Face Fear with Faith ( by Fenny West)

God is present fear not I am with you faith over worry fear not faith fire healing he sees I am with You always ps23 prepares a table ps23  title race of grace legends the Lord is my Light Ps27 j0323740 j0236249 tn_j0353635

Fear knocks on every door

And will surely knock on yours

Choose to do the right thing

Just face fear with faith.

 

Moses and Mary Magdalene faced fear

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, faced fear

Jacob, Joshua and Jeremiah, faced fear

Peter and Paul faced fear

Isaac and Isaiah faced fear

Daniel and David faced fear

Abraham and Azariah faced fear

So prepare to face your fear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hold on to the Word of God.

Think of the power of God.

Think of the promises of God.

Confess the goodness and grace of God

Sufficient for you.

 

Cast on God all your cares

Never live with fear

Or run from fear

But face fear with faith.

 

Faith comes through hearing the word,

Not just once but again and again.

Whether in the sunshine or in the rain.

Resolve, my friend, today, to face fear with faith.

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Josh1:9

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gen15:1

10 Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’  Isa41:10

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

5 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then said I:

“ Ah, Lord GOD!

Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

7 But the LORD said to me:

“ Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’

For you shall go to all to whom I send you,

And whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Do not be afraid of their faces,

For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “ Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Jer1:1-9

All Things Are Possible ( by Fenny West)

All Things Are Possible

favour follows me dream big cross resurrection faith can move mts faith thinks positive holy Spirit 2 winners never  don't quit faith in God eagle why worry  hope why worry  God is not unrighteous INSPIRATION4GENS doing beyond dreams lifting the Lord shall rise2 those who know their God1 crdaniel god greater stronger

(Matt19:26,-17:20, Mark9:23)

Make Doubt or Fear a Passing Bird,
With no room to lodge or linger.
Hold fast to all from God that you heard,
And refuse any anxious care.

If God says you can, then you can,
Regardless of what the world says.
So hold tight to His divine plan,
Because His ways are not man’s ways.

I say, all things are possible,
To all those who believe they are.
With God all things are possible,
Whether they are close or too far.

So serve quit notice to Doubt and Fear,
Refusing their rent no matter how high.
You too can mount the high tower.
You too can soar very very high.
You too can mount the temple top
You too can reach the pinacle
No principality can stop
No power or demon can topple.

So rise and ascend saint of God.
Tear, ditch, that sackcloth and ashes.
Fasten yourself to God’s Word.
And yours will be wheat and kidneys
Yours will be the milk and honey.
Yours will be the Promised Land.
And yours will be the Golden Throne.

You can gather great sheaves of grace.
You can milk much marrow and fatness
All because you have seen His Face
And have believed in His faithfulness.

 

All things are Possible!

Truth About Shadows (by Rick Warren)

The Truth About Shadows
by Rick Warren

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 (ESV)

One of the common sources of stress is loss. You can lose your job, your health, your money, your reputation, or a loved one.

When people go through loss, there are always two common reactions. One is fear, and the other is grief. Grief is good. Grief is the way we get through the transitions of life. In fact, if you don’t grieve, you get stuck! Grief will not kill you if you let it out.

On the other hand, fear is a bad thing. Not once in the Bible does it say, “Grieve not,” “Sorrow not,” “Weep not,” or “Cry not.” What it does say is “Fear not.” And it says that 365 times! Because grief doesn’t paralyze; fear does.

David says in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (ESV).            

Shepherds always carried a rod and a staff to protect their sheep. David knew that, in the same way, God has the tools to protect him, and he trusted him, even in the darkest valleys.

Some of you are going through the valley of the shadow right now — maybe the valley of the shadow of death. It may be the valley of the shadow of debt. It may be the valley of the shadow of conflict. It may be the valley of the shadow of depression. It may be the valley of the shadow of discouragement.

Shadows are scary. Remember how you used to be afraid of shadows when you were lying in bed as a kid? I’ve learned a few things about shadows.

First, shadows can’t hurt you.

Second, shadows are always bigger than the source.

And — here’s the good news — wherever there’s a shadow, there has to be a light. You can’t have a shadow without light. So the key when you’re going through the valley of the shadow is to turn your back on the shadow and look at the light. Because as long as you keep your eyes on the light — Jesus, the light of the world — the shadow won’t scare you.

That’s how you go through the valley of the shadow of death. That’s how you lower your stress. You trust God in the dark valleys, just like David, who prayed, “When I am ready to give up, he knows what I should do” (Psalm 142:3a TEV).

