We All Face Fear
The news is getting more intense every day.
It can be hard not to feel fear every single day about the things that are going on in the world.
Luke 21:26 warns us that in the last days the hearts of men will fail because of fear.
There are a lot of negative and horrible things going on, and it’s also all being amplified by the media.
You have to know how to handle fear.
Fear is the Master of Distortion
To distort something means to pull or twist it out of shape; to give a misleading or false account or impression of something; to change the form of something.
That’s what fear does.
Fear makes every problem seem larger than it is. Like when you think a hypothetical worse case scenario could actually happen. Or when you hear scary sounds at night at your heart rate goes up.
It makes us lose sight of reality.
Jesus’s own disciples weren’t even exempt from facing fear.
They had witnessed Jesus ministering and healing sick people. In fact, they had just witnessed Jesus healing Peter’s own mother-in-law.
Jesus had cured lepers, rescued the centurion’s servant from death, and cast out demons. You would think that the disciples’ faith would’ve been unshakable.
But then they got in a boat to go across a lake, and fear started talking.
Matthew 8:23-27 says:
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Now, before you think these guys were spooked by a little storm on the water, keep in mind that they were experienced fishermen. They had seen many storms.
So, this one had to be pretty terrible, because it helped fear get the best of them.
Jesus was with them in the boat, and they were still freaking out!
But Jesus wasn’t; He was sleeping. And when they woke Him up, He didn’t sit around wringing His hands or saying, “I wish I would’ve checked the weather forecast before we left!”
No, Jesus rebuked the disciples.
See, they had left the shore on Jesus’s command, but instead of standing on Jesus’s word that they would make it to the other side, they looked at the reality of the storm. They felt the waves and the wind and heard the thunder, and fear set in.
One of the Enemy’s Most Effective Tactics
Fear is one of the enemy’s greatest and most effective tactics. He works really hard to set up the perfect scheme or scenario so he can play you like a fiddle if you don’t keep your eyes on the truth.
It worked on the disciples. Has it worked on you?
The disciples forgot everything they had just seen Jesus do for the Kingdom, and they focused on the storm.
What storms have YOU been focusing on?
God has already given you everything you need to overcome. You have been given His great and awesome authority in the earth realm. He is the God of answers, and He has given you the Holy Spirit to help you.
There’s no problem the Holy Spirit can’t solve.
Jesus brought Lazarus, who was dead, out of the grave. He performed miracle after miracle, healed all, and demonstrated the Kingdom everywhere He went!
So, as you hear the negative news reports, or as bad things happen that catch you off guard, you have to know what to do.
You have to be able to face the facts happening in the physical realm without being spooked, without wavering, and without allowing circumstances to yell louder than your faith or what God says.
Fear is a liar.
You don’t have to be afraid.
God has called you to be strong and courageous, to confront the lies, the insecurities, the inferiorities, and the intimidation of the enemy.
You can learn how to move forward in the face of fear.
You can learn how to handle fear so fear doesn’t handle you.
Our brand-new Faith Over Fear 6-CD series can help.
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