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Do Not Be Afraid: The Opposite of Fear.


As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Mark 5:36

Recommended Reading
Luke 8:49-55 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%208:49-55&version=NKJV )

When we think of faith, we think of belief. And when we think of the opposite of belief, we naturally think of unbelief. Therefore, we conclude that the opposite of faith is unbelief. And from a dictionary perspective, that is true. But the Bible usually sets something besides unbelief in opposition to faith — and that is fear. From a grammatical point of view, the opposite of believing may be not believing. But from the perspective of life, the opposite of faith is fear.

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Jesus demonstrated this clearly when a Jewish man begged Him to come and heal his sick daughter. On their way, friends of the man met them and said it was too late — the little girl had died. But Jesus said to the man, “Do not be  afraid ; only  believe .” Jesus didn’t tell the man not to  doubt  — He told him not to  fear.  Faith and hope are focused on the future. Facing the future without faith and hope is a good reason to be fearful. Going forward, we have two choices: faith or fear.

Whether the future you are focused on is five minutes, five months, or five years away, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
George Muller

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Mark 14-16

By David Jeremiah.

The Fear Factor.


Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance… He will come and save you.”
Isaiah 35:3-4

Recommended Reading
Matthew 6:25-34 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206:25-34&version=NKJV )

Have you ever watched a scary movie and struggled to sleep afterward? Our minds are easily filled with images of  what if.  As children we run to our beds, leaping onto them, afraid that a monster may grab our legs before we make it to safety. We beg our parents to turn on the lights as they check our closets and under our beds. It’s easy to get caught up in a story, forgetting about the end where the hero emerges to set things right.

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The same is true when we think about the end times. We can spend so much time worrying and trying to identify the Antichrist that we forget about the ending: Christ is coming. We don’t need to be afraid as we wait for our coming King. He has promised to conquer His enemies and save us. Courage and strength can replace our fear when we realize that our future is secure.

Any time we open ourselves up to fear, we fall prey to his deceptions and intimidations. Yet, if we submit our hearts to God and stand in faith, we can resist those first fearful thoughts. As we yield to God we can master our reactions to fear and the enemy will soon flee.
Francis Frangipane

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Isaiah 38-40

By David Jeremiah.

Faithless Fear.


He himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they woke him up, and told him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are dying?” – Mark 4:38

These words imply that the disciples thought Jesus did not care about them in their danger – that He was neglecting them by sleeping while they might die. This was not true at all! They were never safer than they were that moment, in the middle of the storm. The boat the Lord traveled on could not sink . Faith should have trusted despite the darkness.

Yet don’t we also, at least in our hearts, say the same thing to our Lord? When we are in a difficult time and He does not come to save us; when we seem about to be crushed by the waves of adversity, and no relief comes down from Him. Do we never say, “Jesus does not care that I’m dying” ? When we pray so hard and long that a heavy burden would be lifted and no answer comes, does the thought arise in our minds that Jesus doesn’t hear us?

Such a complaint is never just. Sometimes he may notseemto care. The disciples had some lessons to learn. One was how helpless they were in the face of a dangerous world. Another was that Christ alone could deliver them. They could not learn these lessons except in the storm with their Master asleep. Like the disciples, we have lessons we cannot learn until Christ withholds his help for awhile. Sometimes He hides Himself for a season just to teach us faith, but He is never indifferent to us. He never neglects or forgets us. He always pays attention and at the right moment He comes to help us.

We should learn to trust our Lord so strongly that any time we are scared we can have peace from our worry knowing that He will take care of us.  After all, no matter what happens in this life we are assured of salvation and eternal peace and joy in the next!

By Vine.


Bible In A Year: June 23rd…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Psalm 96-100 1 Kings 11:14-12:24 Acts 15:22-41 Psalm 77:10-20

Masking the wounds…


By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“…I have concealed my sin as people do, by hiding my guilt in my heart because I so feared the crowd and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside…”
-Job 31:33-34

So many of us, if not all of us, live in some kind of fear. And the more wounded we’ve been in our lives, the more fearful we become, and the more likely it is that we wear masks to cover those wounds.

So, we do it. We build religious masks, we talk about how holy we are, we post to Facebook or call others to tell them about all the volunteering or ministry that we’re doing. I do this, then I catch myself, and I think, oh, I shouldn’t have done this.

