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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!

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Posted by Rochelle Evans

Strong and Godly Men of FBC

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As we begin a new year let us reflect on what is required of us to accomplish all that God desires for us in 2019. 

STRONG AND GODLY MEN OF FBC

We hope and pray the best for thee

To take your dutiful and right place

Serving the Lord with wisdom and grace

Be of good courage and of good cheer

Worshipping the Lord without prejudice or fear

Leading the endless freedom fight

Standing firm and erect for what is just and right 

Encouraging their brethren to lay their burdens down

And seek the reward of that heavenly crown

Practicing the fruit of love toward their fellow man

Helping and supporting them whenever they can

Be faithful and do not dismay

Knowing that God will provide a way

Keep your eyes steadfast on the prize

Until your just reward is realized

Be strong men every blessed day

Giving our Lord and Savior the glory

And when asked what it is you have to say

Tell them about the Jesus story

Pray that the Savior will keep you upright and strong

Abounding you with his blessings all the day long

Coupled with his divine Mercy, and Grace

And the reverent desire to finish this race 

Be the caretakers of God’s Holy Temple

Spreading his Holy Word clear and simple

Even when there are more downs than ups

And you are destined to drink from life’s bitter cup

So what to this poem is an appropriate end

In tribute to the FBC’s gallantly strong men

Other than to keep a vigilant and steady pace

And striving in glory to finish the race as the Strong Men of FBC!!!

The Bright and Morning Star

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As we draw closer to the day in which we celebrate God's greatest gift to the world, let's reflect on the true reason for the season, Jesus the Christ. Jesus is our Bright and Morning Star. He is the Star of the entire creation and redemption process.  No other Star is greater than Jesus Christ. Why?! Because “There is no salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Just as the wise men looked  up to a star to guide them to baby Jesus, we too need to look up and see our Bright and Morning Star sitting at the right hand of Power.  All we have to do is look up. Stars can only be seen by looking up.  Whatever we need in life, look up to the Bright and Morning Star as our guide, because wherever he guides he provides.

“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.” Matthew 2;9-10 NIV

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