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Fear: It Can Be a Web |  Moments of Comfort

Statistics. Numbers don’t lie. Do they? Science. It can and should be followed. Right? So much data and information from so many sources about so many topics blair and scream at us endlessly! TV, internet, social media – who’s telling the truth? No wonder so many people can find themselves in a web of fear – a web of intense fear. The difficulty with fear is that it is an emotion that each person feels differently. I may feel fear when you do not. But being caught in a web of intense fear needs your attention. It may be that the things you see and hear and experience reinforce that fear to the point where you’re filled with extreme stress, with intense worry, or with unending anxiety. And that’s not healthy for anyone. The disciples of Jesus struggled with a web of intense fear. One particular night, Jesus sent them out in a boat and a storm came up out on the Sea of Galilee. It was dark and windy. Jesus went out to them, walking on the water. Then, the Bible tells us – Mark 6:49 “But when they saw Him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw Him and were terrified.” The disciples knew what they saw: a man walking on a stormy sea. And superstition had taught them that ghosts inhabited the depths of the sea. So they figured their time was up! They were caught in a web of fear that played with their emotions. The disciples had not been hearing the truth – the truth of Jesus and the Word of God. In their web of fear – and the stress, worry, and anxiety it brought – their hearts were not yet open and fully understanding and believing who Jesus was. That He is God Himself and has power over every situation.

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