How To Face Your Fears

Grace For The Journey

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8AprilPhotoHowToFaceYourFears  Fear is a fact of life. We fear everything from the dark to death . . . from loud sounds to strange environments . . . and, those things that go bump in the night! But the Bible provides a solution – we can face our fears, and it is done through a single word: FAITH! When our hearts are filled with faith, there is no room left for fear to take up residency.

I first heard this acronym from the great motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. Zig liked to say that FEAR is nothing more than . . .

F alse

E vidence

A ppearing

R eal

One of the best examples of this in all of sacred Scripture is found in the experience of the Israelites when they were spying out the land God had promised to them. When the spies came back with their reports, we clearly see just how much their fear caused “false evidence to appear real.”

We read about it in Numbers 13:26-28, “They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: ‘We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.’”

A portion of their report was true: the giant descendants of Anak were indeed living in the Promised Land, and the sons of Anak were feared by the Israelites. But what followed was not true. It was false evidence that merely appeared real, because fear took the place in their hearts that should have been occupied by faith. God had promised to give Israel possession of the land, but the spies said: “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” (Numbers 13:31-33)

So . . . what “giants” stand in your way today keeping you from entering your Promised Land? In your profession? In your marriage? At school? In your single walk with Christ?

Remember these words God spoke to the Israelites because they were spoken to you as well: “Be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; He will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.” (Deuteronomy 9:3)

This is a promise for you also! Charles Spurgeon said it beautifully: “No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, He has said to all. When He opens a well for one, it is that all may drink.” Stand in the strength of this well of fearless wisdom today. Hide this truth in your heart and whenever fear begins to rear its ugly head, faith will remove it at once. The following acrostics for FAITH should show us where our focus must be …

F orwarding         F eeling         F orsaking        F irm trust in God, knowing my life’s in His care,

A ll                          A fraid            A ll                       A lways looking to Jesus for answers to prayer

I ssues                  I                       I                            I nto His loving arms my soul I commit,

T o                         T rust             T rust                  T rusting Him, for all things, as I walk in His Way,

H eaven               H im                H im                     H is keeping power like a fortress each day.

Faith leads us into the arms of Jesus …

That is what the Bible declares in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

.This is God Word For Today …This is Grace for your Journey

… Rest And Rejoice In The Wonderful Truth

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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