Faith Over Fear
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When Fear Tempts us to Try to Fix Someone We Love (Genesis 24)

April 11, 2023
00:00 18:26
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Many of us know the pain that can come from living outside of God's will. We might also have experienced the increased joy, healing, and freedom that comes from a close relationship with Him and following however He leads. And we want our loved ones to avoid our mistakes and experience the same soul-deep wholeness and fulfillment Christ offers. When our desires and doubts lead to fear, however, we're often tempted to respond in one of two counter-productive ways: We become overly pushy and risk creating increased barriers between our loves ones and God, or we lean the other way and don't speak truth when God leads us to do so for fear of pushing them away. Both scenarios often indicate we've taken on responsibilities God never assigned to us. 

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  1. What most resonated with you in this episode?
  2. In relation to your friends or loved ones who don't follow Christ, or who appear to be venturing further from Him, which direction do you tend to lean: pushing them to change or overly-guarding your words for fear of making the situation or your relationship worse?
  3. What are some ways we can differentiate between sharing out of love and how much is pushing the other person?
  4. How might our anxiety and fear lead make it challenging to recognize the difference?
  5. Why is it important to recognize what is and isn't our role and what role belongs to God alone?
  6. How might reflecting upon God's heart and character help us entrust our loved ones to His care?
  7. What is one action step God might be asking you to take, having listened to this episode. 

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Jennifer Slattery, founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, is a multi-published author, national speaker, and speaking coach passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. She is a host on Your Daily Bible Verse and Faith Over Fear. Find her online at
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Carol Ogle McCracken is a fun-loving wedding planner, speaker, Bible teacher, and author who brings to Scripture to inspire a personal, vibrant relationship with Him. Her authentic challenges faced while journeying through alcoholism, raising a child with special needs, and divorce, equip her to teach, entertain and encourage you. Carol currently serves as the Minister of Discipleship at her home church and is a Christian communicator in many different forums, large and small, and especially enjoys teaching at women’s retreats. Her book Wisdom, Where to Find It if You've Lost, Forgotten, or Never Had It was released in November 2020.
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