We also wear masks for work or academia. We love to brag about all the positive things that we’re accomplishing. We want to be thought of as the smartest, the most talented, or the most sought after.

We go into debt to buy stuff we don’t need to uphold these masks of success so our friends and others will like and admire us. Sometimes we wear masks for people we don’t even like. We catch ourselves caught up in the heavy burden of dishonest, mask-wearing lives.

But, that’s not what God wants for us. He wants us to lay down our masks, be our true selves, and find relief and peace in the easy yoke of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, help me to walk in your easy yoke. Help me to be honest, revealing my true self with humility, courage, and love. Amen.

Reflection: What mask do you wear that you would like to take off today? How will your life be different without the burden of mask-wearing?

Five Ways to Handle Irrational Fear.


Mind-crippling, spine-tingling, heart-stomping fear – we’ve all experienced it at one time or another. Fears of several varieties took hold of my heart early on as a young adult, but through the years God has brought amazing freedom.

We’re not talking about the good kind of fear that alerts your spirit to an approaching enemy, that moves you into action to protect the ones you love, or that promotes a healthy respect for God. Those fears are healthy. And not all fears are irrational. Some move in and out quickly without disrupting our lives.

But what about the other kind? Where does irrational fear originate? And how do you keep those fears from taking permanent residence in your life? Here are five ways to handle irrational fear:

1. Cry Out to Jesus

Years ago as a young minister’s wife, I remember fighting a phobia whenever my husband would leave town for a revival or other commitment. The irrational fear only lasted for a short season. But one night I awoke sweating, my heart racing with panic. In those fearful moments, I did the only thing I knew to do: I cried out to the Lord. “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”

I’m surprised I didn’t wake my young children with those loud cries of distress. But God heard them. While I would always miss my husband, I never entertained those irrational fears again. Jesus took them from me. That was my first experience of “crying out to God,” but I learned the freedom it brought.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10, NIV). The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry,” (Psalm 34:15, NIV). I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears(Psalm 34:4, NIV).

2. Cling to God’s Word

In those dark moments when fear stalks its victims and whispers irrational thoughts, God’s Word is a light, speaking peace and unfolding the truth.

The unfolding of your words gives light (Psalm 119:130, NIV). Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105, NIV).

In my blog I repeat the truth often, about the importance of God’s Word. But it’s never trite and has become a firm belief in my heart. The Bible is not a tool we use to bang on the heads of others to convince them of our beliefs. God’s Spirit is well able to impart life-changing truths through the pages of Scripture to the seeking heart. His Word holds the keys that will set us free from fear.

It would take too many posts to tell you the many ways God’s Word has been my light, my comfort, my guide, and my counselor – through dark times, through confusing times, through hurting times – at all times. I am constantly amazed at the questions people ask about problems they face and issues they fear. And yet when I quiz them if they have consulted His Word to find answers, they often respond no. I will be the first to admit that when I’ve failed to seek God in His Word first, and instead tried to figure things out my way, the results were always discouraging and often disastrous.

3. Cast Your Cares (and Fears) on Him

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you (Psalm 55:22, NIV).

Try writing out a list of things that make your knees shake and your heart rate increase unnecessarily. Then present them to God, one by one. Irrational fears about your children? Give them – and your children – into God’s care. He made them, and He loves them far more than you ever could.

Afraid of failing? What’s the worst thing that could happen? You might be forced to trust God completely. Fling that fear on God. Fear of being alone? Fear of being rejected? Fear of dying? Fear of divorce? Fear of debilitating illness? Fear of not being a good dad or mom? Fear of people? The list of phobias may grow as you begin to identify them. When your list is complete, give all those fears to God and then rip up your sheet.

Or, do some research on your own. Find a promise in God’s Word that deals with each fear. Place the Scripture beside it, and keep it handy near your desk or mirror to refresh your mind that God will take care of them – and you.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3, NIV). They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7, NIV).

4. Confess Your Inability and God’s Ability to Remove Those Fears

Remember who God is, and who you are – His child. He is worthy to be trusted. No matter what you’ve experienced in your Christian life so far, or how little you know about God, one thing I will stake my life on: God is beyond faithful. He has never broken a promise. He never will. Can you say that about anyone else? Without God, we can do nothing. But with Him? I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13, NIV).

