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Don't Be Afraid

"Scripture has dozens of references that tell us not to be afraid or worry. God has us covered. When we are doing God's work, God will provide all we need. It is written that we shouldn't be afraid of missing out (see Luke 12:29:32), of being embarrassed (see Isaiah 54:1-6), or that someone is plotting against us (see Isaiah 8:11-15). It also says not to panic. God is right there with us (see Deuteronomy 20:1-4).

Worry and fear go hand-in-hand. We worry about what we fear, and we fear what we do not know or understand. These misunderstandings are often a cause of jealousy and tension among people and can result in aggression. Sometimes the anger escalates into vengeance, violence, or even wars.

If we all followed Scripture and released our fears and worries, none of these issues would occur. We say we trust in the Lord. We say we know God is with us. Yet we spend so much time worrying and being afraid of what might happen. We can't trust and worry at the same time, and worry is a waste of time and harmful to our well-being.

A good practice is to replace worry with prayer. "Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life" (Philippians 4:7).

Truly trusting and believing prevents any possibility of worrying. In the Our Father, we say, "Your will be done." Pause a moment and think about what that means. With these words, we are declaring that we are aligned with God's will. We give ourselves up to whatever happens. We trust God to do what is best for us.

Peace comes with this level of trust. If we want peace, we must all give ourselves totally to the Lord. That Peace will ripple to all those around us, spreading peace around the world."


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