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2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us the spirit of timidity (fear) but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline”
Healthy fear is an emotion that warns us of danger and prepares us to respond. But when a spirit of fear comes over us, it disrupts life, drains spiritual strength, and clouds our judgment. The word “power” in this verse means “the inexhaustible strength that comes from God”. “Self-discipline” is a behavior of moderation and good judgment. Paralyzing, controlling fear is never from God.
There are 366 “fear nots” in the Bible. God is not condemning us for being afraid. He is telling us to turn to Him when those fearful times come. He is there for us in the middle of the fear-causing situation. Fear saps our energy and robs us of joy in life.
Fear comes from within us and then is attached to people and problems outside of us. Our many fears can be reduced to a few categories: fear caused by hurtful memories, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of losing control, fear of sickness and death, and fear of the future. All of this fear in our life can cause a paralysis in the present so that we cannot do today what God wants us to do.
Read Psalms 91 daily if you need to have victory over fear.
What fears are you battling today? Write them down and consciously give them over to God in prayer.
Go to the Bible and read: Psalms 27; Joshua 1:9; 2 Chronicles 20:17; Isaiah 12:2, 41:13, 43:1; Philippians 4:6,7,19; Hebrews 13:5 & 6.
My fear has trapped and consumed me. But I am tired of living under the weight of my fears. Father you are able to deliver me from my trouble. Please give me your love and your power to replace these fears. Your perfect love casts out my fear. I thank you for promising to give me the peace that only you can give. I receive that peace now as I ask you to still my troubled heart. Because you are with me, I don’t have to be afraid.Amen.
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To help you break out of a “complaining” rut here are five things you can do instead of complain. These tips will help you realize you are not powerless. You have the power to choose your beliefs and actions. And in your focus on the positive instead of the negative you’ll find the faith, strength and confidence to take on life’s challenges and identify the solutions to your complaints.
1. Practice Gratitude. Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measurable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us. It’s also physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. If you are focusing on gratitude, you can’t be negative. (Psalm 118:24)
2. Praise Others. Instead of complaining about what others are doing wrong, start focusing on what they are doing right. Praise them and watch as they create more success as a result. Of course, point out their mistakes so they can learn and grow, but make sure you give three times as much praise as criticism. You can energize and engage your coworkers by encouraging them and their work. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
3. Focus on Success. Start a success journal. Each night before you go to bed, write down the one great thing about your day. The one great conversation, accomplishment, or win that you are most proud of. Focus on your success, and you’ll look forward to creating more success tomorrow. (Philippians 4:8)
4. Let Go. Focus on the things that you have the power to change, and let go of the things that are beyond your control. Give it up to God and trust Him with the outcome. You’ll be amazed that when you stop trying to control everything, it all somehow works out. Surrender is the answer. (Proverbs 3:5)
5. Pray. God wants to hear from you. He wants to have a personal relationship with you on a daily basis. Take your worries to Him and He will help you. If you’re a skeptic, also know that scientific research shows that daily prayer reduces stress; boosts positive energy; and promotes health, vitality, and longevity. When you are faced with the urge to complain or you are feeling stressed to the max, stop, be still, plug-in to the ultimate power of God and recharge. (Philippians 4:6)
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