Fears that Drive our Attitudes and Decisions

Fears that Drive our Attitudes and Decisions

When I was on a prayer call with a friend this week, she mentioned that she was needing to make an important decision, but she didn’t want her decision to be influenced in any way by fearing how people would view her decision. I’m so glad that she is conscious of that and is watchful for that. The fear of our peer’s opinions is a trap we must watch out for—daily. It’s important to understand what it means to “fear the Lord” because if we’re not functioning under an active practice of fearing God—we will be making decisions driven by other fears. Below are a few that are a common struggle:

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Trusting God in a Fear-Filled World

Trusting God in a Fear-Filled World

Another shooting, another bombing, another headline that screams for our attention and sends fresh waves of fear. You may be ignoring the headlines or hiding your head in the sand when it comes to world events—but many of you may be suffocating in your own personal fears. I’ve dealt with fear a bit, and I want to share some truths I’ve found helpful. When your heart is overwhelmed with...

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Going Beyond the “Worry Prayers”

Going Beyond the “Worry Prayers”

Last week, we looked at a strategy for battling worry, and I feel like there’s so much more to say on this topic. Worry is one of those daily struggles and the worst thing about it, is worry robs us of a desire to glorify God. Worry wears down our faith and tempts us to view life through a limited and dark grid. When worry drives our thinking, then we’ll be running ahead of God’s grace for...

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Fearing the Next Terror Attack?

Fearing the Next Terror Attack?

When your heart is overwhelmed with fear, hearing the counsel to “Just trust God” can seem a bit unrealistic and even unsympathetic. But actually, the action of intentionally moving your heart to a place of trust is the safest, most reasonable and realistic thing you can do. Trusting God requires something, it is a hard choice and truly “trusting God” can only happen when you know His...

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The Strength-Depleting Spiral of Worry

The Strength-Depleting Spiral of Worry

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” (Corrie ten Boom) I drug myself out of bed, unwrapping myself from another fitful sleepless night. Worry had robbed me of blessed rest and now to face the day—teaching six Bible classes, preparing a final exam, and somehow getting supper on the table—I wanted to quit before I began. What was wrong with me? It...

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