Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves

Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves

We will never be short on fears. Failure, rejection, sickness, losing a loved one, being alone—the fears we carry are many and heavy. Fear can be a tyrant, a bully we can’t hide from. It can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships, and hinder our faith.Trillia is no stranger to fear. She has known its harsh grip on her life, but she has also known the gentle hand of...

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Title:Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves
Author:Trillia J. Newbell
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  • Faith

    Fear, Trillia explains, is the posture of one expecting harm. As fragile humans in a fallen world we can come to harm in many ways, and so we have many fears. The trouble is that fearfulness doesn't protect us. It drains us.

    Sure, there's a "healthy fear." We know it as caution. Caution informs our carefully chosen actions, helping us to engage with the world and be safe too. The unwholesome fear drags us away from reality. It doesn't want us to form relationships, resolve issues, or grow in any

    Fear, Trillia explains, is the posture of one expecting harm. As fragile humans in a fallen world we can come to harm in many ways, and so we have many fears. The trouble is that fearfulness doesn't protect us. It drains us.

    Sure, there's a "healthy fear." We know it as caution. Caution informs our carefully chosen actions, helping us to engage with the world and be safe too. The unwholesome fear drags us away from reality. It doesn't want us to form relationships, resolve issues, or grow in any way.

    Don't you recognize it, when it comes to get you? That state of panic when the imagination runs wild and you see everything that could go wrong in vivid detail?

    Trillia has written this book to toss out a life preserver of God's truth onto the waves of fear.

    She believes that knowing who God is, what God has done for us, and who we are according to God will set us free to live without the ravages of fear. That's the "faith" the title refers to. It's not faith-in-general. It's specific faith, learned one portion of the Word at a time.

    Chapter by chapter she shows us treasures she has gleaned from the Word, and her enthusiasm whets our appetite for more. Fear of the future, fear of tragedy, fear of being judged and compared, fear of being ugly and unwanted, she brings all of these "unhealthy fears" into the strong light of the Word.

    Personal stories from women show us what the fight against fear looks like in real life, and they encouraged me. I really appreciated that Trillia doesn't pretend your fears won't come true if you're "faithful enough." She knows that they may. Some of her fears have. And yet.... God hasn't changed, and when a fear comes true and re-shapes reality, God meets her there. That's the hope she extends to all of her sisters.

    I thank Moody Publishers for my review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Barnabas Piper

    As a man I am not the target demographic, but Trillia's honesty and clarity are refreshing. Nobody likes to admit being afraid, but it's always easier when someone else goes first. Well, she went first and then walks with the reader through those fears to a place of true, biblical encouragement and faith. There is nothing condescending or preachy in this, nothing to make people with insecurities feel guilty. Just the opposite. And it's a short book so those who lack time (like nearly everyone) c

    As a man I am not the target demographic, but Trillia's honesty and clarity are refreshing. Nobody likes to admit being afraid, but it's always easier when someone else goes first. Well, she went first and then walks with the reader through those fears to a place of true, biblical encouragement and faith. There is nothing condescending or preachy in this, nothing to make people with insecurities feel guilty. Just the opposite. And it's a short book so those who lack time (like nearly everyone) can read it with ease.

  • Kristie

    I really loved this book and was encouraged and reminded of the gospel over and over. This is a great book for anyone that struggles with fear and or someone that wants to be reminded of who they are in Christ.

  • Hailey

    This book was amazing. Very challenging and encouraging. Our church just did a Women's book study on this. Highly recommend!

  • Vik Arch

    Like Trillia writes that as we are we will never be short of fears, but on other hand God gave us the spirit of power, of love and of sound mind… So, every time when fears try to creep in, we always can be sure in Jesus Christ’s finished work and the truth that we are free and restored.

    No longer we are slaves of the fear of man, neither of fear of the future, because God is the One in control and the ultimate Creator Who has all lives in His hands. We no longer bow down and keep battling the fea

    Like Trillia writes that as we are we will never be short of fears, but on other hand God gave us the spirit of power, of love and of sound mind… So, every time when fears try to creep in, we always can be sure in Jesus Christ’s finished work and the truth that we are free and restored.

    No longer we are slaves of the fear of man, neither of fear of the future, because God is the One in control and the ultimate Creator Who has all lives in His hands. We no longer bow down and keep battling the fear of the others or fear of tragedy, because again God is the One Who decides what, when and how… So does the fear of not measuring up cast away in the presence of God Who is the All Consuming Fire and the One Who put His worth in Adam’s race, on people who carry His image and likeness… So is defeated the fear of physical appearance, for God so loved the World and He is the One Who called His mighty army to be perfected in Jesus Christ, and to be the great multitude of varieties in many shapes and sizes. How to face and slay the fear of sexual intimacy in the marriage vows… Or how to have the fear of the Lord? How and why we can trust the Lord?

    Trillia opens up a deep and real struggles of fear, and how she became assured in Christ’s love forever.

  • Laurie

    Key chapter for me was on fearing tragedies – the whole book, though, provides a clear view of our loving God and how to take every thought captive. I really appreciated seeing and praying through the words to the hymn “How Firm a Foundation” – brought new meaning to me.

    Key quotes:

    I’ve experienced the intense and debilitating temptation to fear. The fear I am referring to is by definition an expectation of harm; it is to be alarmed and apprehensive. When I am tempted to fear in this way, it is b

    Key chapter for me was on fearing tragedies – the whole book, though, provides a clear view of our loving God and how to take every thought captive. I really appreciated seeing and praying through the words to the hymn “How Firm a Foundation” – brought new meaning to me.

    Key quotes:

    I’ve experienced the intense and debilitating temptation to fear. The fear I am referring to is by definition an expectation of harm; it is to be alarmed and apprehensive. When I am tempted to fear in this way, it is because my false sense of control has been altered by a circumstance. Or there are unknowns—what lies in the future—and I realize I have absolutely no control over what will happen. In many ways, our fears rest in seeking trust and security in ourselves..182

    During those times my mind isn’t meditating on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)..187

    when we place our security in the Lord, we too can wear strength as our clothing (Proverbs 31:17)..212

    “Fear of man” is a term used to describe the heart of someone who acts or says, or does not act or say, certain things out of fear of what others may think..226

    “Fear of man” is a term used to describe the heart of someone who acts or says, or does not act or say, certain things out of fear of what others may think..226

    Caring deeply about what others think can be damaging to our faith and bring great despair..229

    Tragically, you and I deny Christ every time we care more about what others think of us than of what God has already declared. Every time we seek man’s approval and praise, we say to the Lord that His sacrifice was not enough. And He says to us that He became “fear of man” so that we would be counted as righteous..277

    The fear of man isn’t always our denial of another or our attempt to impress; we can fear man in our private thoughts about them. Our made-up scenarios and fear can lead to judging others..282

    We’re preoccupied by the opinions of others. This is the fear of man..288

    when I’m tempted to fear man, it’s usually rooted in fear of what someone else thinks of me. But as I dig deeper, I realize that I’m actually judging and assuming the worst of them.290

    Tim Keller calls “gospel humility.” As he explains in his helpful book The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: Gospel humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. It is an end to thoughts such as, “I’m in this room with these people, does that make me look good? Do I want to be here?” True gospel humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. The freedom of self-forgetfulness. The blessed rest that only self-forgetfulness brings..299

    Preoccupation with what others think is pride..305

    the fear of man is described in God’s Word as a snare (Proverbs 29:25)..335

    As we meditate on the character of God and remember His holiness (Psalm 77:13), omniscience (Psalm 147:5), sovereignty (Deuteronomy 4:39), and love (John 3:16), we begin to experience the beginning of wisdom and understanding (Psalm 111:10). When I began to intentionally think about God’s character, I started to experience true freedom in Christ and joy in the Lord. My life was no longer partly dependent on others; it was more fully submitted to God..349

    You and I think we have to be in control of how we are viewed or of what others think, but God says no, we are safe..383

