I spoke at Crash on Sunday. Crash is an event at our church where a bunch of senior highers go to someone’s house and hang out from seven to nine (p.m.) and then have a devo. I spoke at the devo, and this is what I said:

Fear is what I’m going to be talking about today. Everyone’s felt fear. There are many things that cause us to feel fear. Fear isn’t a sin, but things we do out of fear can be sins. So the best way to avoid sinning out of fear is to not fear. That’s my goal: to make you fearless.
I didn’t find out until yesterday that I was going to speak today. I didn’t even know what I was going to say. But that’s when one word popped into my head: fearless. That’s what I was going to write about. But becoming fearless is easier said than done.
How do we rid our lives of fear? If there’s a problem that you need to get rid of, the best way to get rid of it is to figure out what causes it. What causes fear? If you were to look up ‘fear’ in the dictionary, the definition would say, ‘An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.’ How do you set aside your fears? You need to get rid of the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Okay, how am I supposed to do that? Simply stated: trust God. However, trusting God isn’t always simple. Sometimes it’s hard. But I think it shouldn’t be. You believe God loves you, don’t you? And you believe God is powerful, right? If He can create a universe with words, He can save you. If He can move mountains, He can overcome your problems. If He is God, the infinite, the greatest, most powerful being in the universe, He is powerful enough to deal with your struggles. And if He truly loves you, how could He not? God has a plan; I’ve seen His plan in my life. I was borne to a woman not suitable to be a parent, and I was immediately taken away. I could have ended up anywhere. I could have ended up in a bad home. I could have ended up without a home. But God protected me. God put me in a Christian home with great parents. He made no mistake. Through that, I have learned to trust God to put the people I need in my life.
When I was 14 months old I was diagnosed with cancer. I was plagued for 3 years. But suddenly, God healed me, and I have been cancer free since then. God made me to grow in faith, and He displayed His power to me. Because of my cancer, I have learned to trust God with my health.
Not long ago, my younger brother ran away. Why? Because he’s a kid, and kids do stupid things. We found him, and everything should have been okay, but DHS came and took our three foster kids away. We had no idea when we might get them back. I didn’t get mad at God, but questioned why He would do something like that to us. But that’s when’s I learned that what God does is for the right reasons. And I can trust Him to take things away, knowing that He’ll give back so much more. I learned to trust Him, even with the things I love most. And I believe that God has uses every hardship, every, blessing, every experience, good or bad, to mold me and shape me into to who I am today, so that I could stand here right now an tell you these two words: fear not.

Braeden Frantz,


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