God’s presence is with us – and that makes all the difference in the world. He wants us to live in freedom, not in bondage to the tentacles of fear.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4, NIV). So do not fear, for I am with you’ do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, NIV).

5. Call a trusted friend or Christian counselor to intercede for you

There are times when irrational fear attacks us suddenly, or roots itself too deep for us to handle at the moment. In the past, I enlisted about five or so women who agreed to be “prayer warriors” for me in my speaking and writing ministry, and even for my responsibilities as a minister’s wife.

I remember one morning particularly when it seemed that an ominous presence had settled in around me. Fear gripped my heart for no reason. I couldn’t even label the fear. But I knew it was more than I could handle at the moment. I began crying out to God, but this particular time, I also called one of those women to intercede for me. She did so. A short time later, the fear subsided and I could think rationally and soundly again.

Pray for one another that you may be healed. The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen (James 5:16, NIRV). Be not afraid of sudden fear (Proverbs 3:25, KJV).

Recognize that irrational fear does not originate with God. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (1 Timothy 1:7, NKJ).

If you find that your phobias are ruling your life, it might be time to enlist the help of a Christian counselor. Some fears may be buried in the rubble of trauma, abuse, or other intense circumstances from your past. Find one that will use God’s word as a guide, coming alongside you to refill the holes created by fear with God’s grace and tender love.

Not an Exhaustive List

This is obviously not an exhaustive list of fears or how to deal with them. But it’s a start on how to handle the crippling kind – the irrational fears that push faith out and usher defeat in.

It’s Your Turn: How Do You Handle Fear?

Do you, or have you struggled with irrational fears? How do you deal with them? Please share in the comments below.

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Publication date: April 3, 2013

Overcoming the Fear Factor.


EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an extract from An Untroubled Heart: Finding a Faith That Is Stronger Than All My Fears by Micca Campbell (David C. Cook).

Worry, fear, and anxiety were never meant to be a part of our vocabulary, and yet most of us worry more than we’d care to admit. What are you afraid of? Are you scared of waking up to an intruder in the middle of the night? Perhaps it’s flying on an airplane. Maybe it’s the fear of sending your child off to college. Perhaps your greatest fear is not being able to provide for your family. Most of us can find something that haunts us.

Panic best describes the emotion I felt when the nurse rolled Jimmy out into the living room. Both of his legs and most of his fingers had been amputated. Jimmy was the father of my son’s friend. Beset with diabetes, he was at the end of his life, but refused to let go. Concerned about whether Jimmy knew the Lord or not, I had phoned his wife, Juanita, and asked if I could visit him.  I wanted to be sure that Jimmy would meet his Creator as Savior and not as Judge.

Jimmy’s deteriorating condition took me by surprise. When I saw him I was terrified. I whispered to the Lord under my breath, “Oh, God, how can I minister to this man when I don’t know what he’s been through?” Even though I was scared stiff, somehow I knew God would show up to do what I couldn’t do. That’s exactly what He did because God has given us this promise. ““I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).

As Jimmy and I talked, it was apparent that he knew the Father, but I sensed there was more. We weren’t far into our conversation when I discovered the real trouble with Jimmy — he was afraid to die.

I told Jimmy Bible stories about God sending angels to people in need, people just like him. Those angels had a special message: “Fear not, for God is with you!” As I shared with Jimmy, peace washed over his face as he received the message for himself.

At Jimmy’s funeral his wife shared Jimmy’s last moments with me. Jimmy would often wake from his sleep wide-eyed and call out, “I’m afraid!” Juanita would pat him gently and remind him of God’s promise: “Don’t be afraid, Jimmy. God is with you.” Then he would sleep again. The last time Jimmy opened his eyes, he just stared at the ceiling. His wife asked, “Jimmy, are you afraid?” Jimmy whispered, “No, I’m not afraid. I’m just looking at the angels.” With that, Jimmy stepped from this world into the next.

I find it interesting that while Jimmy’s outcome didn’t change, the way he experienced death changed because he trusted in the promise of God. I experienced this same truth in my life. Even though I pleaded with God to save my first husband from death, it wasn’t God’s plan. Yet I chose to trust God’s purpose. In spite of my fear, I chose to believe what I couldn’t understand. Doing so changed the way I journeyed through life and the valley of death. I had a companion named Jesus.

