Through the Storm | Week 2 – Fear is the Enemy
When we embark on a life of following Jesus, we can be sure that He will get us to where we are going. As His followers, we are promised eternal life with Him, in a place He prepared for us, where there is “no more death, mourning or crying or pain” (Rev. 21:4). He will be with us every step of the way; that means, even in the hard parts and in the storms. It is up to us to believe that, to embrace it, and to live like we know it is true. Because of Jesus, we can have great confidence and peace as we stand in the face of difficulties and every kind of challenge. Fear holds us back, it distracts us from the promise and it prevents us from joyful living. When Jesus says, come follow me, we can be certain that He will get us there.
READ Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?
READ the passage again and consider these related questions.
Consider the words describing God: light, salvation, stronghold. How does this build our confidence and ability to trust Him?
Can fear and faith in Jesus, exist in the same space?
Read Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 8:25; Luke 8:24
1. Compare the actions of Jesus to the response of the disciples?
2. How do storms in our life impact our faith?
3. What happens when we forget that Jesus invited us and is sitting with us?
Read 2 Kings 6:15-20
4. Compare these two stories. When we face real dangers, what should we do?
Read 2 Timothy 1:7; Mark 5:35-36; John 10:10-13
5. Describe how trusting Jesus must be a lifestyle if we hope to successfully weather the challenges of life with confidence.
6. Where does fear come from? How do we resist it?
7. Discuss why fear should be considered an aspect of spiritual warfare.