Monthly Archives: April 2018

Wow, you made it through all 15 days! We’re so proud and so honored that you’ve gone on this journey with us! Here are two resources we want to leave you with as you continue on your journey! You’ve come a long way, but we know it’s not over yet. First, here are all the Scriptures you’ve read over the last 15 days written out for you to read through whenever you need to be reminded of truth!

16 Bible Verses to Help You Combat Anxiety, Worry, and Fear!

 

Second, we believe music can play a huge role in reminding us of truth and getting that message into our hearts on a daily basis. Here are 16 songs that we’ve seen make a huge impact on people struggling with fear, anxiety, and circumstances beyond their control. When you feel fear, look back on these verses, listen to these songs, and remember who is in control no matter what!

1. “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams

This song could be an anthem for our entire series! Zach Williams’ story on dealing with fear is in Day 3 of this series!

Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar
Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears
Let Your fire fall Your love is all I feel

 

 

2. “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle

This one will fill your heart with hope! It’s so relatable. Even when you don’t see the answer, God is trustworthy til the very end!

When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You

 

 

3. “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North

This is the song for when you feel broken and weary and don’t know where else to turn. Tenth Avenue North is so incredibly honest about feeling this way, but they also never back down from the truth that is always there to bring us immeasurable hope!

I have this hope
In the depth of my soul
In the flood or the fire
You’re with me and You won’t let go

 

 

4. “Fearless” by Jasmine Murray

The inspiration for this song came right after Jasmine had a panic attack and finally asked for help from her community. It’s a really cool story you can hear in Day 6 of this series!
But I wasn’t given the spirit of fear
I was given the power of love
Everything I’ve been fighting against
I’m gonna lift it up

 

 

5. “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson

Who is in control? Even in the middle of chaos? This song reminds us so beautifully.

In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm

 

 

6. “Warrior” by Hannah Kerr

You’ll never stop me, I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield, His love is the armor
I’m a warrior

 

 

7. “Bigger Than This” by Jo Dee Messina

Country artist, Jo Dee Messina, couldn’t get through her current battle with cancer as a single mom without full reliance in God. She says her peace and joy comes from finding God in the everyday moments and remembering He is bigger than any problems she may face! This is the song that came out of that experience. Don’t miss Jo Dee’s beautiful story in Day 10 of this series!

 

 

8. “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music

This worship song will speak truth into your life, reminding you that fear has no power over you! Even when we feel fear, God is the one in control!

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

 

 

9. “More Than Anything” by Natalie Grant

This song took on a whole new meaning for Natalie after battling thyroid cancer and facing the possibility of losing her voice. She had to face the fact that even more than the answer she wanted, even more than the fear, she had Jesus! And that would be enough because of who He is and what He’s done for us! Check out Natalie’s story in Day 2!

Help me want the Healer
More than the healing
Help me want the Savior
More than the saving
Help me want the Giver
More than the giving
Oh help me want You Jesus
More than anything

 

 

10. “Sparrows” by Jason Gray

Jason Gray has an amazing way with words. If you struggle with anxiety and worry, this song will really bless you.

You can’t add a single day by worrying
You’ll worry your life away
Oh don’t worry your life away
You can’t change a single thing by freaking out
It’s just gonna close you in
Oh don’t let the trouble win

 

 

11. “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz

Don’t ever underestimate the power of slowing down, taking a breathe, and intentionally resting in the truth the Jesus gives us. This song illustrates that perfectly.

Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe

 

 

12. “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns

When fear is talking to you and entering your thoughts, remember you have a choice! What voice will you listen to? The fear of the enemy or the truth of our Savior? God is with you always. Choose to listen to Him more than you listen to the fear.

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

 

 

13. “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

When mistakes happen, what happens next? This “oldie but goodie” is the motivation you might be needing today. Jesus is always there to welcome us with open arms. No mistake is too big for Him to forgive and for you to move beyond.

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

 

 

14. “Hope in Front of Me” by Danny Gokey

Fear has a way of closing us in and making us believe there is no hope. That is so untrue! What Jesus did for us on the cross, taking our sin and shame, rising again, defeating death and evil, and offering us the free gift of forgiveness and relationship with Him – that is always true and always there to bring joy and hope to our weary hearts.

