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Overcoming your fears 3



'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.' Hebrews 13:6 NIV

Let's look at two more common fears: (1) Fear of not being good enough. It's not about being as good as others; it's about being yourself! Stop comparing yourself to other people and instead spend your time discovering your God-given strengths. You were born for a purpose, and that purpose may be unlike anything you've ever encountered.

(2) Fear of not being accepted. This is one of the greatest sources of loneliness in society today. And the internet hasn't solved the problem because deep down we all long for intimacy, not information. You'd be surprised at how many people go home to an empty house, eat dinner for one, watch television, and climb into bed alone. Even when we're surrounded by a crowd we still feel isolated - like an island in the middle of the sea. But, in truth, it doesn't have to be that way - particularly if you're a member of God's redeemed family. The key to being accepted is to reach out and accept other members of your family. When you allow them into your private world, you'll find they welcome you into theirs.

Take a look at your life today. Nobody's looking, and the person who'll benefit most from it is you! Insecure people can be the most difficult to reach because they're desperate to hide what they perceive as inadequacies and failures. If you need the help of a professional counsellor, doctor, or pastor, reach out and get it! You owe it to yourself! Rise up today and say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid of rejection, or of not being good enough.'

Soulfood: Rom 7:1-9:16, John 8:42-59, Ps 83:9-18, Prov 29:23-27

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Overcoming your fears 2



'They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.' Psalm 112:7 NIV

Let's take a look at some of our most common fears and how we can overcome them.

Fear of failure. This is the most common fear of all, and it keeps us from fulfilling any vision God may give us. If you look closely at the actual consequences of failure, chances are you'll laugh at the power it wields. Not only are your mistakes survivable, they're teaching tools that sharpen and make you a better person. So what if you make a mistake during your presentation? Nobody's going to shoot you, right? So what if you miss the mark on the project, or make a mistake in your calculations? We all want to be perfect, but the fact is we're all flawed. In reality, your irrational fear of failure and your refusal to embrace mistakes create far more errors in the long run. When people refuse to accept the possibility of making a mistake, often they're reluctant to have someone else check their work or review the project they're working on. Consequently, they end up making more poor choices and mistakes, which in turn feeds their existing insecurities.

The path to success is through multiple failures. Failing doesn't make you a failure, quitting does; not learning from it does; refusing to get back up when you fall does. The psalmist says, 'They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord' (Psalm 112:7 NIV). Using the gifts God has given you, step out and take a risk based on faith, trusting him for success. If you do, 'You will have good success' (Joshua 1:8 NKJV).

Soulfood: 2 Kings 5:1-27, Matt 6:19-34, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 5:1-11

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Overcoming your fears 1



'You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.' Job 11:18 NIV

Famous people throughout history have suffered from phobias. Napoleon III was crippled by ailurophobia, an irrational fear of cats. Queen Elizabeth I was allegedly terrorised by anthophobia, an abnormal fear of flowers. Billionaire Howard Hughes was practically incapacitated by mysophobia, a pathological fear of germs. Both Edgar Allen Poe and Harry Houdini are believed to have suffered from claustrophobia. Even the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, is said to have wrestled with agoraphobia, a fear of crowds and public places.

The trouble is that many of us deny dealing with any kind of overwhelming fear, and rarely consider it a serious problem. But the fact remains that our fears hinder us on our journey towards change, and unless we face them we'll never reach our God-given potential. Maybe you don't view the thing that's bothering you as a fear at all. It could be a feeling or situation you habitually avoid, or leave to others to handle.

Whatever it is, the only way to overcome it is to call it what it is, confront it, draw on God's strength, and make a decision to change. And today he offers you his strength to do it. Here's a promise you can stand on: 'You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and... rest in safety' (Job 11:18 NIV). Where does that promise originate? The Bible - God's infallible Word! And here's another 'fear not' promise: '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' (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV).

Soulfood: Rom 3:21-6:23, John 8:31-41, Ps 83:1-8, Prov 29:19-22

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