Two powerful words I’m embracing and claiming in my life these days.
So much so, I spoke on them last week in a message at church. You can listen here if you’d like to. They are also the subjects of our next BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage) event on Monday, August 6 in Cedar Rapids. (Details of this event can be found here.)
It’s no wonder we can struggle with living faith-filled and fearless in this sometimes fearful world.
I mean, really. Everywhere we look, everywhere we turn, there’s events and situations and headlines that can impress worry and fear and anxiety upon us. One minute were walking by faith triumphantly, and the next we’re crouching on the side of the road in panic.
fear :: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid; anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur (Dictionary.com)
There’s much to fear, isn’t there? Fear of the unknown. Fear of what we can’t control. Or, fear of losing what we have. There’s also fears like fear of heights, fear of failure, and the fear of stepping out of our comfort zones. I would guess we each have something that causes fear to rise up within us every now and then.
And, if you’ve ever felt fear (I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t), you know how crippling it can be. You know that fear can take your mind to terrible places and can make you do strange, out-of-character things. Fear isn’t our friend, yet so many of us entertain it.
I’m tired of fear having its way with me.
How about you? Have you and I just gotten used to fear following us around? Have we forgotten what it’s like to live free of it? Is it even possible to live fearless in this world?
It is possible, and friend, we don’t have to live in fear any longer.
We have good news! This is the good news we’ll be discussing and addressing at our next BYOB and B (Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage) event on August 6 in Cedar Rapids. Living faith-filled, instead of living in fear.
faith-filled :: the act of being filled with faith (my definition). (See below what faith is.)
faith :: the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved. (Dictionary.com)
Living faith-filled is trusting God. It’s believing what God’s Word says and living it out. It’s knowing you’re not alone in facing fear, but He’s with you in it.
Living faith-filled gives you the power to look fear in the eye and confront it, head on. Sometimes it’s doing whatever you’re doing afraid. Because the thing is, the fear isn’t going to leave until we do what we’re afraid of. Plain and simple.
Only when we’re living faith-filled can we live fearless.
fearless :: without fear; bold or brave; intrepid. (Dicitonary.com)
And, aren’t we all ready to live like that?
If you live near to me, I invite you to join me for Living Faith-filled and Fearless on August 6.
It’s going to be a life-impacting, powerfully-encouraging evening together. Space is limited to 50 women. Register here before July 10 and you’ll be entered into the drawing for a gift that’ll remind you of truth when fear tries to creep in. (You’ll love it!)
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 NIV
In the meantime, what fear has been following you around? What’s one thing you can do today to face that fear? Friend, how can I pray for you regarding this fear?
We won’t leave this subject here. We’ll return to it in the weeks to come. Faith-filled and fearless. God’s got us, friend.