Fear Or Faith?

by | Aug 14, 2017

We all have fears. Your fear might be losing what you most love or not making it through your career successfully. The list of our fears can go on and on, but we have the choice whether we are going to believe in our fears or not. Will you choose fear or faith? 

My fear is loneliness.

I’ve held on to relationships in the past just to be able to have someone alleviate that fear. I thought being in a relationship would cure my fears of loneliness, but what I found is once I lost that relationship, my fear of loneliness came back.

I couldn’t understand why God was calling me to singleness, but now I know why. He wants to set me freeFree from bondage. Free from fear.

Just as God wants to set me free, he also wants to set you free. Whatever your fears may be, God wants to set you free into the freedom that is found in Jesus.

There is no assurance that our fears are true, but we do have the assurance that God’s promises are always true. We can hold on to God’s promises knowing they will come to pass if we surrender our lives and follow him.

Let go of fear and hold on to faith. 

The disciples of Jesus also had to learn to have faith in Jesus over their fears. In Matthew 8, we see the disciples in a boat with Jesus during a furious storm. The disciples saw the harsh waves hitting the boat and started to be afraid. In fear, they woke up Jesus. Jesus’s response to the disciples in Matthew 8:26 was,”‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?‘ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

How many times have we been afraid of our own storms just as the disciples were, despite knowing Jesus was still with us? 

No matter what we are facing, we do not need to be afraid because Jesus is walking the journey with us. Just as Jesus was able to calm the storms for the disciples, he will also calm our storms in his perfect time.

Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” God promises he is always with us even in our darkest valleys. He will be with us to comfort us whenever we need it.

We must proclaim God’s word and promises over our fears. The only way to cure our fears is to let it go and face it with faith in God. God wants to set us free, but that will require us to face the fears that are keeping us in bondage.

Our fears will always hold us in hostage unless we overcome them. Romans 8:37 promises us that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” If we will understand how vast God’s love for us is, we will have the hope that God is only working for our good.

If God’s love for us is truly unfailing, will he really lead us to a place that will only harm us? Psalm 35:5 says, “Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Nothing can stop God from loving you. He is always faithful and that is what we should believe in. Believe in God’s faithfulness and let go of your fears and doubts. 

What fears are preventing you from walking into God’s freedom? What’s holding you back from living a life full of joy?

Wherever God is taking you, trust that he is faithful and is only taking you to the best place to grow your faith in him. 

It’s comfortable to stay in our comfort zone, but it is outside our comfort zone that our faith in God will be strengthened. Don’t allow your fears to keep you living a life bound in chains. The last thing you want to do is to allow fear to drive your actions because fear will only lead you to do the very thing you never wanted to do.

Hold on to God’s promises and let your hope in him sustain you. God wants to show you the power of his mighty hands, and that can only be done through facing our fears. So remember, choose faith over fear.

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