Faith versus fear

A Christian’s life begins and ends with faith. Paul says in Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” This is the beginning of a lifelong walk of faith and it is up to each of us to develop our faith with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The book of Hebrews tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Therefore, we have a responsibility to do our part and develop our faith. Hebrew 11:1 states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” I myself as a believer have to believe and have faith in God; have faith in His word; standing on His promises; speaking His word back to Him; believing what His word says, knowing that He is not a man that He should lie. God watches over His word to perform them, to bring them to pass in our lives.

I have a son who I am standing in faith for and believing God for his healing. I speak the word of God over his life daily. Isaiah 53:5 says, “By His stripes we are healed (my son is healed). Proverbs 11:21 reads, “…but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon form against you (him) shall prosper…” and I will continue to stand in faith believing his word. It shall come to pass. I will not stop until I see the manifestation of His word that says, by his stripes my son is healed and being made whole amen. Faith comes by spending time in the word of God. Faith grows by applying that word to our lives and as Christians it is so important to walk by faith and not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7.
The only way we can have a spiritually rich life is to live each moment by faith, not knowing what is around the corner but trusting that whatever it is, God is in the midst of it, cause he is our father, the author and finisher of our faith and nothing happens to us that he does not know. No matter what it is God will work it out for our good.

Isaiah 43:2 reads, “when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee, when thou walkest through the fire thou shalt not be burned neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Faith believes the word of God, standing on it and waiting, knowing that it will come to pass. Faith believes against all odds that God will do what He said He will do. Fear on the other hand is having a lack of faith or trusting in what we can see, feel, touch and then believing that it will come to pass. Fear results from looking at our circumstances and dwelling on the consequences of what might happen if the things we fear come to pass.

Thus, when our faith is weak, we fear the unknown. We fear circumstances and we fear people but the Bible tells us many times and in many ways to fear not. We live in fear because we fail to remember who God is, what He is capable of and the power He has made available to us. Paul says in Ephesians 3:20 that “God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” In other words, He has given us all the power we need to walk by faith, but faith is not faith until we act upon His word. It is one thing to believe what He says but true faith is demonstrated when we step out into the unknown, trusting God to make a way for us. An example can be found in the book of Joshua.
After the death of Moses, Joshua was charged with the task of leading over two million people into the promised land. In Joshua 1:2 God spoke saying, “Moses my servant is dead, now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them even to the children.” Joshua and the people were on one side of the Jordan River and the promised land was on the other. The river was at flood stage, the waters were rushing, the passage was dangerous and the people were afraid. By human standards the task was far beyond the power of Joshua but God told Joshua…“Have not I commanded thee, be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever, thou goest?” Joshua 1:9. As a result of Joshua’s obedience and his faith in God, he was successful in leading the people across the Jordan River and into the promised land.

Therefore, as we go through this Christian journey, we will face challenges often; there are difficult situations and impossible people to deal with and if we keep our eyes on the challenge we will be afraid but, if we keep our eyes on God, we can meet the challenges head on, knowing that God has already worked it out. God is saying to us today, “be strong, be courageous and obey my word.” God is saying to us right now, “do not be terrified, and do not be discouraged, because I, the Lord, am with you where ever you go.” Whatever God commands us to do, He has already made the outcome victorious and where ever God commands us to go, He has made provisions for our arrival before we even get there. If we are sick in body, God has already provided our healing through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Everything is already provided for through Jesus Christ so stop being afraid and use your faith.

Repeat after me: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13.

Let us pray: Father we thank you that your word declares in 2 Timothy 1:7 that you have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind” and your word also declares in Luke 17:6, that “if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you (us).” Father, we also thank you for honoring your word above your name in our lives as we walk by faith and not by sight, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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