Sunday, June 8, 2014

God's Strength Eliminates Fear

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God's Strength Eliminates Fear

What is fear? and in what kinds of situations do  we experience fear?
Fear is: terror, dread, panic, horror, worry, concern, anxiety and distress.  We might experience any or many of these feelings during both good and bad times. 
Let me give you a few examples:
- What if you were starting a new job? Even if it's a desired job there is still fear involved.
- The more obvious example is if you were about to have surgery - of course dread and worry are normal feelings.
- Maybe you are moving to a new town, which is exciting but also concerning and anxiety causing.
Fear is a normal part of life but when we focus on fear - that's when the "dismayed" part comes in.  Let's look at Isaiah 41:10 - first God says "do not fear, for I am with you", then God says "do not be dismayed, for I am your God." 

"Dismayed" is not a word that is used often in today's society.  Here is the meaning of "Dismayed" - to cause to lose courage or resolution, to cause to lose enthusiasm;  disillusion (Merriam-Webster & the Free Dictionary)

What is the opposite of fear?
- confidence
- assurance
- belief
- faith
- trust

These are the positive emotions that we will feel when we rely on God and draw from His strength.

How do we draw from God's strength?
- Through constant prayer
- Through meditation on the Bible - God's Word
- Through worship
- Through fellowship
-  And finally, by taking that first step of faith

Taking that first step of faith is the most difficult part.  Think of it this way - climbing a mountain starts with one step!

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  1. Beautiful blog to read on o Sunday! I'm co hosting with june Giveaway! Great blog and will go explore!

  2. So true! I've been posting about my step (leap!) of faith in going to Kenya. I'd love for you to come by and visit!


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