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Fear Not - Recap of July 2017 Metro Life Church Women's Ministry Meeting

Roxanne Gray offers a wonderful summary of our July 30, 2017, meeting. For those in attendance and those not, it will inspire you to take God at his word when he says, "Fear not." Thank you, Roxanne. 

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Did you know the phrase “fear not,” and its various synonyms, is mentioned over 300 times in the Bible? God talks about fear often because He knows we all have things we’re afraid of. Some common fears include: death, public speaking, accidents, job loss, rejection, failure, sharks—maybe, for us in Florida—and cockroaches—okay, that one’s totally mine. While everyone is afraid at times, it’s our response to that fear that matters. Even when we don’t know what to do, the advice is often: “Don’t just stand there; do something!” But according to Priscilla Shirer, God says the opposite, “Don’t just do anything, stand there.”

During the Women’s Ministry Meeting, Emily Jessee showed an excerpt of a video by Priscilla Shirer. According to Exodus 14:13-14, Shirer says God gives us four action items when we’re facing our own Red Sea:

  • Be fearless
  • Be still and stand firm
  • Be watchful and see the Salvation of the Lord
  • Be silent

You can view Shirer’s entire message (Going Beyond Ministries with Priscilla Shirer - Fear Not) on YouTube. Click here for that message. 

Signs on the tables around the room each listed one of these common fears:*

  • Fear of What If (future) . . . and If Only (past regret) . . . - 2 Cor. 10:5
  • Fear of Rejection, Abandonment, Betrayal - Job 38:4
  • Fear of Being Found Out - 2 Cor. 5:17
  • Fear of Failure - Rom. 8:38
  • Fear of Death – Heb. 4:15, Heb. 2:15, 1 Cor. 10:13
  • Fear of My Past Catching Up with Me – Rom. 8:28, Rom. 12:2
  • Fear of Not Being Significant – John 3:16
  • Fear of God’s Plan For My Life – Luke 22:42
  • Fear that God Isn’t Real – John 20:29

*Angie Smith, author of What Women Fear, discusses each of these fears in depth and provides prayers to overcome them.

Allison Myers, Erica Craig, Mike Craig, and Anna Kester led praise and worship. Allison related her own battle with fear after she inexplicably lost the strength in her hands and didn’t know if she’d ever be able to use them again. While she was still unable to play her guitar, she wrote “In the Waiting,” a song about her journey. Now that she’s recovered much of her strength, she hopes  to encourage those who are walking through a chronic illness. She performed her song with lyrics being viewed on the screen, reminding us to keep praying and believing for healing because “God is faithful” and “In the waiting, He’s still God.”

In a beautiful interpretive dance, Stephanie Gibson, Kayla McMillan and Tiffany Brown, members of MLC’s Valor Praise Dance Team, led worship to “I Am a Child of God.”

At the close of the evening, each woman received a paper entitled “I give you, Lord, all my fears!” with blank spaces to list every concern. Everyone was encouraged to take their fears to the altar and leave them with God. If you weren’t there, it’s not too late to complete this step. You can give all of your fears to Jesus now. He’s willing and able.

Women’s Ministry Meetings are held on fifth Sundays. Please plan to attend the next meeting on Sunday evening, October 29, 2017.

Finally, we’d like to thank Emily and her faithful team, who serve the women of Metro Life Church and make these events possible.

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