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Fear Freezes Faith . . .

Just ask Abram. Genesis 12.10-20.

Abram's fear of the famine. His fear of Pharaoh. His fear of losing control.

Fear isn’t always bad, of course. As God designed fear, it’s a merciful gift which protects us from
danger and foolish, sinful impulses and deception. Fear of fire, fear of evil, fear of sin are part of
the rational sense God has created us with.

But misplaced fear, our fear of losing our desired control of the people, events, season, future and world around us, feeds irrationality and freezes our faith.

Just ask Abram about the famine, about the pharaoh, and the faithless choices fear fuels.

At least 103 times God’s word tells us to not be afraid!

He is able, even when I am scared.

So do not fear, for I am with you;fear_and_faith
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41.10

Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.

Isaiah 8.12

Here’s a new book, Faith and Fear: Finding the Peace your Heart Craves by Trillia J. Newbell. Trillia is no lightweight, she’s known harsh famine in her life.

And here’s a great blog, When Fear Seizes You, by Stacy Reaoch. She writes . . .

When fear seizes you, all our ability to think rationally evaporates. Life becomes overwhelming and the promises of God are thrown out the window. When Moses sent the spies into Canaan to gather information for the people of Israel, fear of the looming giants became much more visible than any of the blessings Canaan had to offer. Although they obediently gathered fruit from the land, their report focused on all the seemingly impossible obstacles they faced.

Read all of Stacy's blog here.

You can listen or download our message Messy from our series Abraham: The Rescued Broken here.