Faith Stronger Than Fear

Oh, I want that. I really do. “Lord, please give me faith stronger than my fear, ok?”

*I’m tired of being afraid.

*I’m tired of being captivated by my past.

*I’m scared of losing.

*I’m scared of failing.

*I’m afraid of trusting.

*I’m in fear that my relationships will let me down.

*I want peace.

*I want faith.

 

God’s Word says in Matthew 19:26 that,  “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

If that’s true, then:

*I don’t have to be afraid.

*I’m free of  my past.

*I’m a winner and I have won.

*God will be with me whether I fail or succeed. Victory is mine.

*I can trust God.

*Relationships might let me down, but God can restore and bring good from my experiences.

*God offers peace and it’s mine.

*God offers faith and it’s mine.

These things aren’t promised by man, only with God.

Our next Online Bible Study is called An Untroubled Heart: Finding A Faith That Is Stronger Than All My Fears, by Micca Campbell. Fear, unfortunately, rules many of our lives. Whether we have fear of the future or have fear raging over us from the past, it can be paralyzing and be an obstacle from us having the best relationship with God. This book is recommended by Kay Arthur and Lysa TerKeurst…HELLO!   That alone gets my attention!

If you are searching for a faith stronger than your fear, I hope you will join me in my next Online Bible Study, beginning March 25th.

Today, my great friend and guest in the  An Untroubled Heart Conference Call Series, Samantha Reed, is giving away a copy of An Untroubled Heart. Visit her blog for your chance to win! And sign up in the right column of this blog to participate in the study!

I look forward to us journeying together to discover and embrace the faith that is stronger than our fears!

Love and Blessings!

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My Hope … My Future … My GOD …

Donna Bostick, a friend and Online Bible Studies team member, has good reason to be filled with fear…her life presented her with circumstances where fear would be the natural reaction, yet she never quit living. Please welcome my brave friend today and thank God with me for her willingness to share the messy places of her life with us. You will be both moved and blessed by her story.  Thank you Donna for your courage and strength in sharing your story.  It is an honor to have you guest post on my blog today.

My Hope … My Future … My GOD …

Donna Bostick

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV),

FEAR. We’ve all experienced, felt, and seen it. Some even live with it every day.

How do we define fear?

What is fear to the five-year-old whose daddy flings a plate of hot spaghetti through the air, followed by a chair aimed at the TV? Will her mom be the next thing he hits; or will it be the girl?

What is fear to the little one in the police cruiser with her younger sister, not sure what she’s done wrong, only to find out her daddy broke the law by not following the custody ruling.

Or to the eight-year-old who hears the heavy footsteps of the neighbor getting closer to the bedroom door. She lies silently, hoping the evil man will pass the door. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t.

Or to the forty-year-old, alone in the doctor’s office. The doctor gently says, “I believe it’s cancer. We’ll take it one day, and one test, at a time; we’ll pray you through this.”

Surgery removes the lump near her vocal cords; it’s not cancerous. But the roller coaster dips two days later: it is cancer—the fastest growing kind. Another surgery is needed ASAP. Three days after this, the diagnosis changes again. After a second surgery six weeks later, she’s told they got it all. Does she believe them this time?

What is fear to the fifty-year-old driving with Melissa Taylor when she hears, “Donna, you should be speaking and writing. You have lots to offer. I want to see you doing these things.”

Those were, and some still are, my fears.

For years my fears ruled my life and my emotions.   I allowed fear to become anger; the kind of anger that I would bottle up and unleash on the most unlikely candidate at the most inopportune times.  At times I would let my fear hold me captive to living in the shadows, hiding and sulking from my family and friends.  Sometimes I would even profess hate at either the circumstances or at the people involved and yes, even at God.   And other times I questioned why God would allow all of this to happen.

I don’t have all the answers.  But I realized one day that I had a choice.  I can let my fears rule over my heart, mind and soul, or I can allow God to heal me with His grace and truth, and give me hope to share with others.  Some days I make the right choices and some days I don’t.

Over time I’ve discovered I don’t have to let my fears define me.  2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” God keeps the promises His Word is filled with. He’s given us a spirit of power and a sound mind. Although some will probably debate if I have a sound mind {and I would probably lose!}.

Despite my fears, God has shown me He has plans to prosper and not harm me, plans to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He’s revealed Himself to be my Healer (Exodus 15:26); my Prince of Peace (Judges 6:24); my Protector, Defender and Abba Father who loves me no matter what (Psalm 68:5-6). God is my Daddy whose lap I can crawl into any time I become fearful.

Let’s begin to let go of our fears and take hold of these promises in His Word. We’re His daughters, protected and defended by His peace. Fears may have shaped our past, but they don’t have to define our future.

God, I praise You that You’re my Future and Hope, and that You love me no matter what. Thank You that I can run to You and crawl in Your lap when fear overtakes me. Thanks for being a Promise Keeper, and the Author and Perfecter of my faith. Help me seek You with my entire being and remember Your faithfulness. I love and thank You for the life You’ve given me in You. Cause me to honor and glorify You with my life, actions, speech and heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Can you relate to Donna’s story?  Do your fears define you or have they refined you?  Leave Donna a comment today  and you will be entered to *win one of three Untroubled Heart give aways!  An Untroubled Heart Online Bible Study begins March 25th right here on this blog. Sign up in the right column of this blog if you are interested in joining!

*Winners announced Sunday

 

 

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Feelings of Fear

There are so many verses in the Bible on fear.  I kind of think that God wouldn’t have put so many in there, if He didn’t think we’d need them. Fear is a natural feeling that requires a supernatural response if we are to get past it and move on living life fully. God tells us many times in the scriptures to “Have no fear” and “Do not be afraid.”  God says it, but can we really walk through life without fear?

Well let’s just be honest here, it’s not easy. Fear can be strong, brutal, and paralyzing. Fear can blur our future and keep us from our dreams. We want to trust God, but how?

We can’t eliminate what we feel when we face tough circumstances and situations in life. But we can fight the fear, talk to God about it, and live in His strength and not try to handle it alone.  We can cry out to God, meditate on His Word, choose to believe that He will get us through. We may still be on shaky ground, but we know God is capable of giving strength and a calm presence to our anxious hearts. We have to take action when we are afraid. We have a choice. We can freak out and give up on life or we can decide to believe what God says, take His hand, and trust Him. It might not be easy, but it’s possible.

If you have ever struggled with fear or anxiety, or if you are looking to increase your faith in God and His Word, I invite you to join me in my next Online Bible Study beginning March 25th.

All you need to participate is the book, An Untroubled Heart, by Micca Campbell. You can order it here or find it at almost any online book store or order it from a local bookstore.  Sign up for the study in the right hand column of my blog.

There are going to be many more give aways this week of our book and the conference call series, as well as a few more surprises on the way to kick off the beginning of our next study.

Congrats to Abby, Doreen, and Cynthia. You won An Untroubled Heart.  I notified you by email. Thanks for your comments on the last blogpost!

Do you have a favorite verse about fear?  If so share it with me and all of our readers in the online community today in the comment section.

Ok that’s all for today!  Blessings and Fear not ladies! We don’t have to, we have a God that is bigger than all our feelings of fear. Those feelings are fickle and can change. God will NEVER CHANGE.  Amen!

 

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