Dealing with Fear
Numbers 13:26-28a; 30-14:4
26They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
30Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
31But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
1That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3Why is the Lordbringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
What is your greatest fear?
How do you unconsciously feed that fear?
The amygdala: an almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions
Pray with others who are NOT afraid.
Start a book of ‘God things’ in which we write down those times when God seems so obviously in control…..and then look at those when we’re scared.
Take a deep breath and let the Holy Spirit replace fear with peace.
Don’t be afraid to laugh at any ridiculous fears.
Go through the fear quadrangle:
Remember the old acronym:
Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:3-9; I Chronicles 28:20; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 56:3-4; Isaiah 41:13; Romans 8:15; 2 Corinthians 4:8-11….and so many more!
Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC