Mud, Bath, and Beyond

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Idolatry-Discerning: Entrusting God with fears and worry.

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Matthew 6:34

So don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

"Fear not!" says the Bible. What would you do if any of the following happened to you?

1. At lunch, your best friend refuses to sit by you and won't even look at you. Other kids are laughing when they see you. What do you do? How do you feel?

2. You are in bed at night. You hear voices. Your mom and dad are arguing. Their voices are getting louder and scarier. What do you do?

3. The math test is this morning. You really tried to study, but fractions confuse you. Fractions are just too hard. What do you do?

You may be thinking that feeling afraid happens every single day. That is often true-even for adults. The amazing thing is that God understands our fears. Even though God is not afraid of anything, he knows that many things scare us every single day. Sometimes the things that scare us are happening right now. Sometimes we are afraid of what might happen in the future. Either way, it's fear. That's why the Bible talks so much about being afraid. What does the Bible tell us? The Bible says that we don't have to be afraid because God is in charge of everything that happens. But when your stomach is churning with fear, what can you do?

First, memorize one of these Bible verses. When you are afraid, whisper it to yourself until the fear goes away.

Hebrews 13:6. The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.

Psalm 56: 3. When I am afraid, I will trust in God.

John 14:1. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God.

Second, tell God you are afraid. Imagine you are putting your fear into a big box. Tie the box up tightly, then picture yourself handing it over to God. After you give your fear to God, don't take it back. Leave it with God's powerful hands. He will handle it for you. That's a promise you can count on.

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