There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me

 

 

15. “Greater” by MercyMe

God is so much greater than any fear, problem, or lie that might be in our way. Focus on God’s greatness and watch your perspective change!

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world

 

 

16. “Through All of It” by Colton Dixon

No matter what is happening in your life, God is with you through every single bit of it. Turn to Him. Talk to Him about your fears, heartaches, and struggles. Focus on Him more than your problems and see what a difference it can make. This song can help with that!

I have won
and I have lost
I got it right sometimes
But sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey
I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it

 

 

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We’ve talked about this a couple of times throughout this series, but do you realize how important your own thoughts are when it comes to fear and anxiety? We’re digging in deeper on that one today. We want to make sure you’re set up for success next time those anxious thoughts creep in!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Go Deep

Tauren Wells tells a great story about fear! Then he shares some awesome insights on taking your anxious thoughts captive and, instead, activating your faith!

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

We, like Paul [author of 2 Corinthians], are merely weak humans, but we don’t need to use human plans and methods to win our battles. God’s mighty weapons are available to us as we fight against the devil’s “strongholds.” The Christian must choose whose methods to use – God’s or the world’s. Paul assures us that God’s might weapons – prayer, faith, hope, love, God’s Word, the Holy Spirit – are powerful and effective (see Ephesians 6:13-18)! These weapons can break down the proud human arguments against God and the walls that Satan builds to keep people from finding God. When dealing with people’s proud arguments that keep them from a relationship with Christ, we may be tempted to use our own methods. But nothing can break down these barriers like God’s weapons.

 

Don’t forget to check out WAY-FM’s Prayer Wall if you haven’t lately. You can get prayer and give prayer to others who need it any time! It’s the perfect addition to this series on fear!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

John 15:4-5


Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

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Dating and romantic relationships can amplify our feelings of anxiety, worry, and fear. Today, Rebie from WAY Nation (and guest on The Wally Show) tells the story of her own bravery amidst relationship turmoil. It’s a fun story, but it packs a big punch when we realize what was at the root of her confidence in the first place.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

Remaining in Christ means (1) believing that he is God’s Son (1 John 4:15), (2) receiving him as Savior and Lord (John 1:12), (3) doing what God says (1 John 3:24), (4) continuing to believe the Good News (1 John 2:24), and (5) relating in love the community of believers, Christ’s body (John 15:12).

 

You may have heard today’s verse before, but wow, it’s a good one. Really take this to heart today.

Read (from the New Living Translation)

Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.

Go Deep

Bekah (from The Wally Show) was faced with her worst fear. When her husband got sick, she was faced with the possibility of losing him. Thankfully this didn’t happen, but this did set off a long chain of dealing with a chronic sickness. New fears began to pop up in Bekah’s mind, but today, she’s sharing what she’s learned through this process and some powerful ways to combat your worst fears.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

Death casts a frightening shadow over us because we are entirely helpless in its presence. We can struggle with other enemies – pain, suffering, disease, injury – but strength and courage cannot overcome death. It has the final word Only one person can walk with us through death’s dark valley and bring us safely to the other side – the God of life, our shepherd. Because life is uncertain, we should follow this shepherd who offers us eternal comfort.

Today’s reading is a little longer, but it’s so worth it! Let these words sink in as you read them.

Read from the New Living Translation

Romans 8:28-39


And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn* among many brothers and sisters. <sup<30And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 1:21


For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

For other encouraging passages, read John 3.16-17; John 11; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 4.16-5.10; and Psalm 90. – Pastor Dave

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This is a topic that may hit home for you. Whether you’re afraid of losing someone you love or maybe you’ve lost someone, you’re not alone in feeling fear or dread when coming face to face with death.

In today’s video, Pastor Dave (from WAY-FM’s Prayer Wall) talks openly about this topic. He’s walked through this with some of his own friends and tells the story of one in particular that can really help as you battle your own fears.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

God works in “everything” – not just isolated incidents – for our good. This does not mean that all that happens to us is good. Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Not that God is not working to make us happy but to fulfill his purpose. Note also that this promise is not for everybody. It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called by him, that is, those whom the Holy Spirit convinces to receive Christ. Such people have a new perspective, a new mind-set. They trust in God, not in worldly treasures; their security is in heaven, not on earth. Their faith in God does not waver in pain and persecution because they know God is with them.

