Overcoming fear

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How do we eliminate fear? By taking charge of our situation. By doing something instead of nothing. The two servants who invested the money the Master entrusted to them were not afraid (Matthew 25:14-28). If they had any fear at all, it was covered up by their activity. They knew their master was exacting, so they invested the money hoping for a return and for that they were rewarded. The third servant, however, was overcome with fear and did nothing. He buried his treasure, and God could do nothing with it because of his inactivity.

Fear rules where inactivity festers. Fear dissipates where activity flourishes.

Remember when the disciples were fearing for their lives on a stormy Sea of Galilee, and Jesus came to them walking on the water? Now they were even more afraid thinking they were seeing a ghost. But as soon as Peter saw that it was Jesus, he asked if he could walk out to meet him. Jesus told him to come and for a while Peter too walked on water until he took his focus off of Christ and onto the storm, then started sinking, requiring Jesus to reach out and rescue him.

Now compare Peter’s experience with that of the other eleven disciples on the boat. They are sitting there with nothing to do but worry. Peter didn’t have time to worry; he was too busy acting on his faith. He was having an adventure because he chose to get out of the boat and do something. He took charge of the situation and turned it into a story we’re still talking about and learning from today. And even when he did become afraid out there on the water when he took his eyes off of Jesus and started noticing the waves and the storm, Jesus was right there to rescue him.

Initiation dissipates fear. The “doing” is the best weapon against being afraid, because once we step out of the boat, the adventure begins. The choice is always ours – do nothing and be afraid, or do something and believe.

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7 Responses to Overcoming fear

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Pastor John I found Today’s Catch to be interesting b/c once heard in the Amway Biz that parable from Jesus in Matthew 25:14-28 about that talents or money showing a type of proof or verification for the wealthy paying less in taxes in our capitalistic system. Due to the Lord blessing the servants who did more with the money…

    PS Many years ago sent emails to my two Michigan Democratic Senators, which caused an interesting discussion w/ one of them, or a staffer in her office. LOL it was fun…

    • jwfisch says:

      It’s just a part of God’s economy of faIth. He who has, more will be given. Act on what you have, God will give you more.

      • Mark D Seguin says:

        Love your reply, plus re-reading this Catch again this morning this stuck out a lot more: “Fear rules where inactivity festers. Fear dissipates where activity flourishes.” Amen!

        PS plus between me you & the wall next to you, LOL looking back on that Amway speaker he often tried to justify his great wealth from the Amway Biz by using Scriptures, yet now knowing much better the vast majority of it didn’t come from his work in the Amway Biz, but from the Biz tool system scam he & a lot of them sold in it – apart from the Amway Biz! And the worse part of that they kept that part secret!

  2. Sandie says:

    Peter was always my favorite apostle…always out front with the quick answer and being commended by the Lord…always in front with the quick observation and being reprimanded by the Lord. Quick to defend the Lord and cut off an ear. Quick to deny the Lord and run away in fear and shame. Quick to doubt, then run to see an empty tomb.Quick to glumly go back to his previous occupation; quick to jump from the boat when he recognizes Jesus. Afraid to dine with a pagan; then not only sharing a meal, but sharing the Good News. Kind of reminds me of myself.
    He always gets dinged for doubting and almost drowning; yet is not credited for getting out of the boat in the first place…and knowing exactly where his salvation was when he began to sink.
    “Upon this rock I will build my church…”

  3. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    ~ Isaiah 41:10

    There is a spirit of fear overcoming the world as the Corona Virus epidemic continues to escalate. As people of faith, we trust in a holy God who surely created the cure before he allowed the disease. So, though we listen to the experts and take necessary precautions, we also guard our hearts with His word.

    If fear is troubling your heart, I pray you will hear Him say,
    “I am with you.”

    If you are struggling to overcome the worries of the world, I pray you will hear Him say,
    “I will strengthen you and help you.”

    If you are feeling uncertain about the future, I pray you will hear Him say,
    “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Friends, we serve a mighty God who is much bigger than this virus. And we serve a God who works through us – through you and me – to perform modern-day miracles.

    Believe it.

    Excerpted from Holy Land Moments Daily Devotionals:
    “Extraordinary Time Extraordinary Measures” by Yael Eckstein

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