Just because I feel fear it doesn’t mean I have to react to the fear I have

Psalm 118:6 (AMPC) The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

I will not Fear!  Fear is the one of the devil’s tools in his toolbox to keep us from making progress and going forward.  Fear can stop us in our tracks and keep us from going forward and becoming who God wants us to be.

Mark 4:37-40 (AMPC) 37 And a furious storm of wind [[a]of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. 38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? 39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased ([b]sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm ([c]a perfect peacefulness). 40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no [d]firmly relying trust)?

We have been set free from fear as a Christian but it doesn’t mean that it will not come against us in life, especially when we are facing a storm in life.  God will take care of us no matter what kind of storm it is that we face.  Just because I feel fear it doesn’t mean I have to react to the fear I have.  When we recognize fear is keeping us from progressing we have the option to confront it rather than let us keep us in bondage.

Romans 8:31 (AMPC) 31 What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]

When we feel fear we are tempted to run.  Jesus died for us to have a good life and I am going to be determined to have a good life.  God is for us and greater than anything and anybody that can come against us.  A lot of time it appears that God is for other people but we are not convinced he is for us and on our side.  But He is for us and on our side.

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMPC) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

1 John 4:16 (AMPC) 16 And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.

God loves us unconditionally. We don’t earn God’s love by perfect behavior.  God just loves us.  God does so much for us every day and we don’t even realize or recognize the great blessings that come our way.  Understanding God’s unconditional love will give us the courage to boldly approach life and confront the fears we need to confront.

1 John 4:18 (AMPC) 18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love [a]turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear [b]brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

 

Additional Scriptures on fear:

Psalm 37:40

Psalm 36:2

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When we are unsure we can pray, trust, and believe

John 6:28-29 (AMP) 28 Then they asked Him, “What are we to do, so that we may habitually be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered, “This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent.” 

God is looking to use bold and courageous people to carry out His will in life.  We can go boldly before the throne of grace and ask for our heart’s desire and ask that we understand what is in God’s will for us.  We can never ask for too much, but when we don’t get all that we ask for we should not try to control what only God can grant us.  That is when we start to get into trouble.

Sometimes we are just afraid we won’t get what we are praying for so we develop our own back-up plans just in case we do not get what we are praying for.  We even start to manipulate circumstances and people just in case God does not see things the way we do.  We try to direct God’s path for our life rather than letting God direct our paths.  Maybe our prayer pattern can change so we learn to ask God for what we want and trust Him to give us what we need.  Go to God with the heart of thankfulness that He knows what is best for our lives. 

On the other side of trying to be in control we sometimes we fear we are not doing enough. It can be difficult to find that right balance in our life of controlling too much, not doing enough in our circumstance, and just not being sure of what the heck it is we are supposed to do.  When we are unsure we can pray, trust, and believe.

Romans 8:15 (AMP) 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “[a]Abba! Father!”

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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We cannot be happy with others if we are unhappy with ourselves

 

James 4:1-2 (AMPC) 4 What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Many of us fear being imperfect.  We cannot be happy with others if we are unhappy with ourselves.  We will always make mistakes and we cannot spend days of our life feeling condemned for things we have not done perfectly.  When we feel condemned it shows in our behavior and how we treat others.  God did not create us not to make mistakes.  Give yourself permission to be a human being.

Romans 11:32 (NLV) 32 God has said that all men have broken His Law. But He will show loving-kindness on all of them.

Suffering with a heart of imperfection is not helping us to do what is right.  When you mess up, God does not stop loving you for one second.  Get up, accept God’s forgiveness and move on in life.  We fail, we learn, and we move forward.  God chose us as his own.

Jeremiah 1:5 (AMP) 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Eternal life is not just about going to heaven, but overcoming this life while you are here on earth

When we are saved we have received Christ as our savior, believe he paid for our sins, and He comes and live inside of us.  Being saved is not about going to church every Sunday but living a life full of hope and power through the Christ that lives inside of us.

We don’t have to struggle to be saved.  Jesus has already paid for every sin.  Our sins are forgiven, we just have to receive forgiveness.  It can be tough to understand how God can forgive us for some of the horrible things we have done or continue to do.  God’s grace is so amazing that He forgives our sin.

John 3:16 (AMPC) 16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. 

That whosoever is you and me.  You can choose to believe whatever you want to.  You can choose to believe that no matter what your sin is or has been that God not only forgives your sins but He forgets them.  When you are born again a seed of everything God is comes to live inside of you.  That seed grows and grows and develops into great things and begins to be manifested inside of you until it develops beautiful fruit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMPC) 17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

You can have a new beginning.  All of your sins can be forgiven, you can have peace from God and receive eternal life.  Eternal life is not just about going to heaven, but overcoming this life while you are here on earth.  This forgiveness and grace is for every single one of us.  Don’t let the devil tell you that you do not deserve forgiveness and grace.  The great thing about grace is that it is a free gift to us from God.  God loves us that much!