Talk It Over

  • What are the shadows you’ve recently been facing? Why are they so daunting to you?
  • How can memorizing Scripture help you face the fears in your life?
  • Why do you think fear stresses people out?

I will laugh at Fear ( by Fenny West)

 

I Will Laugh at Fear

 fear not faith over worry faith fire david and goliath3 tn_j0353635 CG5C

I will laugh at Fear

I will laugh at failure

I will laugh at famine

I will laugh at demonic fire

I will laugh at falsehood

 

Yes, I will laugh at those who malign

I will laugh at those who constrain

I will laugh at those who spread evil report

I will laugh at the scourge of the tongue

I will laugh at manipulation

I will laugh at those who berate

I will laugh at shortage

I will laugh at shame

I will laugh at self-pity

 

I will laugh at unbelief

I will laugh at apprehension

I will laugh at tragedy

I will laugh at test

I will laugh at trials

 

I will laugh at calamity

I will laugh at catastrophe

I will laugh at contempt

I will laugh at condemnation

I will laugh at confusion

I will laugh at control

I will laugh at contamination

I will laugh at corruption

I will laugh at condescension

I will laugh at care

 

 

I will laugh at rejection

I will laugh at repossession

I will laugh at recession

I will laugh at abortion

 

I will laugh at woes

I will laugh at wickedness

I will laugh at waywardness

I will laugh at barriers

I will laugh at patronage

I will laugh at losses

I will laugh at shipwrecks

I will laugh at bankruptcy

7     For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2Tim1:7

4     Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

6     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Ps23:4-6

Proverbs 28:

1     The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Isaiah 43: The Redeemer of Israel

1     But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: ” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

2     When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isa43:1-2

 

17   No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.

Isa54:17

 

 

19   So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.Isa59:19

 

10   Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’Isa41:10

 

8     Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.

9     Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: ” Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

10   See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”

11   Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

12   Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”Jer1:8-12

2     Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the LORD. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For I have seen the Angel of the LORD face to face.”

23   Then the LORD said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.”

24   So Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it The-LORD-Is-Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. Judges6:22-24

 

Judges 7: Gideon’s Valiant Three Hundred

1     Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the well of Harod, so that the camp of the Midianites was on the north side of them by the hill of Moreh in the valley.

2     And the LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’

3     Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ ” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.

Judges7:1-3

 

Genesis 15: God’s Covenant with Abram

  1. After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”Gen15:1

     

    9          Have I not commanded you?

    Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”Josh1:9

     

“Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

2Chro20:15

Psalms 27: An Exuberant Declaration of FaithA Psalm of David.

1     The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

2     When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.

3     Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

 

1     God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

2     Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3          Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Ps46:1-3

 

19   He shall deliver you in six troubles, Yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.

20   In famine He shall redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.

21   You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes.

22   You shall laugh at destruction and famine, And you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

23   For you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.

24   You shall know that your tent is in peace; You shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss.

25   You shall also know that your descendants shall be many, And your offspring like the grass of the earth.

26   You shall come to the grave at a full age, As a sheaf of grain ripens in its season.

27   Behold, this we have searched out; It is true. Hear it, and know for yourself.”

Job5:19-27

33        These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John16:33

Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

35   On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”

36   Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.

37   And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.

38   But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

39   Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

40   But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”

41   And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

 

Psalms 91: Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

1     He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2     I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

3     Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.

4     He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

5     You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6     Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7     A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

8     Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

9     Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

10   No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

11   For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.

12   In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13   You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14   “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15   He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

16   With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

 

Listen to this story:

 

Shohoiya Yokowai spent 28 years of his life in prison. It was not a prison of bars & locks & wardens, but a self-imposed prison of fear. He was a Japanese soldier on the island of Guam during WW2. And when the American forces landed, he fled into the jungle & found a cave in which he hid for 28 years because he was afraid of being captured by the Americans. He learned that the war was over by reading one of the thousands of pamphlets dropped into the jungle. But he was afraid. So for 28 years he lived in the cave, coming out only at night to look for roaches & rats & frogs & mangoes on which he survived. Finally some natives found him & convinced him that it would be all right for him to come out of his jungle prison. We think, “What a waste! Imagine, spending 28 years living as a prisoner of fear.” Yet, there are a lot of people who are prisoners of fear. Fears like… fear of failing fear of succeeding fear of disappointing people fear of losing our child fear of the unknown fear of dying Frankly, I can have a long list of different fears that people have. They’re not aware of it simply because they call “fear” with a different name. How about you? Do you have fear that’s preventing God to fully bless your life? Are you trying to control your life instead of letting God have His way? Listen, the best way to overcome your fear is to have a strong faith in God and you do this by regularly meditating scripture. In Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” No doubt, in developing your faith there’s no better substitute to scripture memorization and meditation. So I encourage you to take action, be bold, and make a decision now to start memorizing scriptures.

