Do It Afraid
God doesn't want us to be scared. But even when we do feel fear, we can choose to trust God and take action.
03/09/2011 05:12:13 PM
I still have this fear of success. Unfortunately I've had it for many, many, many years now. Little by little, I'm able to face it, but it's still there and it still "controls" me. I've traveled down a long, tedious, painful path to "find God" again (or to stop running away from him), so I'm doing my best to cast my fears to God. I have the talents and God-given abilities that He's blessed me with, so I pray that the fear that's prevented me from using those gifts fully leaves me. Thank you for your article.
11/17/2010 05:29:08 PM
Oh thank you so much Joyce Meyers. I needed to hear this right here and right now. Oh glory! My spirit is singing. I have been bound by fear for five years now (after my separation) and today I say enough! I cast my cares to Jehovah! Thank you.
07/08/2010 06:58:01 PM
Hello : Joyce Meyer I love this . Thank you I needed something like that . I feel better beacuse I know god is always with me . Thank you so much .
02/07/2010 11:38:06 AM
Good Morning Joyce Meyer, Thank you for reminding me that, "GOD", is always by my side to help me in my time of fear. I think you are a wonderful evangelize and speaker. I love your books,which, I have read !! You are such an inspirational person,to me. "GOD", has my life already planned out before ever a problem or fear may arrears. I must set my focus on the "LORD", more and pray !! He will lead us and guide us if, we acknowledge Him in all our ways.(Proverbs 3:5,6.) I must read my favorite verse every day so that,I don' t fall in to Satan's hands,which is: Psalms 28:7 The "LORD", is my Strength and my Shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. Yours-In-Christ,Ms. Marie .K. Lally,The Scooterlady, Pinellas Park,Florida 33781 (Tampabay Area)
07/11/2005 10:15:23 PM
I enjoyed the candor of thomasmissouri, who pointed out what the philosophers call "the problem of evil." Some have tried to deny that evil exists. They think that platitudes can paper over the most troubling realities of human existence - from Inquisitions to Holocausts. Evil is real. It's out there. Don't expect God to make it go away. All you can do is decide how to respond to it - which is to not be overcome with fear but to press on, even amidst the worst that's out there. That, I suspect, is what gives us humans character, that we are so vulnerable but we don't give up.
12/10/2004 01:39:34 PM
It is okay to voice that you have a problem trusting God. He knows how you feel anyway. God is just as saddened with turmoil and war and greed as we are. The difference is that He cannot and will not interfere with our will. It is our choice to decide to love or hate. When we focus on God and the accept that He can help us face our fears, not matter what they are, then we will have the strength and energy redirected to help our selves. The fear of God is reverence. The fear of other things in our lives will keep us from doing things we might of, should of, or could have done. So much energy is wasted on what if's that can be overcome if we put our trust in the one who made us and redirect our energies to go on and try. Anyway, I hope something I have said has helped you.
08/19/2004 08:40:07 PM
thomasmissouri, God said in the Bible that in his home there are many mansions and that He would go and prepare one for each of us that believe, and love Him. He never breaks his promises and each and every soul that left on 9/ll/01 expierenced this. He helps us here on earth by giving us courage and taking away our fears of all the bad things that happen in our lives by his words in the Bible. His spirit was with the people on the airplanes and with the people trapped on floors of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. They showed love and caring for each other as the hate from our enemies were destroying their bodies, but thomasmissouri their souls were just fine.
08/19/2004 04:15:00 PM
I did not have much "trust" in God before 9/11 and I have less trust of God after 9/11. And all this time I thought "fear" of God was a positive emotition. This women is a female Beeny Hinn. He always takes care of us and provides what we need, we begin to relax. Yeah he took great care of those in the 9/11 attack. "Pray about everything and fear nothing." Does that include God ?
