Study 2

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

Fear is debilitating and can keep people from moving forward. Fear is that sense that something is not going to turn out the way we want it to and it affects even the strongest of people. Fear is an emotion but it is tied to our thinking and so we have to change the way we think. There are a lot of real issues that warrant our initial thoughts and feelings of fear.

We have to train ourselves to stop in the moment and remember these words from our loving Savior:

• I am always with you.
• I am for you so who can be against you?
• I will fight for you.
• The one who is in you is stronger than the one in the world.
• I am on your side.
• I love you.
• I want what’s best for you.
• You will go out crying and return singing.
• Revenge is mine.
• I love justice.
• I see and hear everything.
• I am the righteous judge.

Overcoming fear and stepping in out in faith gets easier with practice, but our “giants” often get bigger as well. It seems trusting God and walking in faith comes in proportion to the level of faith and courage one possesses at the time. As a person’s faith grows, so do the challenges they face. We must value a more mature character or we will not be able to see the big picture of what God is trying to accomplish in our lives. If we do not value growth we will not walk straight through our valleys to get to the other side because we do not care about being more Christ-like. Being more like Christ means we must grow in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). We also must grow in knowledge, wisdom, discernment, serving, giving, mercy, and encouragement – among others.

Question: How do you define success? Is it the same way God defines success?

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