Jimmy’s story reminds me that when I’m afraid, I need not fret because the same promise God made to Jimmy, He makes to you and me: “Fear not, child, for I am with you.” In fact, did you know that the phrase “fear not” is stated in the Bible 366 times? That’s one “fear not” for every day of the year, with one extra left over for those really hard days. Why does God faithfully remind us over and over to “fear not”? He does so because we are not created to live in fear.  Second Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”  You and I were created to live by faith, and in God, we have all the power we need for a faith that is stronger than all our fears.

It’s a Problem of Faith

The truth is, most of what we worry about never comes to pass, but we insist on tormenting ourselves anyway. Worrying about what may or may not happen can nearly drive us crazy.  A lot can go wrong in life, but God doesn’t want us to become worrywarts.

It takes faith to battle fear and learn to live with assurance in a God we can bank on.  Unfortunately, most people go through life missing opportunities because they’re afraid to really live the way God intended. Fear becomes a stumbling block that leaves us with regrets. Relying on our faith allows us to live fearlessly.

False Advertisement

My youngest son loves chocolate milk. One day as I stirred syrup into a tall glass of milk, I noticed that the label on the bottle read “Genuine Artificial Flavor.” I was shocked! What appeared to be look and taste real was actually artificial!  I felt cheated and deceived. This was false advertisement.

In the same way, the father of lies specializes in false advertisement. He’s good at making our fears look real when they are not. In fact, Satan’s greatest tool for causing us to doubt God’s protection is the fear that God will not follow through with His promises. The Enemy works hard to convince us that God is too busy to do anything about our concerns. If anything is going to be done about our situation, we’ll have to do it ourselves. Like the boogeyman, Satan’s spooks are all smoke and mirrors. We can easily expose his trickery by determining if there is really something to fear or if our concerns are simply…

False
Evidence
Appearing
Real

This acrostic for fear is the kind of shock wave Satan uses to stun us. While the sting of fright feels real, in truth it’s merely the trickery of Satan that gets our heart pounding. It’s important for you and me to determine if our fears are real or simply Satan’s hocus-pocus. If it’s a real concern, I heed its warning. On the other hand, if my worry is false evidence that just appears real, then I know the Enemy is involved.

You may be skeptical right now, but when you realize you were created for faith, not fear, things will begin to change for you. You’ll learn how to rely on God’s care while giving Him your cares, you’ll be able to identify His goodness and mercy in your life, and you’ll overcome your fears of loneliness and insecurity.  Before you know it, you’ll be able to say along with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Published on March 19, 2009

Micca Campbell


Micca Campbell is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and is the author ofAn Untroubled Heart-Finding Freedom From Fear. Micca’s passion is to know God and make Him known. She, her husband, and their three children reside in Nashville, TN.

No Fear!


…do not be afraid…
Joshua 1:9

Recommended Reading
Joshua 1:6-9 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%201:6-9&version=NKJV )

Last summer, U.S. flags flying at half-mast honored the people slain by a disturbed gunman in a movie theater in Colorado. Only weeks later, flags were again lowered to half-mast to remember those slain at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. These tragic shootings elicited fear as people lamented the loss of life and faced the fearful forecast of an unsafe world.

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Fear is a word that no one wants to own. “No fear” has become a popular slogan for living on the edge. But in the Christian arena, “No fear” is a call of surrender, not rebellion.

It’s a call to courageously live out God‘s divine purpose for us. God challenged Israel’s commander Joshua to fearlessly focus his mind and heart on God’s purpose for him — to occupy Canaan, the land which God had given the Israelites.

Our marching orders are found in the pages of God’s Word: to occupy our homes, neighborhoods, churches, and places of employment with His love and for His glory.

Perhaps your priorities are misplaced and fear is setting on your horizon. Follow God’s priority for success: “…meditate in [God’s Word] day and night…” (Joshua 1:8). And then occupy your position, your purpose, for His glory — until He calls you home. No fear!

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Hebrews 12:1-13:25

By David Jeremiah.

How I’m Learning to Overcome Fear.


I’m afraid of the dark.
Always have been and probably always will be. It could be contributed to some incidences in my childhood or it could be contributed to just plain ol’ kid fear carried over. Either way it’s true and it’s as real and paralyzing today as it was when I was seven years old.

I remember frantically and fearfully running up my grandparents staircase, every time, because I was sure someone was following me.

