What rules your life? Faith or Fear

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

Why Do I Love You

I do not know why you love the Lord, but I know that he has brought me a long way. In my sixty-eight years. It has not been without difficulties, loneliness, uncertainty, and just plain craziness on my part. I have often told my kids that it is unfortunate that we do not have an operating manual for life, it would really cut down on some of the mistakes that are made. It took many years to figure out that God has given us an operating manual, The Bible, His inspired word to His children.

When I was younger, I experienced the little voice that is inside that tries to direct our steps onto the right path and keep us there. So many times, I felt the urge from inside and ignored it. Every time I did this, I made a mistake. When I followed the urge, I could tell that I was making the right choice. I did not know it was the Holy Spirit. I only knew that when I followed the urging everything seem to fall into place for me.

When my family made a decision to move from North Carolina to Florida, it was a big decision that had many ramifications for all members of the family. Employment, moving our belongings, living arrangements, selection of a high school just to name a few. Once the decision was made, I knew it was the right thing to do because everything fell into line. We were able to pack, and move without difficult, and drove the over eight hundred miles with a car and a moving truck with no problems at all. One of the amazing things about the move was that we did not have a place to stay when we arrived in Florida. The move for us was a total act of faith because we were certain that the Lord would provide. When we arrived in Florida very early in the morning, we were able to secure a room at a very nice hotel that accepts pets (we have three small dogs). Talk about faith, just how rare is that.

My daughter has a friend that helped us get situated. A real estate agent showed us potential houses for rent. We actually stayed in the hotel for two weeks, and we knew it was God because somehow each day we were able to get the money to pay for the room and survive. Each day the real estate agent would take us out to look at houses and none of them was acceptable or they wanted too much money. This time was truly a test of faith as each day we continued to look for a place to live, and deal with the daily needs of the family. But amazingly, it was not an unhappy time for us, the Lord’s mercy was given to us each and every day. There was one particular morning, standing on the side of the hotel with the dogs that I prayed even harder than normal for the Lord’s mercy and assistance in this time of uncertainty. I have to admit that my faith was failing, and I prayed for the Holy Spirit to make things happen to help our situation in a positive way. Not that I had not prayed on other days, but this time I felt at a very low point and I prayed for strength. After we got to Florida the car started to act up and broke down on 95. We found a mechanic on 95 believe it or not, he not only helped us get back to the hotel, but came by the next day and fixed the car at a reasonable price.

Anyone who says that God does not answer prayer is sadly mistaken. We kept going out each day looking at houses, they either wanted more than we could afford or it was a rough neighborhood. It is only through the mercy of the Lord that we were able to secure a very nice house, in a neighborhood that is quiet and comfortable to live in. Everyone in the family acknowledged that it could only have been Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord will Provide) Genesis 22:14. We were back on the path, employment came, and our finances improved rapidly. Nothing but the Lord could have made it happen the way it did.

The Lord loves His children and his mercy is there for us we cannot use it up. Our loving Father through the Holy Spirit is always there to guide us to the right path. It is our choice whether or not we take it. This is just one example that I have experienced personally of the Lord’s love for me. Whenever I get depressed and my faith is weakened, I remember examples of the Lord’s love and that He is the provider of all my needs. I bet you can remember times when the Holy Spirit showed you the way! All He asks is that you Believe and follow His guidance.

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