05/20/2004 12:32:21 PM
I think it is a battel in this world and the devel works on our weekest points. if we are fat or whatever god loves us all the way we are and he made us who and what we are if we look to him and not worrie of what others think he will give us love teach us to love our selfs as we are and after all we have to love our selfs to love others
08/12/2003 08:55:00 PM
Hi resist1; Could you answer this long question? I didn't believe in Jesus for awhile, so as a result, I went back a re-read about the resurrection and it made me cry. I did see the Jews as wrong in there actions about the resurrection, but then I finally realized what the resurrection meant, and that in order to get mankind to believe in God, Jesus had to prove God existed by completing the resurrection by being sacrificed and coming back to life. Am I right? Was this the purpose of the resurrection?
08/12/2003 08:24:59 PM
hi upfrontandpersonal; Same with me. I have had fear of the motives of at least three people I know who have either just recently passed through my life for a short time or who remain in my life as a family member. I don't understand my paralysis of these people. I just don't trust them, and although I attempt to maintain a healthy relationship and comfortable distance, I feel mistrustful still. I do have some legit reasons to feel mistrustful of them, however. It has helped to use spiritual tools in God to get through this. It will pass, I know as usually it does.
04/22/2003 02:14:11 PM
i have dealt with fear for such a long time and it paralyzes you. relationships dwindle, life encloses all around you like a boa-constrictor. God is the only light that has freed me from the torment of fear. he sees everything and sends a light, a beam that thaws and enables me to move once again. he really is awesome and he really cares.
03/05/2003 01:29:59 PM
Of course, that does not mean we will not suffer. On this side of the grave, few of us hold God's gift of faith securely at all times. On this side of heaven, hell will still rule because so many of us are still in bondage to false gods. As long as so many of us value the god presitige over the spirit of humility, hell reigns. As long as so many bow to the god competition rather than the spirit of giving, hell reigns. As long as so many of us embrace the god of selfishness, hell reigns. I do feel the pain of fear and heartache and want and regret and all the other causes of human suffering. BUT, because I know that God ultimately reigns and will bring all to perfection -- I have comfort. I am AFRAID, but I do not FEAR. Sounds like a contradiction, but God's ways very often do seem strange to humanity's very limited veiwpoint. Give God time and God will give you eternity.
03/05/2003 01:10:11 PM
There is however, hell here and now, a living hell we create ourselves through our sin and greed and hate and our worship of the gods of pleasure and pride and anger. God turns us from those false gods with the gift of faith. "We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves" says the Lutheran Book of Worship. Through Jesus taking on human form and satisfying the need for justice being done,God frees us now to live in hope. God created us. God loves us. God saves us. No one will be lost. Death and evil are ALREADY conquered. And THAT is why we need have no fear. And that is why we try so hard to bring justice and mercy and hope to anyone who suffers -- because we have such a hope and joy to share.
03/05/2003 01:04:05 PM
The reason that we need have no fear is because the Lord Jesus has paid the penalty for sin for ALL humanity, once and for all. "Since "all have sinned and fallen short of the grace of God" we all need that redemtion whether we recognize the need or not. However, since God has reconciled all of creation back through Jesus's sacrifice, we now have confidence that God loves us and that in the future all questions of justice and meaning will be answered to the satisfaction of ALL. In other words, since it is God's will that none be lost, ALL humanity will be saved. There is no hell after death, since a loving God could never consigned God's loved ones there and God loves everyone.
03/04/2003 12:07:46 PM
Fear is something that is certainly satanic, and it is something that can cause emotional response at the highest level in our bodies and emotional response system, and the only thing that I know that controls it with the most power is meditating on the Word of God, yes in the shower, driving down the street, during your prayer town, the word of God is truth and living and God loves to perform his word. Scripture also says his angels love to perform his word. I think this is also said to be medicine and water and food. So destress with the word of God its even on tapes now some with even music in the background. So when I can not sit down with the book in front of me I can still listen to it. Like now sitting at this computer
03/02/2003 06:23:07 PM
Not everything is down to satan, we let ourselves be taken away with lifes burdens to, We get so taken with lifes pleasures, material things/possension that everything else get put to one side which includes God. It is when we loose sight of God that everything else falls. People emphasis too much on job status, the latest car, whether ur a size 10 or 20, money, the latest fashion. Its suprising how long we spend focusing our attention on these things but do they really matter. Just think about it. We all have a reponsibilty to God, to ourselves and to all people around us
03/02/2003 06:08:51 PM
I do feel stronger within myself for giving it up but its something thats had a lock on me for 10 years and now it just me. it is now that i feel alone i need to renew my relationship with god, i know that he is with me and that his love is unconditional, he will never leave me, i have strayed over the years so much and fear has seperated me from my Father, it has put up the barrier, fear of not being accepted, guilt, doubt, anxiety, depression. If you feel that life has let you down, God is always there, he will guide you, and he will be your shelter. Please do not let lifes burdens take away everything you have to give, as you will only lose yourself. Its not easy, life is at times like a roller costa and doesnt run straight. Dont give up, you can do it! Have faith in God and believe in urself.
