We have a saying in our family, "Abbotts always come through." We have a solid conviction that no matter what happens, God can take our challenges and turn them into something good. We have no reason to fear.
Several of Jesus' disciples were fishermen, and occasionally Jesus used their boats to travel to his next destination.
One evening they were crossing the Sea of Galilee with Jesus asleep in the stern of the boat. While they were underway, a fierce squall arose, and the wind and waves threatened to overwhelm their boat. They were taking on water as each new wave washed over them, and it was only a matter of time before they would sink if the situation didn't rapidly improve.
This was a true emergency; these fishermen were not over-reacting when they thought they might die during this storm. Everyone who has been in a storm at sea knows exactly how they felt.
Jesus slept through the storm until the fishermen woke him up and said, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" Jesus rebuked the wind and waves, and the storm immediately subsided. Then Jesus said to his comrades, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
Why wasn't Jesus afraid?
Jesus knew that he didn't come into this world to drown in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was following God's plan, and death by drowning definitely wasn't in the plan. Jesus had such close fellowship with God that he knew God's plan by heart from start to finish. Jesus knew he had nothing to fear from a storm at sea.
The disciples didn't know that God wouldn't allow them to perish in the storm. They didn't understand God's plan, and their hearts were full of fear. The same thing often happens with us.
Without a close personal relationship with God, we don't understand his plan, and our hearts are full of fear.
When our fellowship with God becomes up close and personal, for the first time we understand his plan, and we put our faith in it. We know that if we follow his plan, nothing can happen to us until the plan has run its full course. Once we have faith in his plan, we no longer have any reason to fear.
Faith naturally flows into your heart when you trust God.. Faith is a product of trust, and fear is a product of distrust. When you trust God to take you through the storms of life, faith naturally wells up in your heart. You don't need to muster your faith. It's not something you do. Faith happens to you, because God puts it in your heart and mind when you trust him.
Jesus made it clear that fear has no place in the heart of a child of God. When you have a personal relationship with God and follow God's plan, you have nothing to fear.
People of faith know that it's never over until God says it's over. God is trustworthy, and if you put your trust in him, a tidal wave of faith will sweep through your life.
NO ONE CAN FORCE YOU TO BE AFRAID
Fear doesn’t float around in outer space and suddenly drop like a meteor into your mind.
There are no fear factories that manufacture it, and stores that sell it.
No matter where you go, you will never find a single molecule of fear anywhere in the universe.
Nothing in the outside world can make you afraid. Only you can make it happen.
Fear is the result of how you run your mind.
Plenty of bad things will happen to you in your lifetime.
You must decide whether you will think fearful thoughts about those bad things. It’s your choice.
No one can force you to be afraid.
No one is going to drive a dump truck of fear up to your mind and dump it in.
Your mind is your own domain. If it’s full of fearful thoughts, it’s because you put them there, and you are the only one who can make them go away.
Nothing is more effective in breaking the back of fear than positive action coupled with the power of God’s love.
When positive action and God’s love come in the front door, fearful thoughts head for the emergency exit.
Positive action always drives fear from your mind. When fear pokes up its ugly head, you must decapitate it with positive action.
In medical school, I spent six months training in the specialty of anesthesia. Before the start of a surgical procedure, I gave my patients a muscle blocker to paralyze them so I could put a tube in their airway and breathe for them during surgery.
When the operation was over, I gave them a different medication to reverse the effects of the muscle blocker. I injected the drug intravenously, and the patient’s paralysis disappeared in just a few seconds.
Love is the antidote for fear and interacts with fear in a similar manner.
Fear is an extremely powerful agent that paralyzes you and keeps you from moving in the direction of your dreams.
As long as you are under the influence of fear, you stay right where you are.
When you open your heart and mind to God’s love, fear no longer paralyzes you and controls your life.
God made your heart and mind so there isn’t enough room for both love and fear at the same time.
If your heart is full of love, there is no room for fear.
Since God’s love is the most powerful force in the universe, there is no contest when love and fear compete for space. Fear is sent into exile as long as you keep your heart and mind focused on the power of God’s love.
If you are having a problem with fear, you need to refocus on God’s love.
The Bible says that perfect love casts out fear.
You need to remember that God is your Father and you are his child. Nothing in the entire universe can separate you from his love.
Let the sunshine of God’s love melt the icy grip that fear has on your life.
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FIFTY POSITIVE SCRIPTURES THAT GOD CAN USE IN YOUR LIFE.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty had of God, that he may exalt you in due time. I Peter 5:6
The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19
The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Peace I leave with you , my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you: He shall never allow the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hand. Psalm 31:14-15
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
The Lord upholds all that fall, and raises up all those that are bowed down. Psalm 145:14
Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. Psalm 91:14-16
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Psalm 46
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24
And He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 15:38
If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11
Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37
Whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack in any good thing. Psalm 34:10
The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting. Psalm 100:5
For I will restore health unto you and heal you of your wounds. Jeremiah 30:17
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him. Psalm 103:11
O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You have healed me. Psalm 30:2
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. I John 4:12
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. I John 3:1
Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. Exodus 14:13
No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17
Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him. Psalm 34:8
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7
He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what the Lord requires of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11
Mark 11:23-24 Whoever says to this mountain, "Be taken up and cast into the sea," and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:23-24
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit", says the Lord God Almighty. Zechariah 4:6
If God be for us, who can be against us. Romans 8:31
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Let the weak say, "I am strong." Joel 3:10
Let us lay aside every weight and encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:31
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Be still and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10
You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8
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