If you believe in your heart and are ready to be saved, it is as simple as saying a prayer letting God know you are ready to get into relationship with Him.  If Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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We could drastically change our lives if we made the decision to stop settling for average and started pursuing excellence

Genesis 11:31 (AMPC) 31 And Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together to go from Ur of the Chaldees into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there.

How often have you started out with a goal but settled before you reached the finish line?  Refuse to settle for less than your best life.  If you set out to do something don’t settle when things begin to look tough.  What if you would decide today to give your all?  What if you confronted problems instead of running from them or settling for what is because progressing forward is too exhausting?

Many of us live a life we are just putting up with rather than the life we really want.  So many people settle. Don’t settle for OK when God has called us for excellence.  We could drastically change our lives if we made the decision to stop settling for average and started pursuing excellence.  

1 Corinthians 9:23-25 (AMPC) 23 And I do this for the sake of the good news (the Gospel), in order that I may become a participator in it and share in its [blessings along with you]. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. 25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.

God has great things in store for us.  We often feel like we are running a race in this life and getting nowhere.  Then as we our run race and we see things we desire pass us by, we often times just give up because this race in life can at times be incredibly difficult to endure.  When we give up we are not just giving up running, we are giving up victory.  Stay patient, pray to God and ask Him to guide you in your race, and do not given up!  God has a crown of eternal blessedness waiting for YOU.

Revelation 3:10-11 (AMPC) 10 Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the [a]lesson of My patience with the [b]expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown.

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Joy is strength

We all want to enjoy life.  For many of us, it can take some time for us to learn how we can do that.  Our background, the way we were raised and our current situation has an impact on how we view life and our attitude in general toward life.  Jesus actually died so we can enjoy our lives.  Not just a few days a year, but every day.

John 15:1-3 (AMPC) 15 I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you

Real joy comes from the inside not from what is going on around us.  We tend to think if we had a different life then things might be better.  We have to learn to enjoy the life we have and maximize our own life.  It is up to us to be happy with the life we have and stop looking at everything that is wrong in our lives.

John 15:4 (AMPC) Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.

Most of life is very ordinary.  It is up to us to be extraordinary in this ordinary world.  One way to take and ordinary life and make it extraordinary is to do everything we do with and for God.  We tend to separate our church and prayer life from our daily life.  It is time to do everything in fellowship with God.  It is not something we typically think of doing but we can develop the habit of including God with the choices we make each day from what it is we will eat for dinner, grocery shopping, to making difficult family decisions.  God is just as interested in our house cleaning as He is with our fellowship at a church attendance.

John 15:5-10 (AMPC) I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [[a]continue in His love with Me]. 10 If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.

When we learn to live by what God prompts us to do we may find more joy and peace with daily life – from little things to big things.  We all can hear from God.  We hear from Him in different ways.  That small voice inside of us that we know when something is right or wrong or we have some type of intuition – that is a prompting from God.

If the devil cannot keep us sad and mad, then He loses that battle.  Joy is strength.  The happier we are, the stronger we are.

John 10:10 (AMPC) 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Trust in God is letting go, doing what you can do, and stop trying to do what you can’t

God’s word is medicine for our soul.  We can take a dose of mercy, forgiveness, and love to heal things that ail us such as needing to be healed from unforgiveness and hate. The word of God tells us how to live physically, spiritually, and mentally.  It tells us actions we need to take, how to go to God in prayer, how to set our mind to believe in good things, and how to prepare for things that are not good.

1 Corinthians 13:9 (AMPC) For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).

When we do not understand things in life and we try to figure it out, the result will always be confusion.  We really don’t know God’s plan all the time and that can drive us crazy.  It is not intended for us to know everything, God reveals things to us a little bit at a time.  If we knew everything God knows then we would not need God.  Just because we do not know what is going on it does not mean we cannot trust God and continue doing good even though it sometimes doesn’t seem fair to do good.

The devil is always tempting us to take control in situations we don’t understand and tempting us to react before we go to God in prayer.  We have to be careful with the lies we listen to from the devil.  The devil is the author of confusion and will cause us to overthink every single situation.  If you want to make the devil mad, trust God and enjoy your life in the midst of your problems.  Trust is letting go, doing what you can do, and stop trying to do what you can’t.

The bible is full of mysteries and trying to figure everything out will not bring joy into your life.  If you want happiness in your life then realize that you are not going to figure everything out and you cannot fix everything.  Our trials transform us.  God has already planned the way out of our situation but we have to trust God and continuing doing good things in the midst of our problems.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (AMPC) 51 Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed)  52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen


 

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