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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)

TITLE: Afraid to Live
By Ann Schrag


I used to be afraid to really live. One of my fears involved the fear of poverty. I limited my driving as much as possible to save on gas. I fretted and stewed any time I had any kind of car trouble. Any unexpected expenses destroyed my sense of security. Even though I had the money I needed to live comfortably, I lived in fear that it would be taken away.

This kind of fear is not from God. Many times in Scripture He tells us, ďFear not.Ē

One dark, stormy night when Jesusí disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee, they saw Him walking to them on the water. Here was a sight that they had never seen before. They didnít understand how it could be. They thought He must be a spirit and they were terrified.

How like them I am. When I donít understand and canít control what is happening, I panic. But Jesus wants to meet me there. He says to me as He said to the disciples, ďBe of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid.Ē
When I take my fears to Jesus and ask Him to speak to me about them, He reassures me that He is in control. He is present with me in the situation.

Letting go of fear includes letting go of the controls. Itís trusting God enough to let Him be in charge and to accept whatever He allows. God has always provided abundantly for my needs and I have no reason to believe that He will not continue to do so. Even if He would allow me to become destitute, would He not also be with me in that situation? Of course! And where He is, there I am safe.

A heart full of fear shows that I donít know my Father very well Ė not well enough to trust Him with my life. When I insist on hanging on to fear, it is like a slap in Godís face.

Not only does my fear make God look bad, but it also keeps me from enjoying life. When I was so anxious about money, I couldnít appreciate the blessings I had. Instead of being grateful for a car in which to run to the store for what I needed, I felt badly that I had to run to the store at all!

Since then I have realized that God gives us good things to enjoy. I want to honor Him by enjoying life in gratitude for His many blessings to me.

Scripture quotation from NKJV

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Marita Vandertogt08/31/07
Okay - guilty. This one I could relate to quite well - in fact, I probably could have written it. Thanks for the reminder that He does take care of us, and to take my hands off the controls.
Thanks for sharing!
christine bastow09/01/07
I actually know a few people who are just like the MC and would like to see them victorious, just like your story finishes. Thanks for sharing. chris x
Phyllis Inniss 09/05/07
I too can relate to this story. Thanks for sharing this message that we need have no fear for God will and does supply our needs. We need to keep our faith alive to drive out any fear.