Why Worry When Worry Wears (by Fenny West)

why worry  God is not unrighteous why worry  He's alive why worry  hope why worry stressless it's not over till he says so in quietness and confidence enemy fights hardest hope in the Lord God is our quiet rest God is present He is wait on the lord awesome god Leaveing everything in god's hands don't give up on God God will not abandon God is almighty

 

Why worry when

… Worry wears you out
Make you doubt
Causes you to shed a tear
Increases your fear
Makes you mad
Bad and then sad.

Why worry when
Worry Creates chasms
Triggers stress spasms
Brings distrust
Causes you to rust
Makes you weep
Steals your sleep.

Why worry when…
Worry weighs you down
And makes you frown
Delays your answers
Weakens your prayers
Makes you pay interest
On trouble before it manifests.

Why worry when
Worry makes a mountain
of momentary mole hill
Breaks your focus
Causes you to curse
Brings paranoia
And hysteria.

Why worry when
Worry Confuses and constrains you
Hijacks your breakthrough
And proceeds to break you;
Limits and drains you
Increases you palpitation
And warps your concentration.

Replace worry with faith
Confidence and trust in God.
Replace worry with prayers
And receive the peace of God.
Replace worry with hope
In a God of Hope.

Psalms 125: The LORD the Strength of His People A Song of Ascents.
1 Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.

Psalms 121: God the Help of Those Who Seek Him A Song of Ascents.
1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Psalms 40: Faith Persevering in Trial To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
3 He has put a new song in my mouth — Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

Psalms 3: The LORD Helps His Troubled People A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.
1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me, ” There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever Ps23

…I will wait, Till my change comes.Job14:14
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Prov3:5-6
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
Gen15:1

14
Is anything too hard for the LORD? Gen18:14
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Josh1:9
8 If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’
9 Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”
Num14
15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.2Chro20:15
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isa43
3 For I am the LORD your God, …
4 Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; ….
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD. Jer1
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2Tim1:7
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,
30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts4:13,29-31

 

Do Not Worry

 25

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

27

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

29

and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32

For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matt6:25-34

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Phil4:6-7

“FEAR FAILS…HOPE HEALS
ANGER AGGRAVATES…FAITH FREES
HATE HURTS…LOVE LIFTS
CHOOSE YOUR REACTION!

• WHEN THE SUN SHINES-
GOD IS GOOD!
WHEN THE RAIN FALLS-
GOD IS GOOD!
WHEN I AM HURTING-
God is good”

Balk Not At Bad News

Balk Not at Bad News
Psalm 112:7

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.

Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess? Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do? Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Spiritual Warfare:Ego

THREE LEVELS OF ATTACK (2)

Word for Today

Bob Gas

‘Then the devil…set Him on the pinnacle…’ MATTHEW 4:5

 

 

 

The attack on the pinnacle. Let’s look at the second temptation Jesus faced: ‘Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, [and] set Him on the pinnacle of the temple.’ Here you deal with the fear of failure. Satan will whisper, ‘You’re on the pinnacle of success now, but you could easily fall off.’ He will bring up your past failures. He will remind you of leaders who crashed and burned. He will say, ‘If people realised how little you really know, or the issues you’re struggling with, they wouldn’t respect you.’ There are two kinds of fear: healthy fear and unhealthy fear. Healthy fear will keep you dependent on God; it will protect you from pride and self-sufficiency. ‘Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’ (1 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV). But there’s an unhealthy fear that will keep you in the boat when Jesus is calling to you to step out and walk with Him on the water. You say, ‘But Peter almost drowned.’ Yes, but he was the only one of the disciples who experienced the joy of walking on the water! Having faith doesn’t mean you won’t experience a sinking feeling at times. You have a choice. You can give in to fear, or trust the God who has called you, sustained you, and never failed to give you the strength needed to cope with whatever you face. If your own intellect or talents are the basis of your confidence, you have good reason to fear. But if God is the basis of your confidence, you have nothing to fear.