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Fear Reversal 101: Shifting Focus

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Fear Reversal 101: Shifting Focus

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all of my fears.”    Psalm 34:4

Fear is defined as the anticipation of the possibility that something unpleasant will occur. This can be very crippling. Fear causes doubt and can limit faith; fear is what I like to call a faith eater and reducer. In this day and age there is a lot to fearand worry, especially as a college student. You worry about grades, your bank account, and your future, but all of this worry and fear can lead to a spiritual dam. All of the fear mixed with worry lessens the flow of your faith. This can have some major implications, for starters you are open to more ploys of the enemy, you are limiting yourself, and what God can do through you.

Faith is the confidence or trust in a person or thing. Faith can increase hope which has the power to drive out all of the fear that lives within you. Faith has the power to break down the walls that fear has built. This is why it is important to build faith, although it will not prevent fear it can help you deal with it. 1 John 5:4 in the New Living Translation Bible says this, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” This is the reason why the enemy will attack your faith, for without faith you cannot win the fight to overcome evil. Building faith does not happen overnight, it is something that happens over time and takes vigorous training. “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.1 Corinthians 9:25; New International Version. It takes patience, determination, and dedication to build faith and it will not be easy. There are several ways to build your faith and I would like to focus on three, praying, studying, and trials.

Praying—Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7; New International Version. Praying is how we communicate with God. It is here where we discuss our lives, ask for forgiveness and guidance, and where we intercede on the behalf of the sick, imprisoned, the less fortunate, and the nonbeliever. It is here where we can tell God our desire to build our faith and ask for patience to get us through the building process.

Studying—“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.—James 1:25; English Standard Version. The Bible is your Spiritual textbook, and we have to study it in order to pass your spiritual tests. As college students we know all about hard tests, but unlike tests at school, spiritual tests are harder and can have more consequences than just a lower GPA. Satan is known to quote scripture, but with his quoting there is manipulation as seen when he tried Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) and with Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5). This is why it is important to study the word of God, 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.—New King James Version.

Trials—“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of you faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.—James 1:2-4; New King James Version. Trials are important to the faith building process, which is probably the hardest pill to swallow. Most people do not like to go through trials, but it is necessary, experience is necessary. I mentioned earlier that building faith is a process, and this is why. I know that trials and tests do not sound fun, but it is important to remember who has our backs (Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 40:31; 54:17, Ephesians 3:20, Psalm 34:19; 91:7, 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9). So even though we must go through trials, we will get through them if we continually pray and study.

This Youth Bible study is meant to help you transform the negative emotion of fear into a positive energy enhancing  Faith and  a persevering Spirit of  Hope. It is meant to help you with the three steps for building your faith listed above. What I would like you to do is write down all of your fears, no matter how small or seemingly ridiculous. Every two weeks I would like you to look at your list of fears and pick one to focus on. Feel free to write down how this fear makes you feel, if it snowballs into another fear,  go to the Bible, if you don’t have one go online. Look up how that fear makes you feel and see what the Bible says about it and write it down. Then begin to meditate on the positive things that you have written down. I would also like you to pray about it, Ask God to help you recognize when you start to head down that road of negativity. Ask him to help you remember the positive things associated with you. If you feel stuck, pray about it and try to connect with someone or a church (You are welcome here at FBC ;-) that can lead you to a clearer understanding.  Finally, I would like to leave you with this, “For God hath not given us the spirit off fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7; King James Version. Let’s rid ourselves of this spirit of fear and reclaim our power, our love, and our sound mind!

Join us weekly for Bible Study on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m.

 

Posted by Rochelle Evans

Bible Study for Busy Pastor’s and Ministers

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An exert from the book:

Pastors and ministers have one of the most challenging jobs on earth. Of all their tasks, one responsibility they cannot neglect is teaching the word of God. Unfortunately, church leaders seldom have enough time to prepare Bible studies for their congregations. This book is a quick resource to help fill the gap. These thematically arranged Bible studies each contain an introduction to a topic and a list of relevant Scripture readings for that topic. Pastors can use the introduction to spark discussion within small groups or to focus on the specific themes during sermon writing. Many have stated that Volume 1 is a great resource, and it is my prayer that Volume 2 is a great resource as well. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, . . . teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt 28:19–20).

God’s Blessings Upon You,
Pastor Davis

Volume I  of Bible Study for Busy Pastor’ and Ministers is available at  Amazon.com

Getting Out of the Ark

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Annually at the Historic First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, we take the month of January to reflect and refocus on what God requires of us as Stewards. This year the theme was "Get Out of the Ark". This will recap a few points from each of the powerful messages delivered this month,  all of which are available for your listening pleasure on our website. 

Pastor Davis kicked the month off with “Get Out of the Boat" reminding us to not be afraid and focus on Jesus.  We should share our time, talents and treasures to uplift others.  We should seek the Kingdom of God above all other things, and  if we abide in Jesus Christ all things are possible when we believe in him. As believers we should Walk by Faith and Not by Sight then we will be able to experience God’s miracles!

How to Get out of the Ark”---We must plant and sow good seeds.  Pruning and repotting our seeds in fertile ground is often required to achieve maximum growth.  To grow, we must study God’s word.  We must become Good Soil in order for the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to grow within, enabling us to share our good fruits with others.  We must be deemed as Good soil by God in order to be blessed to be a blessing.  The formula for Stewardship Success is Good soil + Good seed = a Good Steward with much fruit and a great harvest.

Get Out of the Ark of contention, jealousy, complacency, and dissension, Stewardship Style!  We do this by studying God’s word, evangelizing, sharing our talents, and treasures, while remembering that everything we have belongs to God.  He has blessed us and is trusting us to be good stewards over those blessings.  Stewardship is a matter of the heart—“Where your treasure is, there  is your heart also".  Bad fruit + Bad heart =  Bad stewardship ; Good Fruit + Good Heart =  Good Stewardship.  

Finally, our Brother in Christ , Pastor Travis Simone, from Williamsburg Chapel, stated that God has called us to Go and be mobile explorers for Christ.  As we abide in him and his word, we will be compelled to venture into new and different territories that do more to build the Kingdom. As we GO on this Holy Spirit led exploration it will become our map to Discipleship, leading us away from what is predictable, our preferences and our pride to a life filled with Kingdom living.  Now, Let's Get out of the Ark together and become Stewardship In Action.

Posted by Nathan Hill

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