Fear is a normal part of life—it keeps us safe from harm. But, fear can also control our lives and keep us from taking risks or trying new things. A life controlled by fear, rather than faith, becomes a self destructive power. Fear is not just an unpleasant feeling. Fear is a
hindrance to everything God has called you to be and to do. Fear can single-handedly keep us from experiencing the fulfillment of promises that God has already made us.
BIG IDEA: Fear is the emotional outburst of unbelief. Faith is a choice to take God at his word.
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For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
A Prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to wild, enthusiastic, and triumphal music.
Habakkuk 3:1 (AMP)
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me…
Psalms 23:4 (NLT)
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus immediately said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here!”
Matthew 14:25-27 (NLT & NIV)
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
Psalms 18:33 (NLT)
The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)