Fear and worry can take such a grip on our lives that we get stuck in a spiritual and emotional standstill. But Jesus reminds the believer in Matthew 6:27 that worrying, especially about things out of our control, doesn’t accomplish anything. So why waste our time, energy and focus on being gripped by fear and worry? Paul was the perfect example of staying encouraged despite his circumstances. He refused to allow fear, worry or discouragement keep him from living in God’s peace and comfort, even while he was in prison writing 2nd Timothy!