What will you have, Fear or Faith?
Many people think fear is a normal and acceptable part of life. I’ve even heard some people say, “There’s nothing wrong with having just a little fear.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Fear is anything but normal. From a natural perspective, fear is associated with simply being afraid. But spiritually speaking, fear is actually twisted faith. It’s having faith in the devil and what he can do, rather than having faith in God and His Word.
I heard one minister say, “Fear isn’t just a feeling, it’s a force”. Scripture defines fear as a “spirit not given from God” (2 Timothy 1:7). To live in fear sets you up for disaster because just like faith will connect you to the promises of God, fear will connect you to the things you fear. When you operate from a position of fear, you actually position yourself to receive the very things you are afraid of.
In examining fear and its impact on your life, it is important to consider words and their creative power, (as I mentioned last time) Words are spiritual containers that carry either faith or fear. Words of faith are encouraging, hopeful and in line with the Word of God. On the other hand, words of fear are full of doubt, unbelief, dread and despair. Fear–filled words go against what God has said in His Word and will cancel out the good things that He has planned for your life.
It is critical that you align your words with the Word if you want to override the spirit of fear when it tries to attack you. Faith–filled words empower God to move on your behalf.
Fear is designed to stop you from experiencing all that God has promised you in His Word, but the good news is that He has already delivered you from it. If you are in relationship with God, you don’t have to be ruled by any type of fear.
Hebrews 2:14, 15 says, “Inasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Fear is the primary tool Satan uses to destroy people’s lives. But the ability of the enemy has been annihilated by Jesus Christ. You are no longer subject to fear.
There is a way to flush fear out of your life if you find yourself struggling with it. The key is walking in the love of God and allowing His love to mature in your life. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” Every time you walk in love toward others (1 Corinthians 13) and maintain a consciousness of God’s love for you, you kick fear out.
In the midst of life’s trials, refuse fear. I don’t care what is going on around you. Resist fear with everything you have. Confess the Word of God over your situation until you begin to see things change. Stand firm on the Word of God, which will help to build your faith, (Rom 10:17). Begin to praise God for what He has already done for you. Have confidence in God and His Word and don’t let fear contaminate your faith.