It’s scary out there—no doubt about it. We'd all like to remove fear and uncertainty from our lives, but that's no always possible. Are we destined to live scared to death or can we discover a new way of dealing with anxiety and worry?
Scared to Death, Part 1: The Fear of the Future - Message by Clay Scroggins
Fear is an emotion caused by belief in a looming potential loss. It’s based in the future. The source of our fears is usually something we’re going to lose or we’re afraid we won’t have in the future. Since we can never really know what’s the around the corner, is it even possible to live without fear?
"Fear wants control. But there is no fear in God’s love." —Clay Scroggins #ScaredToDeath
Fear wants control. But there is no fear in God’s love. His perfect love drives out fear. God’s love, expressed through Jesus’s death and resurrection, gives fear something to fear. God’s love causes fear to tremble. If you want to overcome your fear, identify it and believe God’s love can overcome it.
Scripture: Romans 8:38–39 — “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Scared to Death, Part 2: The Perpetual Anxiety In the Present - Message by Clay Scroggins
As a society, we’re more anxious now than we’ve ever been. If fear is caused by our belief in a future potential loss, then anxiety is the present emotion caused by that uncertainty. We carry it around like a software virus. It slows us down and quietly keeps us from operating at our full potential.
Anxiety is the result of carrying something you weren’t meant to carry. God cares about you. Cast your anxiety on him by turning your anxiety into prayer.
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6–7 — “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Scared to Death, Part 3: The Problem with the Past - Message by Clay Scroggins
Fear is always about something you’re going to lose in the future. But fear is almost always rooted in the past. Your past is a problem when it creates fear for your future. It limits your potential and gets in the way of a deeper relationship with God.
Don’t let the fear caused from a past experience keep you from experiencing God in the future. Identify the wall you’ve built to protect yourself from fear. Address the past. Settle the past. Choose to trust, obey, and follow God.
Scripture: Isaiah 43:18–19 — Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.