03/02/2003 06:08:29 PM
I had a dream late last year, I was shown different tasks which i had to overcome but they wouldnt come easy, some of them i had to work on but i did overcome them. I believe this was a message, God speaks to us in many ways and this is one of them. I realize that not all dreams are from the Father but this was a really positive message and its given me a different view on things. I stopped smoking on 1st Jan this year. At first I felt tempted, i doubted my self, i questioned myself and at time it was a struggle, its took 8 weeks for me to cope without thinking of having one. I have noticed alot of changes, I feel more stressed now and anxiety seems to get the better of me, in many ways i lost a friend mad as it seems, it made me feel good, it was there when i felt lonley, my comfort and i was dependant on it. cont...
03/02/2003 06:05:36 PM
I was bullied at school I was made to feel that i didnt belong, unwanted, like a failure and that i wasnt good enough. When i got to my teenage years. My mother told me i was a failure,was made to feel that i was a disappointment as my sister done alot better than me at school. Due to my overweight, she told me that nobody would want me. So I never felt worthy and confident within myself I was quiet and shy at school and had no friends. For the past 10 years I have not been at my best, I took up smoking amongst other things and for a while that did make me feel better but then I started having health problems and i started to overeat. In many ways I have been punishing myself.
03/02/2003 11:11:33 AM
Thank You TRUTH... "He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God" What this represents to me is that those who choose to allow fear rule thier lives and fill thier hearts, are those who live with satan. To me satan represents that very fear. The fear that people act on in terms of violence, greed, jelousy, anger, frustration, revenge etc.
03/02/2003 11:11:19 AM
I choose to believe that everything happens for a reason. This belief, and me constantly reminding myself of this...allows be to be free of fear. This is how I stay in tune with God, and keep "satan" away. I do love Jesus. I believe in the simplest form of his message *LOVE*. The versus of the bible hold truth and meaning for me. I just choose not to take the words too literally. I look for the meaning and the spirit behind them. I believe Jesus was aware of his source and tried to teach others to open up enough to allow that same awareness into thier lives. This is how I try to live. Open to God and myself...this is what life means to me.
03/01/2003 06:50:50 PM
laurenrod: I may have found one verse that describes Satan better than any other! (I found this using biblegateway.com's Advanced Search page, the New Living Translation, the New Testament, and the keyword "Satan") Ephesians 2:2 You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. Hope that helps everybody reading this! I use biblegateway's Advanced Search page a lot! It's great for viewing the same verse in different translations (you can even view them side-by-side!), searching by keyword, obviously, but most importantly, for me, feeding my soul with the food that satisfies my soul's hunger :)
03/01/2003 08:51:55 AM
please describe satan to me...
03/01/2003 03:41:59 AM
God whants us to help others cause it shows we have no room for greed.When we help its a example of free will it is symbolic.Like the LORD said when you are in the service of your fellow man you are in my service as well it says in my scriptures i will not ask a man to run faster than he can.faith pepole and laurenrod yes satain is real
02/26/2003 03:37:34 PM
When you don't seek from people what God provides, you aren't offended when they don't provide it.
02/26/2003 03:32:25 PM
I feel that the statement made by seeking-gods-help was intended to be offensive. To say that people who don't believe the same as her are not real is wrong. TRUTHchangesYOU...what does not expecting other people to supply your needs have to do with being offended by something? Are you sure that nothing at all in this world could not offend you? Nothing at all?