    The father said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). He didn’t know what the future would hold for his son, but he knew enough to know that Jesus had the power to save him. He didn’t come to Jesus with a mountain of faith—he had little faith. This should encourage us as we struggle with our own doubts and fears of the future. Even a little faith can protect us from the unnecessary worry and anxiety produced by fear..479

    We must aim to glorify the Lord in all we do and rest in the Savior, who doesn’t place on us pressures for perfection..530

    You are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and the Lord rejoices over you with gladness (Zephaniah 3:17)..532

    We were once filled with malice, envy, and hate, but now, because of Jesus, we can resist falling into those sins. The temptation will remain, but because of His goodness and lovingkindness Jesus appeared and saved us—He made us new. Because we are new, we can fight sin. Because we are His, we desire to fight it (otherwise we would find a way to justify our thoughts and behavior). God does the work of making us new, which includes creating in us a new heart that desires to love and do good to our neighbor. We can rest in knowing that He provides the means to fight and the grace to love. He will help us rejoice with and encourage our sisters..605

    My heart wants control because, if I’m honest, I’d like to never experience pain again. I want to be like the Christians who ask God for trials in order to strengthen their faith, but my faith wanes in this area of asking. This sort of unbelief, not believing that God is good in all He does, blinds me when I’m tempted to fear tragedy..625

    When we fear tragedy that hasn’t even happened, unlike the miscarriages I endured, we put ourselves through unnecessary stress. That’s why our Lord tells us not to worry about tomorrow, because today has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34). And it’s so true. Each day often does come with its variety of trials, but when we worry about things that aren’t there, we are creating more trouble for ourselves. That’s why there’s something comforting about hearing other people’s stories. Their stories can help provide comfort..639

    We don’t get to see the end of our own trial at the beginning of it—the future grace that will inevitably come from a trial. But when we get the chance to sit down with a friend and hear how the Lord was faithful in her trial, our faith is built..645

    our fear of tragedy can be rooted in a fear of suffering and not having control. The good news is that we have a God who is in control and knows what is best for us. He promises good—not a lack of trial but ultimate good..665

    “My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net” (Psalm 25:15)..671

    God is good, gracious, and loving as well as sovereign. I can trust Him. My fears subside as I remember and throw myself into His capable arms..679

    “Cup” was a common metaphor for God’s righteous wrath poured out on sinners. Jesus is about to drink this “cup” in the place of others; he is the only one who could.3 Jesus was not cheering and jumping for joy as He faced the darkest time of His short life. He was rightly sorrowful. He knew that He was about to endure something miserable. Yes, it was worth it, and He knew that He would soon be with His Father, but during those moments in the garden we get a glimpse of Christ’s humanity. He was emotionally drained; He was in agony. Jesus did not sin in His sorrow and distress—the reality of enduring suffering produced a natural emotion..731

    “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:5.746

    DeYoung notes, “As Christians, our lives should be marked by joy (Phil. 4:4), taste like joy (Gal. 5:22), and be filled with the fullness of joy (John 15:11). Busyness attacks all of that. … When our lives are frantic and frenzied, we are more prone to anxiety, resentment, impatience, and irritability..812

    When our hearts fail us, God continues to be our strength; He teaches us and is patient (Psalm 73:26)..874

    When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10)..875

    Jesus reminds me that I could never do enough or be enough but that I am enough because of Him—because He is enough. Jesus reminds me that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, so I can have grace for others who demand my time and attention, and He will enable me to lovingly serve them..879

    The Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us that “God is Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” God is so great, so magnificent, so awesome in everything He is and does. As Packer so eloquently wrote, “Like us, he is personal; but unlike us, he is great.1248

    “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2)..1315

    A gentle and quiet spirit is ultimately found in trusting and fearing the Lord..1407

    As we grow in our understanding of the goodness and sovereignty of God, which gives us the armor we need to stand in awe and reverence of the Lord rather than to walk in fear of our circumstances, our inward being begins to be transformed from anxiety to quietness, from angst to gentleness..1410

