Overcoming FEAR with FAITH!

80s Christian Metal Blessings!

Hey Jesus loving metal fiends, Pastor Brad here! 

Quick Update: As always, I'm stoked about working on NEW 80s Christian Metal Music for you this weekend!  I'm currently mixing/master what will eventually be my 2021 release, DOWN & DIRTY, 10 original Christ-honoring, Faith Encouraging, 80s style Christian Metal Anthems .... so excited! 

Now, I’ve got another word of ENCOURAGEMENT for you this week!

OVERCOMING FEAR WITH FAITH!
As Christ-followers, God calls us to overcome fear with faith! I’ve learned and relearned this truth over & over again through life.  I’ve faced (as have you) many frightening /intimidating circumstances in life.  We’re all facing a HUGE scary circumstance right now in Covid 19.  So how do we overcome fear (whenever it appears) with faith?

FIRST: WHAT IS FEAR? 

Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous or likely to cause pain.

NOTE: What we believe in life, greatly impacts what we are afraid of in life, and how we respond to that fear.

The first time I rode The Beast (a large wooden roller coaster at King’s Island in Cincinnati, OH)--I was terrified (because I BELIEVED I was going to die!) my friend was excited--why?  He’d ridden it before and knew what was coming.  We were both walking through the same experience, bit I was paralyzed & my friend was excited!  The difference?  What we believed about what was about to happen.

“Caution” & “concern” can be helpful mindsets, but when they morph into ANXIETY, WORRY, or DOUBT, fear can paralyze us and causes us to live and treat others in harmful, hurtful ways.

So, how do we overcome FEAR with FAITH?

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” 

Now, we could write books about this verse (and many have), but the bottom line is that FAITH is confidence in God and it produces assurance in our heart--that we can indeed trust and rely upon His goodness, love and promises to us in ALL circumstances--including death.

When we CHOOSE to live by faith (confidence in God), He grows much BIGGER in our lives and our fears grow much smaller!  It’s a daily choice.

Here are a couple FAITH BUILDING verses: 
Colossians 3:2 (NIV) “Set (fix, unwaveringly) your minds on things above, NOT (as in don’t do this!) on earthly things.” 

Psalm 119:15 (NIV) “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” 

John 8:31-32 (NIV) “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 

Build your BELIEF system upon God, His Character and His Promises, NOT worldly news and philosophy--your FAITH (confidence) in God will grow and your FEAR level will go way down!

Until next time, fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfected of our faith!

80S Christian Metal Blessings,
Pastor Brad
http://pastorbradrocks.net/