“GOD met me more than halfway, He freed me from my anxious fears.” –Psalm 34:4 (The Message)
Is that true for you? It CAN be…Let’s talk a bit about that…
Billy Graham speaks clearly how to conquer fear, anxiety, tension, and worry.
“Mankind has always been beset by worry, and the pressures of modern life have aggravated the problem…Many of you are filled with a thousand anxieties. Bring them to Jesus Christ by faith…”
He continues: “I am learning in my own life, day by day, to keep my mind centered on Christ; the worries and anxieties and concerns of the world pass, and nothing but ‘perfect peace’ is left in the human heart.”
Billy Graham reminds us, “Memorizing is most important. Thinking God’s thoughts will take the place of worried, anxious concerns.”
—The Christian Workers’ Handbook
“The Quality of Fear” by David Brooks (New York Times – 10/20/2014)
“Fear, of course, breeds fear. Fear is a fog that alters perception and clouds thought.”…”you wind up with an emotional spiral that develops its own momentum.”
A Fear-Busting Fog-Clearing Promise of God
“Know this well, then. Take it to heart right now: God is in Heaven above; God is on Earth below. He’s the only God there is. Obediently live by His rules and commands which I’m giving you today so that you’ll live well and your children after you…” –Deuteronomy 4 (The Message)
Here’s a Plan for Conquering Fear
- First pray to try to discover the source of your fear
- Set aside special time for Bible study for wisdom & prayer for insight. Do a word search to find fresh verses to “chew on”
- Write down and memorize Scriptures that pertain to your concern/fear. Add verses of praise/thanksgiving
- When anxious or afraid, stop to remember and meditate on God’s promises. Carry them with you in your pocket or purse.
- Serve others (it gets your mind off yourself and your fears)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV – emphasis mine)
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” –I Peter 5:7 (KJV)
I’ve shared some “ammunition” to fight fear. To choose God. To choose faith. To choose trust in God’s tender loving care for His children.
What will you decide to focus on?
(As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.) The Lord God tells us that whatever we focus on will grow.
So, dear ones, it is time to choose: Will you follow God or will you allow fear to snuff out your peace?
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” –Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
Know this: God can be trusted. He’s GOT this…WHATEVER “this” is for you. We are all different…
“God is the Blessed Controller of all things.” –I Timothy 6:15 (Phillips New Testament)
Beloved, God absolutely can be trusted. Even when things don’t make sense. Especially when things don’t make sense! He is a GOOD FATHER. He watches after His children.
The question is: ARE you one of His children? It is a conscious choice we must each individually make.
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If you are not sure if you are His child,
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Until next time…
God bless you bunches!
Awaiting His shout,
Christian Life Coach
Leading from Your Strengths Mentor