If you will standup to fear, give it a little straight talk, and tell it to leave you alone in Jesus’ name, that will get you along way. But beyond that, it’s also vital to trust God while you’re still afraid. You see, often your peace is waiting for you on the other side of trust. I’ve had a lot of experiences where God met me once I stared down my fear, pushed through it, and did what I needed to do.

When we’re afraid, we have a tendency to pray and ask God for peace before we’ll step out and do what frightens us. But most of the time, we simply need to move forward. Once we break through the fear, God gives us the most amazing sense of peace—but usually not while we’re still deciding whether to conquer it or not.

If you’re waiting for a sense of peace to come so you can deal with your fear, you could be waiting a long time. If you will be brave and march straight into that fearful situation, having faith that God will bring you through it, that’s probably where you’ll find the peace you’re looking for.

HERE’S A QUESTION: How many thoughts of fear consume your mind? On a scale of one to ten, with ten being off-the-charts high, how fearful would you say you are?

HERE’S A CHALLENGE: I challenge you to name your fears because the first step to moving beyond fear is to know specifically what you are afraid of. So, go ahead— make a list of your fears on paper or in your phone.

HERE’S SOME ENCOURAGEMENT: Once you get to the other side of fear, once you’ve had that break- through you need, you’ll look back on the things you were once afraid of and ask yourself, “Why was I so scared of that?” Yep, you’ll have the ability to laugh at your fears. That’s the kind of freedom I believe you can find in this book.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PRAY: Lord, help me identify what I’m afraid of, and show me how You are bigger and greater than that. Give me security and safety through the truth of your Word.

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