How often are you asked, “What is your biggest fear?” It’s a question which, in itself, conditions us to believe we should all fear something. For some the fear may be heights, while for others it may be failing to have a family. Regardless of the fear, the question we so often hear suggests we all have a fear. And while God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind, our society has contributed to maintaining this fearful mentality focusing on the negative, rather than the goodness to follow in our situations (2 Tim. 1:7). In Pastor Tracy’s message, I AM Fearless, she explains how our fear comes from a lack of awareness and how we regain our confidence by keeping ourselves in God’s presence and keeping His word present in us.
The first time we see man afraid in the Bible is when Adam and Even realize they’re naked, or rather helpless before God (Genesis 3:10). Similarly to Adam and Eve, our fears exist because of a sense of helplessness in our circumstances. Every fear is rooted in the inability to control our surroundings and the lack of trust that God will carry us through our trials. When we believe we can’t influence a given outcome we often avoid the circumstance all together. We quickly become crippled, living passively, when God created us to be victorious and dominant in all areas of life. Yet, God didn’t create us to be conquerors in life through our own strength. God created us to be conquerors as co-laborers with Him, relying on His presence and operating through His power.
The bedrock of being fearless is knowing God will never leave us nor forsake us and that through His presence we have access to the power of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 13:5). Our increase in courage is a byproduct of our relationship with God and the trust we have in His word. The more time we spend talking to God, the more we are able to hear the confidence in His voice as He says, “I will be with you always,” because as we draw near to Him, He is faithful to draw near to us (Matthew 28:20, James 4:8). The intimacy of our relationship with God reveals that even in the most mundane moments of our lives, God is always present. And as we come to know that God is with us in the smallest of moments, it is then we are able to be confident that God is with us when we need Him most.
It’s important to remember that our fearlessness resides not in our internal emotions, but rather in the outward expression of faith. When we choose to practice and seek God’s presence through prayer and praise, His strength and courage causes us to abandon the feelings of fear dnd respond with confidence in His promise of deliverance and victory, for we know that regardless of our emotions, His power is present within us.
- Do you fear anything? What is it about that particular thing/situation that causes you to be afraid?
- What are things that have caused mistrust between you and God?
- Do you feel like you need to be in control of your life more than you are able to give control to God?
- How can you become more aware of God throughout your day?
- How can you approach God with confidence when you may be in a fearful situation?
- How can the smaller victories play a part in your life to go after the greater feats?
Thank God that He has not given you a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind. Pray that God would give you greater strength and confidence to face the giants in your life. Ask God to pour forth more of His glory over the situations which you are unable to control. Thank God for peace as you place your trust in Him.
Encourage your group to chase after their giants. Encourage your group to repeat this weeks challenge as much as possible. Remind your group that they are able to do all things through Christ who strengthens them. As people in your group share what fears they have, lead them to promises that reveal why they should not be afraid, but rather trust in God.