02/26/2003 03:19:40 PM
I give my fears and frustraions to god to handle, and ultimatley recieve everything I need, naturally. I appreciate what you are saying TRUTHchangesYOU, and honestly I wasn't offended, I was just trying to make a point. I felt that seeking-gods-helps statement was very closed minded, and for some reason felt I needed to express this. I believe that everything happens for a reason, which allows me to be free of fear. I can assure you that I do not expect anyone other than myself and god to supply my needs. I just want to try and help people open their minds a little bit.
02/26/2003 01:50:02 PM
No offense intended to you, laurenrod, of course.
02/26/2003 01:48:50 PM
One of the things that I learned lately about God's will for My life is that I need not be offended by anything. If I expect people to supply my needs I will always be offended.
02/26/2003 08:10:55 AM
seeking-gods-help...I AM OFFENDED. "anyone who says fear is not real and satan is not real I have to doubt weather you are real yourself" I know when I feel my heart pump blood thru my veins, and my lungs breath in oxygen, I am very real. Are you actually saying that if someone doesn't believe in Satan as an actual entity that they are not REAL???? Who are you to make such a remark. Do you have any evidence to PROVE what you BELIEVE to be true about SATAN????? Evidence other than the HOLY SCRIPTURES??? Every living human being is most certainly REAL, no matter what or how they choose to believe. You should be ashamed of yourself! It is narrow minded people like you who hold the world back from realizing it's full potential.
02/25/2003 09:24:51 PM
Gracie you have all the Saints in heaven rooting for you to!
02/25/2003 09:13:53 PM
Happy Birthday, gracielee57!!
02/25/2003 08:41:48 PM
Praise the Lord Saints! I want to let everyone know that I listen to Joyce Meyer every chance I get, I have some of her tapes and I do feel that those tapes have opened my heart to so much understanding. I felt like committing suicide for many years and thank God I was a coward, I have only two friends and they are not strong either so that is probaly why we are good friends I have asked God to bring stronger people into my life, I am overweight and for years it brought me such misery but it did not stop me from overeating, my family hurt me so much by ignoring me I believe that they are ashamed of me, I now don't overeat and I am finally happy about life, I teach bible class in my home every Sunday with my two daughters and my Husband. My family did not wish me a happy birthday yesterday, that hurt but Jesus says he will be my Father, He will be my Mother, my Sister and my Brother. I wish I could stop worrying about this and go on and Grow in God please pray for me
02/25/2003 06:42:46 PM
Praise the Lord everyone, I've always liked to read shared insight from Joyce Myers, esp. her sharing of her life expierences and where God has bought her from. Thanks again Sis. Joyce for sharing. As for the subject of fear, anyone who says fear is not real and satan is not real I have to doubt whether you are real yourself. Pleas don't be offended, but FEAR is REAL. SATAN is REAL. If you never believed it before I would think after all the events that has occurred since 9/11 you would know fear is real. God even tells us in the Holy Scriptures that man's heart would fail him because of fear. The key to fear is to increase your faith in God. Faith cancels out fear. God also warns us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
02/25/2003 04:10:59 PM
Summershine...thank you for the kind words. I think it's interesting that you mention social standards, and cultural concepts. I believe that as small children, we forget how to trust fully in life and god, when we begin think linguistically. We were all born with our ability to live instinctually fully intact. Eventually we receive the constant reminder from our mentors, that quickly gaining a self-image, and being successful according to society's standards is a matter of grave importance. Hence comes the fear. Fear of not living up to everything we have been taught is right. Fear of disappointing those that have lead us in this direction. Fear of not being accepted by the masses...and so on, and so forth. If we could somehow hone a child's ability to live as one with god...ability to live instinctually...trust in life’s benevolent nature...perhaps we could erase fear in the human species forever This is my goal for my child...to show her how to simply BE. . .
