Faith Over Fear

Faith Over Fear

Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

Responding with Courage When Others Act Foolishly - Ep. 48

April 06, 2021   ●   16 min

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When others in positions of authority or influence act poorly, we can feel vulnerable and threatened. What if we work for a reactionary boss who could cause the entire company to go under? Or what if our spouse’s poor choices cost him his job and then our home? We’ve probably all experienced times when we’ve felt as if someone else’s choices have backed us in a corner. Our fear might cause us to lash out, to try to flee, or to freeze and shut down completely. In this episode, Jennifer Slattery and Shellie Arnold unpack a section of Scripture that reveals a better, wiser option.

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Group Discussion Questions:
1. Consider a time when you’ve most felt like a victim to your circumstances or someone else’s reaction. What made it hard to trust God’s care in that situation?
2. In what ways has your past negatively colored your view of God?
3. What are some ways God has shown Himself to be trustworthy and attentive in your life?
4. When has God given you quick, supernatural wisdom for dealing with a difficult situation or person?
5. When you feel threatened, what tends to be your default response: fight, flight, freeze, or trust?
6. Why is it important to pause to seek God’s guidance during times of crisis?
7. Why is it important to seek God’s guidance when dealing with reactionary people?
8. When has someone acted like an Abigail in your life and talked you down from a tense situation?
9. What did that individual do that proved so effective?
10. Why must we base our security in Christ rather than our circumstances or other people’s choices?

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