What rules your life? Faith or Fear

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Faith* is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. (noun) Faith is an action taken with the belief that God will make a way. (verb)

Fear* an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat prompted by the potential of failure. (noun) Fear to feel apprehensive or uneasy. (verb)

Fear has gripped man since Adam and Eve in the garden. After they disobeyed God by eating the apple, “… Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8, KJV)

As much as Faith and Fear are opposite, they can both have a huge influence on our lives. One of the many areas of my life that I am still working on is to raise my level of Faith and keep it high replacing the fear that grips me.  Sometimes I feel like a rubber band with high, medium and low levels of Faith. Faith and Fear cannot operate together. Either Faith will move you to greater heights and you will go where you have never been before or Fear will make you either slow your progress or stop cold in your tracks. No matter how great your mountain, speak to your mountain about how great your God is.

As an example of my person struggle with fear, I share this story, I have learned to type on a manual typewriter (I know I am dating myself). I took typing all the way through high school during my secretarial training classes. I was quite good at it, and went on to get a job in the civil service right out of high school. I was so fortune that I was able to take the typing test at school. All through school, I had taken timed writings and was considered a fast typist.

When I decided to move from the federal government to private industry, I had to take typing tests for various jobs that I was trying to get. Once the clock started ticking, I could feel the fear swelling up in my hands. I remember one test in particular that I took after typing all day on a temporary job and then taking the typing test to become permanent with this employer. I could feel the fear causing my hand to freeze up. Each time I made a mistake, it got worse. My hand was actually beginning to refuse to move. I could hear the demon in my ear telling me that I was failing this test and that I would not get the job because of it. By the time the test was over, I was a nervous wreck. I felt as though I had worked hard for three or four days. Of course, I failed the test because of errors. Luckily for me my supervisor already knew I could type accurately and hired me permanently anyway. I did not realize before taking the test that I had already started to doubt my ability and left the door wide open for exactly what happened.

My Faith was at a low level. I did not realize what I had let happen until it had hit me and ran over my confidence negating a skill that I had and used frequently. As I have grown in years and in understanding, I still get attacked, but I am able to recognize what is happening and seek God’s Word to relieve the anxiety that is gripping me and continue on in spite of the Fear.

I have prayed for a disappearance of Fear, but we need Fear to help us learn about the power of God. Fear is one of the spirits that motivates us to build our Faith. Without Fear there is no need for great Faith, and therefore no need for Faith to grow. Just as if there was no evil, how would God demonstrate to His people that He is all powerful. Interestingly enough, faith lessons learned in times of trials are the ones that leave a lasting impression.

If David had not called on the Lord when Saul was chasing him from one end of Israel to the other, David would have been catch and killed. Each time Saul got close Dave slipped through his fingers. Although he did not act upon it, David had the opportunity in several cases to capture or kill Saul. (1 Samuel 19:15 – 1 Samuel 27:4, KJV)

Although Fear will always be lingering around, Faith in God’s goodness and mercy is also there to help us. Look to the Word of God for help when Fear is keeping you from moving forward and reaching your destiny. As Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith ….”

Listed below are a few of the Words of encouragement found in God’s Word to be used in our war arsenal to fight Fear and keep it at bay. Look them up and repeat them to yourself especially when Fear is knocking at your door.

Matthew 17:20   ark 11:23     Hebrews 11:6     James 1:6     Romans 5:2     Isaiah 41:10   Isaiah 41:13     Isaiah 40:29

Definitions retrieved from Dictionary.com

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