By trust­ing in God, you can learn to over­come your fear

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Maybe it was the way I was raised, but I’ve al­ways been a very fear­ful per­son. I ad­mit that most of the things I worry about don’t ever hap­pen, but I still worry about them. Will I al­ways be like this?

I sus­pect you al­ways will be like this — if you don’t take steps to con­quer your fears! But you can take steps to con­quer them — and the most im­por­tant step you can take is to learn to turn your fears and anx­i­eties over to God.

Let me ex­plain. Right now you see the world as a place that is against you: peo­ple are against you, cir­cum­stances are against you, fu­ture events are against you. And to some ex­tent you are right: the world can be a scary place. We can’t al­ways con­trol what hap­pens to us, and some­times things do go wrong.

But lis­ten: ul­ti­mately God is in con­trol — and he can be trusted to see us through life’s dif­fi­cul­ties and sur­prises.

And God isn’t only in con­trol — he also loves us, and he can be trusted to do what is best for us. The fu­ture is in God’s hands — and we can trust him no mat­ter what hap­pens. Je­sus said, “But take heart! I have over­come the world.” (John 16:33).

Turn to Je­sus Christ and ask him to come into your life — and he will. Then when fears come, turn them over to him in prayer, and have con­fi­dence that he will take care of them. He loves you, and you can trust him to be with you in the midst of every sit­u­a­tion — no mat­ter what it is. The Bi­ble says, “Cast all your anx­i­ety on him be­cause he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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