Fear not 3
'In every situation...present your requests to God.' Philippians 4:6 NIV
When we feel fear, we may think we've failed as a Christian. After all, we're told many times throughout the Bible not to be afraid. But it's not fear itself, but our response to fear that can cause us problems. Too often we allow our fears to overtake our lives and stop us doing things for God.
But, amazingly, most negative emotions can be converted into something positive to help us move forward in life. If we're afraid of not having enough, we can convert it into a good work ethic. If we're afraid of insignificance, we can convert it into a passion for serving others. We can turn our lives around by using our fear to do something worthwhile. However much we'd like a life with no fear, we probably won't experience that. But we can choose how we respond to our fears.
In Philippians it says: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). When we hand our fear over to God, he can replace it with peace. And when we're going through situations which cause us to feel afraid, we can respond with faith in a God who comforts, guides and never leaves us.
So what now? What is causing you to feel fear right now? Respond with faith, give your fears over to God to convert into something useful for his Kingdom.
Soulfood: Obad 2 John Matt 15:1-14 Ps 119:33-40 Pro 17:16,