I remember sleeping with the bathroom light on because I feared someone sneaking in my window or breaking in the house. Somehow I thought if I could see everything, it would never happen.

I remember never watching movies with lights off because I was afraid of someone sneaking in and scaring us.

I remember, as a teen, running to my car at night with my keys between my fingers and my rape whistle in my mouth forfear that anyone could jump me at any moment.

I remember, just this morning, locking my car doors as I drove down Sunset Blvd because you never know, someone could jump in.

Silly right?

Monday I mentioned my mother laid a framework for the importance of Scripture in life. She would write verses should thought I might glean from on 3X5 cards and sprinkle them in various areas of my life. My car, my room, my bathroom mirror, my backpack, my wallet, my door, my dresser. They were everywhere.

But the verse first one she ever gave me was this:

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

She knew my fear. She knew it was an understandable fear but it was crippling in life. My fear is not based on reason. It originated from a justifiable reason, but that reason no longer exists.

And my little “preventative” actions I’ve habitualized over the years created a false sense of safety. It went from a silly childlike fear of the dark to a deep emotionally paralyzing fear that haunts me.

There is no real ending to this story because it’s still being written. I sleep in the dark now but only because I’m married and I know anyone getting to me has to go through him. haha. But my mind and heart and spirit are becoming less and less paralyzed everyday.

If you don’t know Jesus, you will experience fear.
If you do know Jesus, you will still fear. But you don’t have to.

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For the month of October I am going through verses that have changed my life. Do you have those verses? Share them with us!

By Julianna Morlet

Speaking Out of Fear.


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GodPhilippians 4:6

Speaking out of fear always leads to evil (Ps. 37:8). God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7). Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). When we fear—and speak at the same time—what we say will come out wrong and may get us into serious trouble.

Take, for example, Abraham telling people that his wife was his sister. Abraham journeyed to Egypt and, knowing how beautiful his wife, Sarah, was, ordered her to say that she was his sister—so both of them would be spared. Abraham feared that someone would kill him in order to have her. So she did what he commanded.

It worked for a while. She was taken into Pharaoh’s palace, where she was safe, while Abraham prospered. But God stepped in. The Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Sarah. Pharaoh somehow knew that God had caused these diseases and knew that Sarah was Abraham’s wife. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife?” (Gen. 12:18). Abraham and Sarah mercifully were spared. They would never know what God Himself might have done had they trusted Him. Years later Isaac made the same mistake, repeating the error of his father (Gen. 26:7-22).

Speaking out of fear comes from assuming God is not going to look after us—so we speak in unbelief. It is the folly of self-protection. The truth is, God stepped in for both Abraham and Isaac. He will for us, too. But when we give into unbelief and speak—thinking we are justifiably protecting ourselves, our sin has a way of backfiring on us.

Excerpted from Controlling the Tongue (Charisma House, 2007).

By R. T. KENDALL.

Fear not…


Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’ Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.”Matthew 8:26, NLT

During his message on the Hour of Power, renowned speaker/author/pastor Max Lucado shared, “According to one psychiatrist, children today have the same level of fear that psychiatric patients had in the 1950s.

Fear, it seems, has moved into the neighborhood and has taken up shop.

Yet, for all the noise that fear makes, do you think that fear does any good?
“Fear never wrote a symphony.

Fear never wrote a poem.

Fear never led a nation out of bigotry or a people out of poverty.

Fear never built a church.

Courage did. Faith did.

Jesus did.

But fear, it takes us into a prison and locks the door.

Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?
“Can you imagine your life without fear?.

Can you imagine just one day, just twenty-four hours void of the dread and anxieties of life.

What if I had a fear magnet and I could just hover it over you heart and extract every shaving of dread?.

Would you be a better parent a better spouse?.

Would you laugh more sleep better?.

Yes, and so would I.
“That’s why we love this question from Jesus: “Now, why are you afraid?”

We love it because there’s a promise.

There’s a promise within this question and that promise is: You don’t have to be afraid.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I lift up to you my fears.

I ask for your comfort and pastoral presence.

May I become even more a person of faith and less a person of fear. Amen.
Reflection: What is causing you to fear today?.

Imagine yourself on that storm-tossed boat with Jesus as he rebukes the waves and calms the wind.

Now, do the same in regards to what you’re dealing with today.

How does Jesus calm your fears?.

By A Positive Minute from the Hour of Power

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