Monthly Archives: April 2018

It’s hard to talk about fear and not think about the tragedies we see on the news every day. We’ve all had those moments when we think, “That could happen to anyone… Even me.” Let’s talk about keeping that fear from controlling our minds and what truths God gives us to think on instead.

Read (from the New Living Translation)

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Go Deep

When walking into a football stadium just days after a tragic shooting, Justin Paul (from WAY-FM) was reminded of something his mother used to tell him. It was surprisingly relevant to every adult struggling with fear.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

Paul [author of 2 Timothy] mentions three characteristics of the effective Christian leader: power, love, and self-discipline. These are available to us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. Follow his leading each day so that your life will more fully exhibit these characteristics. See Galatians 5:22, 23 for a list of the by-products of the Holy Spirit living in us.

You made it to Day 4! Just a reminder, if you ever need prayer as you work through these topics, please comment below or visit WAY-FM’s Prayer Wall. We’d love to pray for you and encourage you!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

1 Samuel 17:26

David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”

Go Deep

Have you ever looked at your problems and thought, “This is just too big.” Joy Summers (of CJ & Joy) has been there, too!! In today’s video, Joy gets into the details of how we can start looking beyond our fears and at a God who is bigger than we can imagine!

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

What a difference perspective can make. Most of the onlookers saw only a giant. David, however, saw a mortal man defying almighty God. Goliath was a target too big to miss. He knew he would not be alone when he faced Goliath; God would fight with him. He looked at his situation from God’s point of view. Who or what are the “giants” you are facing?

You might know Zach Williams from his songs “Chain Breaker” and “Old Church Choir.” His new song, “Fear is a Liar” is the perfect anthem for this series!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

1 John 4:18

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

Go Deep

“The devil has a way of getting in your head and messing with your faith.” Zach Williams shares his own run-in with crippling fear. Now, he’s writing songs, speaking out against fear, and encouraging others to walk in faith. So, how did he move from fear to faith? Watch today’s video to find out!

 

Watch the powerful video to Zach’s song called, “Fear is a Liar.”

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

If we ever are afraid of the future, eternity, or God’s judgement, we can remind ourselves of God’s love. We know that he loves us perfectly (Romans 8:38, 39). We can resolve our fears first by focusing on his immeasurable love for us, and then by allowing him to love others through us. His love will quit your fears and give you confidence.

Ready for Day 2? Singer/songwriter, Natalie Grant shares the power-packed Scriptures that help her face fear every day!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

2 Corinthians 10:5

We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Romans 8:6

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Go Deep

Have you ever felt guilty for feeling afraid? Natalie gets it. When the word “cancer” entered her life, she was terrified. Cancer threatened to take her voice away and change everything about her life. But she stood firm and learned some powerful lessons about dealing with fear. She tells the full tale in today’s video.


Natalie recorded this song before she ever knew she would face cancer, but it’s now taken on a whole new meaning for her. The lyrics are powerful and a great reminder of the truth Natalie shared in her video. It’s called, “More Than Anything.” 

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

Paul divides people into two categories: those who are dominated by their sinful nature, and those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit. All of us would be in the first category if Jesus hadn’t offered us a way out. Once we have said yes to Jesus, we will want to continue following him, because his way brings life and peace. Daily we must consciously choose to center our life on God. Use the Bible to discover God’s guidelines, and then, follow them. In every perplexing situation, ask yourself What would Jesus want me to do? When the Holy Spirit points out what is right, do it eagerly. For more on our sinful nature versus our new life in Christ, see Romans 6:6-8; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:3-15.

Get ready for a big kick-off! But first, here’s a road map of what you’ll see each day for the next 15 weekdays:

  1. READ: Each day you’ll read a Bible passage speaking truth about fear and going along with each story.
  2. GO DEEP: Watch each day’s video from your favorite artists and personalities. They’ll share a personal story on fear and some powerful insights they’ve learned from experience!
  3. NOTES: These are so cool! Notes from the Life Application Study Bible will be provided each day to help you understand and apply the verses you’re reading. They’ll give you insights that you wouldn’t have known otherwise!
  4. BONUS – RESPOND: You can always join the conversation in the comments – ask questions, share stories, encourage others who are battling with fear or anxiety, as well. You can also always post a prayer request or pray for others on the WAY-FM Prayer Wall.

Here we go!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Go Deep

Leave it to Wally (from The Wally Show) to start your series on fear by doing something a little crazy! Wally’s comical (and daring) introduction in today’s video will make you laugh, but his heartfelt story about giving God his deepest fear will get you thinking.

 

Notes (from the Life Application Study Bible)

Although God chose the Israelites to represent him to the world, they failed to do this; so God punished them and sent them into captivity. Now all believers are God’s chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing him into the world. One day God will bring all his faithful people together. We need not fear because: (1) God is with us (“I am with you”); (2) God has established a relationship with us (“I am your God”); and (3) God gives us assurance of his strength, help, and victory over sin and death. Are you aware of all the ways God has helped you?