of Philistine soldiers with only his armor bearer and one sword
  • Jesus – humbly submitting to his Father’s plan to be crucified for the sins of all mankind

God’s desire isn’t for us to avoid our fears, but to develop a stronger faith in him through our fears.

Sooner or later, we will all face fears in our lives.  In those moments, we can allow our fears to freeze us, or we can harness our fears by choosing to trust a sovereign God who always has our best interest in mind.

T. J.

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