02/25/2003 12:29:08 PM
To laurenrod: After reading all of the posts on this subject, I have to say that you are truly an enlightened individual. I agree with everything you said...infact it is more like I remembered something when I read it. I will take what you said as well written advice. Thank you for reminding me of something that is so easy to forget in the midst of social standards, and cultural conceptual patterns. Peace and Love
02/25/2003 12:26:48 PM
I have no trouble with fear because I trust in my redeemer. Its too bad that the person who wrote the article doesn't believe in my redeemer because there is nothing but sheol without that faith. One would think that living in perpetual peace would be a greater lure than anything humans could devise for the sake of ones children, but obviously not. Fear on old world, fear on. Tilly
02/25/2003 12:10:05 PM
In the beginning of the message Joyce says God doesn't want us to be scared. But even when we do feel fear, we can choose to trust God and take action. Basically, all she is saying is there comes a time in your life that you'll need to step out on faith, when that time comes fear will most likely be present but do it anyway.
02/25/2003 12:06:26 PM
Why contradict the bible. II Tim 1:7 with the power of the Holy Spirit to cast out the demon of fear,resentment,bitterness,gossip,addiction and others Luke 11:24 and I Cor 4:20. Most Protestants don't believe this portion of Jesus' ministry given to the believers by the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
02/25/2003 09:12:13 AM
Fear is a waste of emotion and energy. If we could learn to listen to our first insinct in every situation, we would always know the best possible solution. Our way of extrapolating with the rational mind, rather than with the love in our hearts is what produces fear. God is present in every moment of our lives, our awareness of this is lost. We have fallen from this awareness as a species. Long ago we went to sleep under the spell of matter, and forgot how to live instinctually at all times. To live as one among the many, aware of the presence of god in every moment, is the only way to erase fear from our egoic minds. If we could only learn to live from our spirits rather than refer to our rational linguistic thought process we would all be happy and free of fear.
02/25/2003 03:20:10 AM
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you. Shlomit in Tel Aviv
02/25/2003 01:26:10 AM
I agree, I also think that fear goes hand in hand with being humble. Going back to faith, I believe faith has alot to do with our feelings, but the scriptures tell us that Faith without works is dead. It is not just feelings, you have to put your faith to work to please God. Also, the scriptures say that it is not the hearers of the Word that are justified, but the doers of the Word.
02/24/2003 04:09:09 PM
who suffer fear
02/24/2003 03:53:40 PM
Contrary to what a few posters wrote, it would seem that God is closer to those who suffer.
02/24/2003 03:52:12 PM
Excuse me. I mean that one would err to think that all because he or she doesn't feel this or that at any given moment he or she is not close to God at that moment, etc.
02/24/2003 03:28:20 PM
"Let's remember that our faith isn't ultimately determined by our feelings. " Are you kidding??? What are you TALKING about??? OF COURSE it is. One's interpretation of the tradition that they find themselves a part of IS COMPLETELY determined by one's feelings!
02/24/2003 12:37:24 PM
Interesting posts. Let's remember that our faith isn't ultimately determined by our feelings.
02/24/2003 11:03:47 AM
FAITH......Just a correction of scriptures, Jesus' sweat was "as" blood, not blood.....I fear God, not in a way that makes life difficult, but as respect for His power, honor and glory. (Have you ever been chastised by God? I hope so. Hebrews 12:5-8; Heb 12:28-29). DREADFUL EXPERIENCE. Fear exists because of His power and the unknown, we are saved by grace, through FAITH and FAITH is the substance of things HOPED FOR, and the evidence of things NOT SEEN! We have never seen Jesus, and we have never seen heaven, but we BELIEVE that Jesus has gone away to prepare for us a place that where He is we can be there also....it is impossible to please God without FAITH. When I am in the spirit, I feel just right with God, but when I get back in nature I begin to doubt once again that I am ok with Him, that is when prayer comes in and obedience, rejecting to willfully sin and keep on the straight and narrow. I love you all and just want you know what I feel God told me to type.
02/24/2003 10:06:55 AM
"God wants us to be totally free from fear." So, what happened to Jesus in Gethsemane? You couldn't get a better picture of fear than someone sweating blood in anticipation of what was about to happen to him. Silly, simplistic theology.
