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Everyone struggles with fear, but we don't have to let fear control us.

Have you ever struggled with overcoming fear or anxiety? You’re not alone, and believe it or not, even Jesus’s disciples, who walked with him and witnessed his miracles, struggled with fear when a violent storm looked like it would capsize the boat they were in.

Luke 8:22-25 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

Even though many of us believe Jesus is the Lord and God of the universe, we, like the disciples, can be overcome with fear when life gets scary.

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We Can’t Control the Storms

One of the reasons it is scary to be in a storm is that we have no control over it. We either “get through” storms or we wait for them to pass. And many of us aren’t comfortable with this. Like the disciples, we react out of fear instead of trusting in Jesus. When we react out of fear, we hand over control of our lives to it, and fear will take us places we never wanted to go.

How to Overcome Fear

We can only overcome fear with faith. We must trust that Jesus is bigger than the storms of our lives and that his will is bigger and greater than we can imagine. We need to shift our focus from ourselves and our situations (storms) and instead shift them to God.

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The unknown evokes fear, but if we choose to have faith and to trust in God and what he is doing, we will have the freedom to not fear the storms of life – even if those storms haven’t yet passed.

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are storms in life you’ve experienced or are going through right now?
  3. Why do you think so many people struggle with fear?
  4. Read Luke 8:22-25. The disciples had seen Jesus perform many miracles, yet they still feared when the storm came even though he was right there. What do you think your reaction would have been in this situation if you’d been a disciple of Jesus? Why?
  5. “Fear will take us places we never wanted to go.” Have you seen this to be true in your life?
  6. What steps must you take to overcome your fear with faith? To shift your focus from yourself and your storms to God?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This topic is adapted from the kirbyisaboss YouTube channel. Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.