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Deal with your fears

'Say to those who are fearful-hearted, "Be strong..."' Isaiah 35:4 NKJ

An old man was asked what had stolen most of his life's joy. He replied, 'Things that never happened!' Our fears are the worst liars; we should never make decisions based on them.

Instead we should: (1) Tackle them head-on. King David did: 'When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you' (Psalm 56:3 NLT). Bill Hybels is pastor of one of the world's biggest churches. As a kid he was timid, but his dad kept challenging him. Bill says, 'He'd take me down to our produce company and bark out, "Billy, reverse that lorry!" ...I'd drag myself into the cab of that 40-foot artic, shaking with fear. Sometimes it would take me 45 minutes and the lorry would be half jackknifed...but when I crawled out, dad would say, "Good job." And next would be easier.' How do we conquer fear? By confronting it! (2) Hang out with brave people. Solomon said, 'Walk with the wise and become wise...' (Proverbs 13:20 NIV). Don't hang out with people who habitually cave in or play it safe. Hang out with brave people. Read up on brave Bible characters, like Daniel, Deborah, Esther and Peter. (3) Go for it. Dealing with fear isn't optional, it's foundational. We need it to live each day for Jesus, to build better relationships, to reach the lost and care for the broken.

So what now? Today God says to you, 'Be strong,' whatever you are facing. But you can't expect him to do all the work; you've got to deal with your fears!

Soulfood: Exodus 20:1-17, Matt 5:1-12

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