Living a Life Free From Fear | World Challenge

Living a Life Free From Fear

Victor Marx joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to discuss his experiences not only facing ISIS members who were hunting for him but also some of the darkest memories from his troubled childhood. He shares how God has overcome great fears in his own life and given him the strength to walk into places few would willingly go.

Key Questions from the Podcast

  • How can we forgive those who have hurt us or done so much wrong?
  • Does God allow trials and suffering to prepare us for what he wants to do through our lives?
  • Do difficulties in life mean we don’t have God’s favor?
  • Where does fear come from and how can we overcome it?
  • There are healthy, rational fears but how do they become unhealthy and irrational?

Notable Quotes from the Podcast

Forgiveness and justice, they can work together. Forgiveness is giving up our right. Trust in God. He'll take care of it. – Victor Marx

I told the ISIS commander, "Hey, you know you're going to die. Remember before you do, you can still call out to Jesus and like the thief on the cross, he will forgive you." – Victor Marx

Causing and allowing are two different things. [God] allows men the free will to do what they want and many choose evil. – Victor Marx

[God] is a redeemer. He redeems what the evil one means for bad and turns it for good. – Victor Marx

It's the things you can't see happening. Life can be like being on a boat. The sail goes limp. You ain't moving. You think you're not, but there's an undercurrent of God doing stuff and he's moving you. – Victor Marx

Fear is a tormentor. I was consumed with fear. I understand anxiety. I understand panic attacks. The battlefield is in the brain. Our thought lives, that's where the fear starts to manifest. – Victor Marx

I'm practical. If a person needs medication, take medication. If you need counseling, get counseling, work through things. But the scripture, the word of God and worship have done wonders more for me. – Victor Marx

For God has not given us a spirit of fear,but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

The enemy is the one who whispers all these lies. If you believe lies long enough, they'll become your truth. – Victor Marx

When you bring light into darkness, boom, a person gets free and then you walk in that freedom through the truth of scripture and prayer. – Victor Marx

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

It is a healthy discipline to fight fear, to go, "Wait a minute." And you counter the thoughts with scripture. – Victor Marx

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.