    You can read book after book, but it’s only in God’s Word that He is truly revealed, and it is there that He gives you the tools to face tragedies..1490

    at the end of the day, I choose to trust the Lord’s sovereignty. I choose to trust him when He says He will bring to completion what He has started in me (Philippians 1:6). I choose to trust His promise that everything that happens in my life truly is for my good (Romans 8:28). I choose to trust His promise of providing for my every need (Luke 12:22–31). And, above all, I choose to glorify Him in all circumstances for the purpose of shedding His light and truth to this fallen and broken world..1621

    Because He has called me to fellowship with other believers, I must fight all fear that keeps me from investing in relationships..1635

    Our good, loving, sovereign God will pilot us. His love never ceases, and He is great in faithfulness. “‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’” (Lamentations 3:24). May this be the cry of our heart when our fears come true..1702

    One way to grow in the fear of the Lord is not to fear other things at all. Obviously, we will continue to fear, but as we grow in trusting God and fearing Him, we will rightly place our fears on Him..1770

    All of Isaiah 41 points to God’s sovereign hand. And then in the middle of it, He reminds us that He is not only sovereign but also loving, good, and for us, and because of this we do not need to fear. God is with us. So when our fear of man seems louder than our trust in Him, or our fear for the future overwhelms our thoughts, or our fear and comparison strip us of our joy, the Lord proclaims to us, “Fear not, I am with you.” He reminds us that He is our God. He is a personal and intimate God..1776

    How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? In every condition, in sickness, in health; In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth; At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea, As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be. Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, For I am thy God and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand. When through the deep waters I call thee to go, The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow; For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine. Even down to old age all My people shall prove My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love; And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn, Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne. The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose, I will not, I will not desert to its foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.4 God’s patience.1790

    “Have you not put a hedge around him … and all that he has?” (Job 1:10)..2003

    the hedge prevents the enemy from going outside the bounds of what God has set for him

  • Natalya

    Solid biblical perspective that had me considering the root of some of my bigger fears.

  • Denham

    Ms. Newbell's many helpful stories (her own and others) flesh out the many different forms our fears can take. This is a book that practically explains what fear is, and how we can trust in God to overcome our fears.

  • Davina

    Maybe I should read this again, because I feel like I didn't really absorb the information and help this book should have given me, very efficiently. My thoughts were often roaming around while reading, but I don't think it had anything to do with the book itself.

    First off, I love Trillia's sweet writing style, her tenderness, openess and encouraging ways. I also appreciated how she shows us that fear is ultimately rooted in unbelief, in the fact that we don't trust God. The book deals with the

    Maybe I should read this again, because I feel like I didn't really absorb the information and help this book should have given me, very efficiently. My thoughts were often roaming around while reading, but I don't think it had anything to do with the book itself.

    First off, I love Trillia's sweet writing style, her tenderness, openess and encouraging ways. I also appreciated how she shows us that fear is ultimately rooted in unbelief, in the fact that we don't trust God. The book deals with the everyday fears we face in our lives. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who deals with an anxiety disorder or depression. For that you need professional help and books that go more into detail about the condition.

    I'm not sure how helpful this book was to me. Maybe it was because my brain felt so scattered, but I just couldn't get much out of it.

  • Katlin

    I read it with a friend. It wasn't my favorite, but had some good points along the way. I actually really enjoyed the second to the last chapter. Possibly would have been better read as a women's book study, that way a whole group of women could share how the different parts applied to them. To me it just seemed a bit repetitive at points.

    The author has a great message and lots of on-point examples to help the reader relate. A difference chapter construction may have helped me to actually absor

    I read it with a friend. It wasn't my favorite, but had some good points along the way. I actually really enjoyed the second to the last chapter. Possibly would have been better read as a women's book study, that way a whole group of women could share how the different parts applied to them. To me it just seemed a bit repetitive at points.

    The author has a great message and lots of on-point examples to help the reader relate. A difference chapter construction may have helped me to actually absorb the information properly. I think the best parts were where she had the testimonials from other women and how they grew in faith through their trials.

    I'm glad my friend and I were able to read this book because it gave us a jumping point to talk about some of our own fears. And there were enough scattered applicable parts that we had something to talk about each chapter. Wouldn't have finished it if I were reading it alone though.

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