‘Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him,
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31
Hopefully you know the story of Peter walking on water and then starting to sink, but I have a quick question for you. When Peter looks back at this moment in his life do you think he looks back with joy or with frustration? I’ll give you a minute to think about this…
Fear can be gripping! Usually is.
Fear robs us of experiences, joys and fun that we can be looking forward to for years.
Fear comes upon us and most times doesn’t just leave, but can stay with us in a debilitating way. We know that our Lord Jesus Christ conquered fear from 1 John 4:18: ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.’
The phrase ‘fear has to do with punishment’ gives me pause, does it give you pause too? My first thought is that fear can be its own punishment. SO, the easy question is to ask personally if our struggle with fear means love has not been perfected in us. Love from God or love towards God? Through the process of ELIMINATION, I know God’s love is not faulty and that means it is our love that is lacking if we struggle with fear, RIGHT?
Fear In Its Place
I ask this question in that way because it is important for us all to figure out if we have a tendency to live allowing fear in. As we raise our CHILDREN, they need to know how to not allow fear into their life. I love the passage in 1 John 4, but HONESTLY, I don’t use that passage to understand fear as much as I use the story in Matthew 14 with Peter walking on water.
Conquering fear allows us to do amazing things like walk to Christ on water, succumbing to fear makes us sink and drown in our worries and struggles. Both are possibilities in life and it is when we make the choice to cast fear aside that we come closer to Christ.
- In what areas do you see your students struggle with fear?
- How do we separate fear and failure from each other so that our students are not fearful of failure in life or in their faith?
Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.
Dig and Release weekly info: Every Sunday during the 2nd service we have Dig and Release for all students 7th-12th grade. We are Releasing this Sunday (Feb 10th) in Room 105 and then we will be Digging next Sunday (Feb 17th) at East.
District Blitz is April 12-14 in Duluth, MN Early Bird: $85 by March 13
Summer Mission Trip
Join us on a summer mission trip to Rapid City, SD to serve with Youthworks Ministries. July 14-20, 2019 More information to come.