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Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

 Whenever I get fearful of doing something God calls me to do I always go back to the story of Joshua. He was just a normal guy who God suddenly called to lead his people into the Promised Land. That’s pretty scary, if I do say so myself. Joshua had all sorts of doubts and said it was impossible, but God laughs at impossible because with him all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

We love placing limits on ourselves, saying that we’re not good enough or talented enough. When we do this we’re saying that God isn’t big enough to take care of us, or that he can’t do it. Do you really believe that? Then why do you live as if it’s true? God has no limits, so stop placing them on him.

God has called us to live crazy and bold lives, but so often we live comfortable and quiet lives because we’re too scared of what God will call us to do. Stop being fearful and trust that God will use you to make the impossible possible.

QUESTION 1. What limits have you placed on yourself or God? What do you think you’re not good enough to accomplish?
QUESTION 2. Was there a time when God did the impossible through you?
CHALLENGE: Have the courage to step into God’s best for you and do what you believe is impossible, because I promise you, it is not.




Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Is there anything in life that you fear? There are many fears that people around the world live with every day, and how people deal with these fears can bring either positive or negative results. On the one hand, fear can actually do great damage; for example, take a skier who is afraid of falling, once the fear of falling enters into his mind he becomes so consumed with falling that his fear actually causes him to fall. On the other hand, fear can be a great thing; for example, if you find yourself in a shady part of town where it is very common for pickpockets to rob people, your fear of being robbed may actually cause you to take the necessary precautions to keep you from getting your purse or wallet stolen.

God wants us to use wisdom when confronting our fears. Instead of allowing our fears to rule us, He wants us to take our fears to Him. If we turn our fears over to God, then he promises to give us the strength and help we need to overcome them. Besides, how can we be afraid of what mere man can do to us; our hope is not in man but rather in God, the Creator of the Universe, and the Greatest Conceivable Being (Psalm 56:11)! Know this day that God will uphold you with his righteous right hand and he will give you the strength to stand firm in your faith!

QUESTION 1. What do you fear most in life? Can you come up with a time when fear gave birth to a negative outcome and another time when fear had a positive outcome?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever held back from telling a friend or group about the good news of Jesus Christ because you were fearful of what they would think and/or say about you? For that matter, have you ever held back from doing anything that God was calling you to do because of fear?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to trust God, to step out in faith and follow what he’s guiding you to do in life. Don’t be afraid, because God is with you and he will give you the strength and help you will need to accomplish great things for his kingdom.




Matthew 14:27-29

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” And he said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

When I was in high school my youth group’s exclusiveness was so bad our picture could have been in the dictionary next to the word Clique. If you were a newcomer, and you weren’t some crazy popular person, you were most likely ignored. I remember the day I met my now good friend Kristen; I asked her if she was new to the youth group and her reply sunk me: “I’ve been coming here for two years.” I hadn’t even noticed her.

The youth group was supposed to be where we built one another up in Christ, but instead we were acting as bad, if not worse, than typical high schoolers. I’m sure you’ve experienced at some point the feeling of being an outsider. It is a lonely and awful feeling. It can be scary, though, to be on the other side and take a step out to talk to someone new. But doing this can change someone’s life.

If we profess to follow Jesus then he has called us to live differently. We aren’t meant to play it safe and stay in our own comfortable circles; we are called to go out and love everyone. And not just the popular kid;, it means everyone. Let go of your fear of the new and unknown and cross that cafeteria to the kid sitting alone, or get to know the new kids in your youth group. Whatever it may be, step out in faith knowing God has called you to this and he will be right there with you.

QUESTION 1. How often do you branch out of your own comfortable friend group and include someone new?
QUESTION 2. What are you scared will happen if you step out of your comfort zone?
CHALLENGE: Jesus is calling you to step out of your boat. Whether it’s the classroom, youth group, or cafeteria, don’t be afraid. Jesus is with you.
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