Ephesians 6:14-17 reads "Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

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“Fear”

2 Timothy 1:7

“7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. All of us feel fear. It is the way we operate, and it is one of the strongest weapons that the enemy uses against us because it is the opposite of what faith is. Fear is what keeps us from taking risk and allowing faith to take place.

Our lives sometimes go in a different direction because we fear what might happen if something bad takes place. We feel fear because a lot of us care about what others might think. Fear happens because we don’t want to fail in front of people, or disappoint family or friends. Fear is very natural, and we all experience what it has to offer us.

“Though fear is natural, it is not right. We are called to pattern our lives after the Way described in the Bible. We are not called to fear what following the way of Jesus may require of us, but that doesn’t mean those fears won’t crop up. A life of following Christ requires relinquishing those fears when they do come. It means refusing to let your fears of what others think, your fears of rejection, keep you from pursuing the truth about the Holy Spirit and whatever else God is teaching you and calling to you. Open up your mind and your life to the leading of the Spirit, regardless of what others may think or assume about you.”

Francis Chan

Question: Do you let fear get the best of you at times? Is fear blocking you from something God wants your to do right now? Do you need let God move in and conquer your fear?


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