Welcome to the last week of January 2021!! Did you catch our event last Thursday? If you didn't, you missed out! We were all so blessed by the worship music and our amazing speakers from Found Faithful! Tammy and Rebecca shared some great tips and steps we can take to go from being fearful to fearless. I thought I would use this week’s blog to give you a quick overview of what they presented.
They asked their readers to share their fears with them. After receiving numerous replies, a pattern of fear emerged that could be grouped in two main areas:
Fear of the future
Fear of failure
I can certainly relate with both of these groups. Once Tammy and Rebecca discovered this pattern of fears, they set out to make an action plan to overcome them. This action plan contains five steps. These are not impossible steps. We can all do them. Step 4 is probably the hardest to walk through. But, we will talk more about that later.
Step One: Prayer
We should intercede for our people. We should take them before the Lord in His throne room.
Hebrews 4 tells us to enter the throne room fearlessly. In Psalm 138:3 David says, “When I called you, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.”
Step Two: Remember God’s faithfulness and attributes
Rebecca encouraged us to memorize Phil 2:13 which says, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Tammy spoke of Ephesians 1 as a place to allow God’s truth to fill your mind. In hard times, she read this chapter daily as a reminder of his faithfulness.
They reminded us of a prayer in Eph 3:14-21 that we should pray over all our people.
Step Three: Engage fellow soldiers
We are in a spiritual battle in this world we live in at all times...even when we can’t see it. But, we don't have to fight it alone. This is where fellowship, friendship, and prayer partners truly matter. Rebecca found a little nugget when she was reading Phil 2:25 where Paul called Epaphroditus, a messenger, his fellow soldier. Eph 6:10 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” If you continue reading through Eph 6, you can read about the full armor of God. If you have never read this, go read it. It is meant to help you in spiritual warfare.
Step Four: Rejoice in suffering
This is the step that I see the hardest to complete. There are a few people that instantly pop up in my mind when I think of rejoicing in suffering. At first sight we can question...how do they do it? But if you look deeper, you can see a glimpse of how it might be possible. You see, they are doing all the things in these other steps faithfully and because of that they can rejoice.
Rebecca and Tammy spoke about Paul and Silas in Acts 16 where they were in prison. While in prison, they prayed and praised God. They had been stripped and beaten. They were placed in an inner cell of the prison, which is said to be the worst. But yet they rejoiced.
They gave us three ways to help with this step.
Every day write down three things you are thankful for. Rebecca gave a wonderful example of how she used this.
Praise & Worship! This is Tammy’s go to resource.
Recall God’s promises and claim them.
Step Five: Be alert & Clear minded
Stay mentally alert! Fear is NOT from the Lord! 2 Tim 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.”
If you have not seen our event from last week, you can still view it! Go to our website or our Youtube channel and be blessed by their message! There is so much more rich content and information than what I shared here today. We love these sisters in Christ and are so thankful for their faithfulness in doing what God has called them to do.
As we finish out our fourth week of discussing fear, I would love for you to share what you have learned this month about fighting fear and anxiety. Will you be using these steps that Tammy and Rebecca shared with us?