02/24/2003 01:14:05 AM
So out of stubbornness you tie your souls to ideas which lead to the rejection of the prophets and Gods son. Hmmm, it is said that fear is a percursor to courage. All mankind will be judged thus I will stick with the Son of God as my redeemer, who understands mercy towards we who seek to know his grace. Tilly
02/23/2003 03:45:42 PM
I believe the topic here is fear of God. When Peter started to sink in the water, Jesus said "o thou of little FAITH, wherefore didst thou doubt." Although he was afraid of the wind, it was his lack of faith that caused him to sink, according to Jesus...consider this, then we think we know some of these things that are discussed, doesn't it exclude faith, for what saith the scriptures, the righteous shall live by FAITH.
02/23/2003 03:34:15 PM
The scriptures tell us to work out our own salvation with FEAR AND TREMBLING! FEAR GOD! God is Love, but, our outward imperfection (nature) keeps us in check, if we have no fear of God, then when we are in nature we have no reason to try and stay within the will of God.
02/23/2003 10:47:26 AM
You can not b at your best if you live in fear! Peter feared and stop walking on the water, without fear he walk on the water! OBEY GOD
02/23/2003 03:40:31 AM
I have a real problem with people who claim to know God, but do not quote Jesus, for he said, "Fear not". I realize that for many, God and Jesus are synonamous, but this should not be a way to ignore that Jesus is the final authority on our happiness. God said that he gave Jesus all power over all people, so to us who believe in Jesus, his words should have greater import than the rest of the Bible. FoG
02/23/2003 12:50:24 AM
personally i know what it means when the bible says perfect love casts out all fear. when i haven't forgiven somebody & therefore not walking in love, i kinda tend to have the fear of death in me for some reason--i guess i fear that if i don't forgive that person & if i die now, i know i won't go to heaven. Jesus said, if we don't forgive others, neither will the Father forgive us. nevertheless, if i know i'm walking w/ God & in His love, it's just the opposite: i tend to feel that if i die now, i know i'm gonna be w/ Him. paul said, whether i live or die, i belong to the Lord. paul also said that death can't separate us from the love of God. like paul, i can then boldly say that whether in life or death, God will always take care of me.
02/22/2003 11:12:21 PM
Jesus took away our greatest fear- of death but only when we live according to the Law of God, which is the Law of Love, which is the Law of Life. Whatever title we assign, the truth is the same. Our thoughts and actions create that which exists around us; as we change our thoughts and actions, the world changes. Let us deal with our own shadow tendencies of delusion, anger and craving and replace these instead with well-sought wisdom, compassion and gratitude and build a world and a future of sustainability and peace while we still have the opportunity to do so.
02/22/2003 12:47:26 PM
Joyce Meyer has a good message here. There were times in my teenage years though when fear kept me from doing things that I later realized were wrong. I think God can use our sense of danger and fear to protect us. But obviously Meyer's focus is different than that. I think she's talking more of an insecurity fear that keeps us from living out God's will. Also, I fear sometimes for my loved one's salvation. That fear spurs me on to intense prayer for them. That must be a good thing.
02/22/2003 08:46:20 AM
Hmmm... I suppose the millions (billions?) of people in the world who die of famine and disease and atrocities, including Christian believers in developed countries who are victimized and murdered in their homes at night, beaten and killed by disturbed spouses, raped as children by "responsible" adults, would all agree that God "always takes care of us" and that to fear is simply a lack of faith or inability to love completely. Right. I love God and practice my faith, but this kind of "faith" is simply obsessive-compulsive bahavior. Anyone remember SNL's "The Church Lady?" ;-) Faith and common sense CAN coexist, but not in this author's world view. Just my two cents. Raven00
02/22/2003 04:15:09 AM
God is not to be feared. God is love. Anyone who believes in "Satan" is dreadfuly afraid. Fear and spirituality do not mix. Fear creates seperation and where there is seperation there is unfair judgement. I choose peace instead of this. There is no conflict.