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Jeff Cavins is a Catholic evangelist and author who offers weekly, half-hour talks on a variety of Biblical subjects. He roots many of his talks in scripture, and in this snippet, you can hear some inspirational and motivating quotes around fear. If you have anxiety, listen in!
Publish Date: Feb 19, 2021
Jeff Cavins is a Catholic evangelist and author who offers weekly, half-hour talks on a variety of Biblical subjects. He roots many of his talks in scripture, and in this snippet, you can hear some inspirational and motivating quotes around fear. While this particular episode is titled selections for the "new year," you can tune in any time you feel like you need a few encouraging words from a Higher Power!
new Year. The first category that I would like to talk about is one that many people face as they go into a new year. And that is fear. You know, fear is a very powerful, powerful thing in people's lives. It it keeps them from doing what they're called to do is Ah, husband as a wife is a generous single person. As as clergy religious, whatever vocation you you find yourself in life. There are obstacles in life, and there are situations that arise that cause us to fear, and it literally grips us. And it renders us immobile as's faras going forward with the Lord. But the Lord wants you to know that fear is not of God. Love conquers fear in our in our life. And so I want to share a few of these scriptures to you. There's many more that we could choose from, but this is what I really felt led to give you this week. Number one. His first Samuel, Chapter 12 and verse 24 Onley fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. What a great text for Samuel 12 24. It's a great text because it really it really, uh, narrows down the area that we should fear. We fear the Lord, not in the sense that we're gonna get clobbered over the head or that he's unpredictable because he is the same yesterday, today and forever. But the scripture says only Onley fear the Lord Onley Fear the Lord. And as you go into a new year, keep that in mind. When you are faced with fear, you can immediately halted and say, Wait a minute, Wait a minute. I'm only gonna fear the Lord, and not in a way that's gonna cause me to cower in the corner. But I'm gonna fear the Lord in awe of what he could do in in my life. And I love what it says that the tail end of that verse for consider what great things he has done for you. One of the things that you can do this year to conquer fear is you can rehearse what God has done in your life. If you're facing financial situations right now, or perhaps family problems or problems at work, think back to the things that God has done in your life and how faithful he is. This is related to to praise where we bring back all those things that God has done, and we proclaim them with all of our heart Onley fear the Lord, serve him and serve him faithfully and consider what he's done for you in your life. That is a great text to conquer fear. Another one that I really like is second Timothy 17 where Paul writes to Ah ah, fairly young pastor. You know, Timothy was, ah, young pastor, and emphasis and emphasis was a center of witchcraft and all kinds of idol worship. And And he was young and and it seems to be a part of the equation that that he was a little bit timid because of his age because he was young and Paul told him, Don't worry about that. Don't let that bother you. And here's what he said to Timothy, he said, for God did not give us a spirit of timidity. Some translations say a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self control. And I like that verse because it gives us three things that we can do in our life when we are facing a spirit of timidity or a spirit of fear. And that is, uh, realize that God has given you by virtue of your baptism by virtue of your confirmation by virtue of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God has given you a spirit of power. So whatever you're fearing right now, uh, taking into the new year realize there's a spirit of power inside of you. Not only that, but Paul mentions two other things. He says that there is a spirit of love, love, love. Not only do we have a spirit of power, but we have love, you might say, Well, I don't feel like I'm, you know, really lovable or I don't love in great ways. But remember, one of the theological virtues that you received at baptism was love charity. And you can cultivate that in one of the ways that we deal with fear in our life is that we counter fear not only with the power of the Holy Spirit but with the love of the Holy Spirit. The love of God. The love of God is so powerful that when you walk in love. Uh, a Z I mentioned earlier. Uh, fear is dispelled because God did not give us fear. He gave us love. And so whatever you're facing right now, find out how can I walk in love in this situation, in my relationships with the people that we perceive are causing this fear in my life with situation that's causing fear in my life Walk in love And then the third thing that he says which is so amazingly powerful, is self control. Walk in self control. And this is something that we all need to hear is that when we walk in fear, there is a temptation to just go out of control, you know, and and lose the reins and and let life just happen. But that's not what we're called to do. We're called. We literally are called to walk in self