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Overcoming Fear

Grape ripening vineyardsI love food, don’t you?  I am one of those people who has no downtime when it comes to eating.  I love to eat when I am happy and I love to eat when I am sad.  I eat to celebrate success and I eat when I am bored. When I go out with friends, the key question is, “Where should we eat?”  When I am home alone, my most important trip of the day is the walk to the fridge.  I love to eat.

Feed to Grow

Food is good.  In fact, it is essential for life. Every living thing from the platypus to the hot-house orchid must be fed to live. Without food, things die.  These are just a few of the core principles that God has woven into the fabric of our universe.  They cannot be violated.  They stand firm.

That is why it should come as no surprise to us that for our faith to grow, it must be fed.  The opposite is also true, if we don’t feed our faith, it will die and in its place doubt and fear will thrive.

Unfortunately, the habit of feeding our doubts, worries, and anxieties comes naturally to many of us. We’re experts at that.

Feed to Grow Fear

To feed fear, all we need to do is:

  • Think about the feared thing all the time
  • Research the dreaded outcomes
  • Rehearse the worst case scenario
  • Pretend we wouldn’t survive if the unimaginable came true
  • Recite these things in our minds
  • Tell them to our friends
  • Visualize them as if they already occurred
  • Repeat the process, again and again

Constant repetition keeps worry and fear alive.

Feed to Grow Faith

Feeding your faith is no different.  What you feed will grow, and what you starve will die. But when you change your thinking, you will change your life. As believers in God, our faith always needs to be fed in at least three areas:

  • who God is
  • what He has done
  • what He promises to do.

Think how much better your day will go when you feed on these truths. When life seems chaotic, simply recall that He is a God of order and that He always has a plan. When you feel forgotten, the wonder of a God who cares for the birds reminds you that He will care for you. When an uncertain future looms large, His promises that His plans for you are always for good brings comfort to your soul.

To feed faith:

  • Dwell on God, not on the circumstances
  • Imagine the rescue that lies ahead
  • Rehearse the glorious outcomes
  • Stand firm in knowing He will always provide
  • Recite His promises constantly
  • Explain His faithfulness to friends
  • Visualize the truth, knowing it will occur
  • Repeat the process, again and again

Constant repetition is the key to keeping faith and hope alive.

The Choice Is Yours

We have two choices on our daily menu. What we feed will determine who we are and where we end up. Someone has penned a beautiful saying that captures this truth in a memorable way.

“Sow a thought, reap an action,

Sow an action, reap a habit,

Sow a habit, reap a character,

Sow a character, reap a destiny!”

What we sow, we reap.  What we feed will grow.  One new thought today can begin a habit that will change your destiny.

Listen to audio “Overcoming Fear” & Learn:

Overcoming fear by feeding faith doesn’t come naturally.  Discover specific, practical techniques for growing your faith.  Download a complete handout listing God’s specific promises for over 25 areas of struggle (anxiety, loneliness, false guilt, etc.)  and begin feeding your faith today.

  • Arm yourself with practical tools to help you fight your fear
  • Watch fear fade as your faith begins to take root and grow

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