Matthew 14:29-31 – “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
What are you afraid of? What frightens you? According to studies, all of us are afraid of something.
This must break God’s heart because God created you for something greater than that. So what is the antidote?
We need to recognize that fears can be a gift. God wired you in such a way that you have an awareness of the world around you and our world is broken, with people who have bad intentions. So yes, fears can be a gift for you to be aware of the situations around you.
Fear can also be a curse that robs you. Most people are afraid of failure, death, life, taking a risk, of shame... This kind of fear robs us the very impulse of life.
BUT CHRIST is the only one that can drive out fears from our heart. The antidote to fear is faith. It’s Christ whispering into your heart, “Take courage, fear not, it’s me.” It’s daring to trust Him.
To have faith that drives out fear you need to:
- Choose to shift your focus from fears to Jesus. This happens through having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, Bible reading, worshiping.
- You need to claim God’s word for your life. When fear has overcome you, in those moments you will have scripture that combats your fears.
- And you need to dare to get out of the boat. You can’t move when you’re sitting down. When Jesus is calling you to get out, stand up and step out! Trust that Jesus will be right there with you.
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