Does fear play a big role in your life? Do you ever have anxiety about what you may be facing or what is happening in the world? Does fear ever grip your heart, sending panic through your chest that feels like a shard of glass?
There are many things in this life that engender fear. Having just heard that China quarantined 56 million people due to the coronavirus, along with an infection recently discovered in Oregon, a friend said she was fearful to allow her children to go with her to town. Another friend admitted that she was afraid to have more children – the constant threat of war making the world such a dangerous, uncertain place. And then the sudden, seemingly random, death of Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, a fearful reminder that death’s door is always close at hand. Another friend has such financial pressure that he told me he’s not sure what tomorrow will hold – bankruptcy? Many of us can relate to the challenges of financial pressure – I certainly can. And, how about anxiety over one’s kids . . . what will life hold for them? Yes, life offers many reasons to fear.
Fear casts a shadow on every heart it touches. Like a nighttime intruder in your home, it leaves a sense of corruption, violation, and that dirty feeling. Is this how a Christian is supposed to live – tormented and debilitated by fear? Of course not! The Bible instructs over 300 times: Fear not! Even so, many who say they follow Christ live with fear in their lives like some low-grade fever that spikes when least expected.
How can you conquer fear in your life? Are there steps you can take to triumph over this hostile intruder in your heart and mind? Yes, there are! The truth is that, as a believer, you are far stronger than you realize! God has given you His spirit and equipped you with real power to combat and to stand strong against the enemy named ‘fear’.
You weren’t made for fear, but for peace. Join us on the podcast today as we discuss how to win in the battle against fear, and to keep right on winning!
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Do you have a challenging child or know someone who does? New Book for Parents!
What’s the worst you’ve ever faced as a parent? An all-out tantrum at the mall? A son who won’t take out his earbuds to listen to you? A daughter who’s failing at school and won’t do her homework? A teen who constantly breaks curfew? A call from the police? Whatever you’re dealing with, Raising the Challenging Child will help.
Building on their work at Chaddock, a nonprofit organization that has worked with some of the most challenging kids in the nation for more than 150 years, the authors empower frustrated parents with practical tips and real-life examples on how to
– minimize behavioral meltdowns
– reduce conflict
– increase cooperation
– promote healthy attachment
– improve family relationships
The strategies they share work both for the child who is going through a difficult phase brought on by life disruption or trauma, and for the child who faces chronic struggles. Parents, teachers, and those who work with children and youth will find positive, practical steps they can start taking today in order to understand and address the baffling behavior of the child under their care. Get your copy here: Raising the Challenging Child
Matt Jacobson is a biblical marriage coach and founder of FaithfulMan.com a biblical marriage, parenting, and discipleship ministry providing written and audio teaching, as well as couples marriage coaching. He is the co-host (with his wife, Lisa) of Faithful Life Podcast and is author of the bestseller, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt is pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship and is married to Lisa, founder of Club31Women.com (they have 8 kids!).