What Are You Afraid Of?
Facing Down Your Fears With Faith
by Dr. David Jeremiah
"As Christians, we have been given all we need in order to face down even the most frightening, unexpected, and overwhelming obstacles in life."
Dr. Jeremiah explores the top ten fears that are holding so many of us back from the life God has called us to live, and shares the secrets for facing down these fears with faith.
"Fear isn't necessarily an evil thing; it's what fear does to us, when we allow it to take over in our lives. Many people don't realize that the number-one exhortation in the Bible isn't 'love one another' -- it's 'fear not!'"
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"Our fears of failure, loneliness, rejection, impending disaster, or major illness never seem to go away. They are fears that prey on life itself. Those are the fears I address in this book."
I wonder if I will have the courage to trust God, believing, with the Apostle Paul, that as my body diminishes, I can continue to soar spiritually.
Dr. Jeremiah focuses his book on some of the most common fears, beginning with one I've had some recent acquaintance with: natural disasters.
Dr. Jeremiah's chapter on the fear of death is a solid biblical treatment on the subject, and it reminded me that even in the process of dying -- or experiencing the death of a loved one -- God is with us.
One thing I’ve learned about fear is that one way to combat it is to submit yourself to the worst possible scenario, look it square in the face, and then give it to God.
For almost every fear, Dr. Jeremiah's proposed solution includes an admonishment to read and meditate upon the Bible, reminding yourself of the promises and character of the God you serve. I have found nothing so helpful in combating my own fears than steadfastly preaching God’s truth to myself.
There is a better way to make sense of the conflicting Biblical descriptions of God, one that does not slip into idolatry but that allows the full force of the biblical revelation about God to begin to break through.