Icebreaker: What is your favorite type of dessert?
Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to show us how to conquer fear, emotional stress, anxiety by passing the test of fear in our lives.
Matthew 14:22-33 NKJV
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind wasboisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
Discussion: We have the ability to either speak fear or faith in any given situation. When we decided to speak fear, we allow fear to manifest. However, when we speak faith, we allow faith to manifest.
Q1 - What do you think are some everyday examples of fear talk?
Q2 - What do you think are some everyday examples of faith talk?
1. stop the fear talk
Matthew 14:26 NLT When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, "It's a ghost!"
Fear Talk: speaking what our circumstances and the enemy is saying
Q3 - Are there any areas of your own life that you've been fear talking?
Q4 - How do you think your results will begin changing if you changed the way you talked?
Q5 - Why do you think the enemy want us fear-talking all the time?
2. start the faith talk
Isaiah 12:2 NLT See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.
Faith Talk: speaking the Word of God
Q6 - What are some things we can practice to help us faith talk?
Q7 - Sometimes there are things that you need to speak that seem absurd to people without faith. Do you have any area of your life that needs some more faith talk?
Q8 - Why do you think it's so important to exercise faith talk? (When we practice faith talk, we bring God into the picture)
Q9 - What can change in your life the moment you being faith talking?
Declaration: I declare that the Lord is my savior in times of need and in times of trouble! I declare that I will trust in God and not be afraid! I declare that God loves me, and if God loves me, then fear must go!
Application: Catch yourself every time you begin fear talking and replace it with faith talk. Try and pay attention to the difference it begins making in your life everyday.