Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Hello Friends,      

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
(2 Tim. 1:7)

Fear comes in many forms.  Whether it be a fear of losing people, our possessions or a fear of failure, most of us can relate to experiencing fear at some point in our lives.  And, when fear creeps in, sometimes God feels really far away.

The good news is that when it comes to fear, God has made some promises in His word.  If you are currently experiencing fear in your life, remember, you are not alone.  God’s presence surrounds you.  When we rely on our big God, our fears become small and we can begin to live courageously in the things God has called us to.

Max Lucado states, “Courage does not panic; it prays.  Courage does not bemoan; it believes.  Courage does not languish; it listens.  It listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, “Fear not.”  Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace.  Do you know God’s grace?  Then you can live boldly and robustly.  Feed your fears, and your faith will starve.  Feed your faith, and your fears will starve.”

Let’s remember to focus on the truth in Scripture and the promises of God when it comes to our fears.  Let’s feed our faith and starve our fears!  Here are a few Scripture verses to memorize and focus on this week:

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  (Isaiah 41:10)

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  (Matthew 6:25)

But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, “Be of good cheer!  It is I; do not be afraid.”  (Matthew 14:27)

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God; believe also in Me.  (John 14:1)

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:27)

May God’s presence be felt strongly this week as we build our faith through God’s word and prayer.

In Christ,
Mark Burrows