When the bad news keeps coming and anxiety hits, in that exact moment, what do you do? What is your first reaction? Today’s video is going to explore a response to anxiety that might change your entire outlook on your situation.

Read (from the New Living Translation)

Psalm 37:4

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Psalm 27:1-4

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.

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Country music legend, Jo Dee Messina, responded to a moment of anxiety and bad news in a profound and beautiful way. In today’s video, she gives us an update on her battle with cancer and how she’s finding joy in the midst of fear.

 

Watch Jo Dee perform the song inspired by this journey! She performed her brand new single, “Bigger Than This,” on Huckabee.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

Fear is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves. Everyone has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another-fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death. But we can conquer fear by trusting in the Lord, who brings salvation. If we want to dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember with the psalm writer that “the Lord is my light and my salvation.”

Don’t forget, if you’re struggling with something today, let the World’s Biggest Small Group family pray for you! Check out WAY-FM’s Prayer Wall, post your prayer request, and even pray for others! When someone prays for you, you will be notified. It’s such a good feeling, being reminded you’re not alone.

Read (from the New Living Translation)

Ephesians 1:18


I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Proverbs 3:5-6


Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

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Singer/Songwriter, Jordan Feliz, tried to take control when worry took over his life. God was asking him to move across the country and take a huge leap of faith! So, Jordan started planning! But when his plans fell through, he only had one option left. And that’s where he learned a beautiful lesson about God.

 

After that leap of faith, Jordan Feliz has made some awesome music! Check out this live performance of his song “Witness.”

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

To receive God’s guidance, said Solomon, we must seek God’s will in all we do. This means turning every area of life over to him. About a thousand years later, Jesus emphasized this same truth (Matthew 6:33). Examine your values and priorities. What is important to you? In what areas have you not acknowledged him? You may already acknowledge God in many areas of your life, but the areas where you attempt to restrict or ignore him will cause you grief. Make him a vital part of everything you do; then he will guide you because you will be working to accomplish his purpose.

 

There’s a lot to worry about and a lot to be afraid of, isn’t there? So, today’s fool-proof topic will be a breath of fresh air! It’s the one thing you never have to be afraid of losing.

Read (from the New Living Translation)

Romans 8:38


And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

Go Deep

When Betty Rock (from The Wally Show) found herself angry at God, fear instantly struck. “Great, now even God is mad at me. I don’t even have him.” But thankfully, God showed up powerfully in this moment and taught her something about fear that we all need to remember.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

Powers are unseen forces of evil in the universe, forces like Satan and his fallen angels (see Ephesians 6:12). In Christ we are super-conquerors, and his love will protect us from any such forces.

Have you joined the conversation? Don’t forget to check out the comments beneath today’s video. You may be able to get a question answered or encourage a fellow World’s Biggest Small Group member!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

John 14:27


“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

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Not only is CJ a hilarious storyteller, but what brought him to the CJ & Joy show in the first place took courage – and a big step of faith. In fact, it took him driving 5 hours away from home just to say one prayer! Hear all about it in today’s video.

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says he will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from him. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace (see Philippians 4:6, 7 for more on experiencing God’s peace).

Welcome to Day 6! You’re 1/3 of the way through the series! We hope your perspective on fear is starting to change for the better. Today we get into some very practical advice on dealing with the crippling effects of anxiety and panic attacks. This is a good one!

Read (from the New Living Translation)

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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Before going into a songwriting session, Jasmine Murray suffered from a panic attack. This had been going on for a while and she hadn’t opened up about it. But that day, everything changed and something beautiful came from it. If you’ve ever suffered from anxiety, Jasmine’s video is for you!

 

This is the song that Jasmine wrote that day in the songwriting session. It’s called, “Fearless.” 

 

Notes from the Life Application Study Bible

We’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill his mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.

If you’re interested in checking out the apps Jasmine mentioned, here are the links:

Abide

The Calm App