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  1. Jim Hardy on March 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I know what fear is. I have to fight it off every day of my life. I have learned through the scriptures and the application of the scriptures by my Pastor and friend that fear is “me talking to me.” Fear is a faith failure. I must worship, work, wait and win the battle over fear. I have to be smarter than the serpent. Wisdom and understanding come from constant study of the God’s letter to us.

    When you are just a “little” afraid, you think you can handle it. When fear becomes a yoke you can’t carry, it is easy to give it to Jesus Christ because he can handle your heavy load easily. As Pastor Jeff says, “when sickness and pain find you, don’t be offended by God.” Strangely, sickness and pain can be a blessing — an opportunity to exercise our faith and testify to the victory. Don’t waste the pain — bring it! You can’t have victory unless there is an adversary.

    I have found that the best way for “ME” to defeat fear is to find someone to help. Find someone to serve. How about being a servant to Jesus Christ! It does not improve on God’s grace because God’s grace is already perfect; however, when you are doing Kingdom work, there is no room for fear — your glass is full of faith. Your faith and God’s Word will give you ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart to understand that God alone is in control.

  2. stephanie smith on March 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I did not know I could follow Dad on Twitter! (Except…I know nothing about Twitter).

    Thanks Dad for a very practical application. I can usually tell when I am buying into fear-my breathing gets shallow and the gears of my mind grind to an abrupt halt. At that point I have to physically stop and deliberately remind myself of who God is. I can’t predict what God will do, but I can remember who He is.

    If I blow past the moment of awareness of fear, all of my actions will be driven by it. Even smaller tasks become train wrecks when fear drives.

    Thank you for helping me physically stop and move into Faith today.