This passage is teaching us not to be anxious about anything, but to turn to God for peace and courage. At times I think we shy away from helping others or engaging in their lives out of fear of what we might find; we may be pushed out of our comfort zone. In a study I am presently going through there is a term that really spoke to me. We need to develop a non-anxious presence when dealing with our lives, in good times and bad. If we approach every situation in our lives in this way we will be much more effective in helping others and living the lives He is calling us to live.
Questions for further thought:
1. Are you currently experiencing a non-anxious presence when approaching situations?
2. How could this absence of fear make you more effective when helping others and living your daily life?
Challenge: Fear can limit our ability to be used by God, but He teaches us that we don't need to be afraid. Nothing on this earth can separate us from Him, so what do we have to be afraid of? If you suffer from fear and anxiety, be in prayer that He will help you work through it and give you the confidence and freedom that He has to offer. If you need help with this, please seek advice from our pastors or other mature Christians that can help you achieve success in this area.
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