Replace Fear with Faith in the Storm!
Are you in the middle of a tough season in your life? Perhaps things aren’t going the way you planned and you’re feeling discouraged. Or maybe you’re doing everything right: … but you’re still struggling! It’s easy to get caught up in our problems and think,
"My life is a wreck and it’s not going to change."
When our eyes are on the problems, we often begin to lose hope. It is in these moments that God reminds us that He makes all things possible through Faith. When that happens to me, my best hope is to see my situation from a biblical perspective understanding that False Fears can motivate and shape us in unhealthy ways.
In Unafraid, Adam Hamilton suggests ways to address a wide array of life crisis including crime, failure, financial insecurity, and the classic fear of illness, old age and death. To help us remember his four key strategies, he presents them as the acronym FEAR
F – Face your fears with a bias of hope, Taking steps to do the things we fear often extinguishes them
“I can imagine the worst possible scenario in every situation and I’ll be afraid,” Hamilton clarifies. “Or I can use the same emotional, cognitive energy to imagine the best possible outcome, and I won’t be afraid.
E – Examine your assumptions in the light of the facts,
Question the facts as you understand them,” Hamilton challenges. “Try to find accurate or actual facts. Pretty soon, if you get enough of those facts and you reinforce it with experience, you begin to find your fear level going away
A – Attack your assumptions with action. Fear’s role is to move us to action. Doing something that addresses our worries can lessen their power in our lives
R – Release your fears to God. As Christians, we offer our lives to God. Hamilton shares Scriptures and spiritual disciplines to help us trust God and let go of fear
Never underestimate the power of faith! What you believe determines what you receive, so make sure you are thinking and believing correctly.
Debra Vogel is an entrepreneur, public speaker, real estate professional and the author of Failing Forward. Follow along as she challenges your perception of failure to achieve success in life..