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“The greatest fear of a man is that he will be discovered for what he already knows, how truly insignificant He really is.” - unknown

The quote goes on to say that most men in their jobs, homes, relationships, don’t really know what they are doing and know that they don’t know what they are doing, but their greatest fear is that they will be found out or someone will figure out they don’t know it.
The worst news about the greatness of opportunities for women is this same fear is no longer a fear of men but it is a fear for women too.

“The greatest fear of a person is that person will be discovered for what they already know, and how truly insignificant they are as a person.”

How do I know this is true for 2 reasons. One I feel it myself
All the time I get blasted with thoughts of you aren’t enough, you should’ve done so much more
It doesn’t matter what you list as my accomplishments because I knew what I haven’t accomplished and what I don’t know.
The other reason I know its true is because so many have come to me telling me about how awful you feel about yourselves because of fact that you don’t have something you think you should have
The worst thing about this feelings is we struggle but don’t seem to get over them just by psychological tricks. It motivates our addications, motivates our faith and our life
Truth is it is awesome to be of value in this world, to matter, yet nothing seems valuable enough.
Yet even in this Church world, full of Christians, Pastors are on tv, youtube, books bestsellers, and great websites. The attacks seem pretty smart and so smart their scary at times. I need to learn so much more, to be so much of a better person and then maybe God will make my life matter
Most see this failure and see what is around them and so they choose to “follow their heart”.
Proverbs 14:12 CSB
12 There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.
There is a guy in the Bible who followed his heart. Trying to be the best for God.
Back story of Saul
The only real hope I found had for dealing with this anxiety is in God and its right here in this story. I see a huge answer to these feelings in this story in the Bible. Its one of the scariest but simple and powerful story in there. IT has been my hope when I get woke up and the hope in Christ that allows me to keep putting one step in front of the other.
Back story of Saul
Acts 9:10–12 CSB
10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” “Here I am, Lord,” he replied. 11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.”
Acts 9:10–15 CSB
10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” “Here I am, Lord,” he replied. 11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.” 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is my chosen instrument to take my name to Gentiles, kings, and Israelites.
Acts 9:10 CSB
10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” “Here I am, Lord,” he replied.
aCTS 9:10-1
Acts 9:10

Ananias wasn't qualified by any title

(not a dr, not an apostle)
Billy Graham salvation story
Acts 22:12 CSB
12 Someone named Ananias, a devout man according to the law, who had a good reputation with all the Jews living there,
Acts
you can have a good reputation but still feel worthless

Ananias qualification: “Here I am, Lord”

-Deborah and the dandelions, Deborah and the new cheer team
Before Ananias knew what was being asked his answer was yes
No figuring out how it would benefit him
No figuring out anything

Ananias was SCARED

(he reminded God of what God already knew)
He prayed it back to him and the Lord answered
Acts 9:15–16 CSB
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is my chosen instrument to take my name to Gentiles, kings, and Israelites. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Acts 9:15–17 CSB
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is my chosen instrument to take my name to Gentiles, kings, and Israelites. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
The opposite of fear is faith
Acts 9:
(picture) The ride, I lost faith in the ride
The opposite of fear is fath
Talking with people
Going to be there with you
Dealing with your anxieties

When did Ananias show He had faith?

Acts 9:17–19 CSB
17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul was with the disciples in Damascus for some time.
aCTS 9:17-19

Ananias had faith through his anxiety

God never lowered the intensity of what he was going to do.
God is our strength when we feel strong or weak.

Ananias likely connected Saul with the Damascus disciples. Lead others to others.

Acts 9:20–21 CSB
20 Immediately he began proclaiming Jesus in the synagogues: “He is the Son of God.” 21 All who heard him were astounded and said, “Isn’t this the man in Jerusalem who was causing havoc for those who called on this name and came here for the purpose of taking them as prisoners to the chief priests?”

Ananias got to be a part of God’s work because he said “Here I am

Ananias received no other blessing other than to be a part of Saul's story
God I will trust you with my anxiety
We know God better by loving others, God will motivate us to get involved in others lives
Oxygen mask on a plane as we need to care in how we follow Christ.
God I will put you first and follow your ways
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