January 13, 2013

fearful.

I walked into church today, opened the bulletin, and saw the sermon title "How to handle fearful times."
Sermon notes from today. I am in love with this church. 

Wow. Just when you think God isn't listening...He is...and is prepared to heal you.

FEAR: a sudden attack of anxiety.

I worry...constantly.  Most days it eats away at my heart and soul...it consumes my body and eats away at every ounce of my being. Why?

I worry about everything. Life. Careers. Relationships. Change. Money. Failure. Success. It doesn't even have to be my own fear. I worry about everyone else's too...the girl in my class, the person sitting on a bench in town, and the people that I love so dearly. 

Reverend Chris said that we all are fearful...we just have different fears. As I sat there during church I felt this overwhelming feeling. Fear. Once again it was rising up in me just as it does every day. What's the answer?

God brings the SOLUTION to our fears.  The Bible was written during fearful times.  

1. God helps us to handle our fears when we PRAY.
Think of something that is bothering you right now.  What is it?  I know that I am anxious of what is going to happen when I move.  How are things going to change?  How am I going to handle it?

We become PARALYZED by our fears.  I know I do...on a daily basis.  I get so sucked in thinking about them that my heart just hurts from thinking about them so much.  I mull over them...I beat them until I can't beat them anymore.  

I pray to give it over to Christ...but it doesn't leave...why?  I haven't FULLY given it over to HIM.  I say I am going to let him have control but I don't...I give it over, then take it right back, like a feisty game of fetch with a dog.  

I need to offer it...lay it down at my Father's feet, just like Abraham laid Isaac at his Father's feet.  Abraham was so obedient..."Here I am," he replied. An angel of God said,  "Do not lay a hand on the boy; Do not do anything to him.  Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld me from your son, your only son."

David in Psalm 34 sang, "I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears."

Today...I vowed to lay my fears at my Father's feet. Today ,I will not let them encompass me anymore.Today...I am washed in the white of the Lamb.

2. We pray to Him, but we must also OBEY Him. 

Until we act on our conversation with God..nothing will happen. Paul in Acts 18 heard God in a vision, "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you..."

Paul listened, he called out to God. Prayer is a two way conversation.  

When we least expect it...it will happen. 

God used Rev. Chris to help calm my fears...He spoke to me when I most needed it.
Today is the start.
I am going to...SPEAK up to God, STAND up to fear, and MOVE out of fearful times.

because faith in Christ and prayerful soul will heal all.