God wants to find the heart of a true worshiper

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Is. 41:10)

In the first part of this series, we discovered that God is looking for true worshipers. But we also learned that emotional distress often gets in the way of us coming to Him without distraction. We identified and defined the common emotions that are most damaging to our worship life: Fear is about something tangible that is right in front of you; Anxiety is about something intangible and vague that might occur, but has not yet happened; and Worry is dwelling on something negative.

Don’t let fear distract you!

Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or is threatening. It has to do with something specific or tangible: “I’m afraid of spiders…or flying…or heights. I’m afraid the neighbor’s dog will hurt my children.” More