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    November 10, 2020
    Flipping From Fear to Faith
    Barb Roose

    Today's Truth
    Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39, NIV).

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    On what should have been a glorious day, I faced two choices: I could suffocate to death, or become a supersize tasty snack for the hairy eight-legged monster lurking somewhere in my room. I pondered my options while stuffed inside of a comforter wrapped tighter than a burrito around me. I needed to breathe, but did I want to risk dying?    

    I spent hours envisioning all the "what if" ways that I could die of a spider bite. For hours, I sweated and stressed myself out. Here's the kicker: When I finally got up and out of the bed, I never saw a spider! I'd lost hours of sleep stressing myself out over worse case scenarios that never happened!

    Whenever we're afraid, it's easy to create "what if" movies in our minds. We envision worst-case scenarios about what might happen to our kids, at our jobs, to our health or wellness, or the death of our dreams. I call those negative mental movies "WorryFlix" because our mind effortlessly streams mental episodes filled with painful scenes, crushing emotions and devastating endings. It's a channel that stresses us out during the day and keeps us up at night, but we can't seem to change it.

    So, how do we cancel WorryFlix and eliminate those mental movies whenever they start playing? Thankfully, Jesus models how we can experience God's victory over our fears and worries.

    In Matthew 26, Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew that it was time for God's redemptive plan to move forward, meaning that Jesus would face physical beatings and pain before dying a humiliating death on a criminal's cross. Can you imagine some of the "what if" mental movies Jesus might have created in His mind? Matthew 26 records Jesus' prayer to God on two separate occasions. Rather than fixate on "what if" worst case scenarios, Jesus chooses to pray a specific way: "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet, I want your will to be done, not mine" (verse 39).  A few verses later, Jesus cried out again: "My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done (verse 42).

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