Faith Over Fear

Faith Over Fear

Jennifer Slattery and Carol Ogle McCracken

When Fear Tempts us to Try to Fix Someone We Love (Genesis 24)

April 11, 2023   ●   18 min

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Many of us know the pain that can come from living outside of God's will. We might also have experienced the increased joy, healing, and freedom that comes from a close relationship with Him and following however He leads. And we want our loved ones to avoid our mistakes and experience the same soul-deep wholeness and fulfillment Christ offers. When our desires and doubts lead to fear, however, we're often tempted to respond in one of two counter-productive ways: We become overly pushy and risk creating increased barriers between our loves ones and God, or we lean the other way and don't speak truth when God leads us to do so for fear of pushing them away. Both scenarios often indicate we've taken on responsibilities God never assigned to us. 

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  1. What most resonated with you in this episode?
  2. In relation to your friends or loved ones who don't follow Christ, or who appear to be venturing further from Him, which direction do you tend to lean: pushing them to change or overly-guarding your words for fear of making the situation or your relationship worse?
  3. What are some ways we can differentiate between sharing out of love and how much is pushing the other person?
  4. How might our anxiety and fear lead make it challenging to recognize the difference?
  5. Why is it important to recognize what is and isn't our role and what role belongs to God alone?
  6. How might reflecting upon God's heart and character help us entrust our loved ones to His care?
  7. What is one action step God might be asking you to take, having listened to this episode. 

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A Prayer to Choose Jesus - Your Daily Prayer - July 24

Open your home to Jesus. Invite him in and prepare to give him your best, but don’t leave him sitting alone. Take the time to sit at His feet and listen as He fills you with the necessary Words of Truth you need to live this life. Then make that choice over and over again. May we all choose what is right, better, and the good portion each and every day.

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