OVER COMING FEAR

February 21, 2017

I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath—these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely—these are my native air.

A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact.” But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.

– Dr. E. Stanley Jones

FEAR. You know how that feeling hits you. The pit in your stomach. The pounding of your heart. The rush of your thoughts as you go from just the possibility of a job loss to starving and being homeless—all in a matter of seconds. Gripped by fear. And, as crazy as it sounds, we need to think of fear as a gift. What?! Hear me out.

Fear is a normal human emotion designed by God to alert us to danger so that we will take action against it. But, we know fear has a dark side as well. I heard someone say that women are a fear-driven, performance-oriented species. Just reading the daily news feed can panic us. Fear-driven. What does fear drive us to do? Usually nothing good, right?

Is it realistic to think we can live without fear? No! Our faithful God understands this about us. He doesn’t want us to stay there, disoriented and hopeless. He gives us the answer—Himself! This is the action He wants us to take.

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (PSALM 56:3-4)

Fear will happen. We can let fear take root in us so that we give way to panic and hysteria. Are you prone to that? When we are afraid, God wants us to trust Him and not give way to fear. Learning to do that is our walk from fear to faith.

Here are 4 consistent truths that we can embrace and apply to our lives today on our WALK FROM FEAR TO FAITH.

Truth #1: God Loves You

John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus, so you could believe in Him and receive eternal life. You are part of that world that God loves. And, once you accept His gift of eternal life through your faith in His Son, you get even more of God’s love for you.

Jesus said in John 16 that “For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (John 16:27) He loves you!

Paul wrote in Romans 5 that God pours out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)

As a believer in Jesus, the Father Himself loves you. He pours out His love into your heart so you can experience that love. You can count on Truth #1 — God loves you.

Truth #2: God Knows What Is Going on in Your Life

Jesus knew that His followers were stressing about food, clothing and shelter. Those essentials for daily life. So He told them in Matthew 6, “…do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the [unbelievers] run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” (Matthew 6:31-32) 

In Psalm 139, David describes how God is everywhere and knows everything about him. And, that is true for you. God knows what is going on in your life. And in my life. If He doesn’t, then He isn’t really God. He knows your needs and how best to meet those needs. You can count on Truth #2 — God knows what is going on in your life.

Truth #3: God Can Do Something About It

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)

That’s what the angel of the Lord asks Sarah in Genesis 18. Since the angel lives in heaven with God, he should know. So, is anything impossible for the Lord? The answer is, NO! Another angel declared the same thing to Mary in Luke 1. “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) 

Both of these statements are made to women. We need that assurance, don’t we? Our God is all-powerful. He is capable of doing anything He chooses to do that is in agreement with His character and His purposes. We can count on Truth #3 — God can do something about IT. Whatever IT is.

Truth #4: You Can Trust His Goodness in Whatever He Chooses to Do

This is the sticky part, isn’t it? Can I believe that God is always good? And, I can think of a zillion ways that He can be “good to me” that don’t include bad things

The Bible says that God is good, and what He does is good. (Psalm 119:68)

The day before my sister in law died of breast cancer, she softly spoke to me these words, “God is good.”  I finished her sentence with “all the time” because I had heard her say that repeatedly. She replied, “I don’t understand all of this.” Who does?

Here’s some wisdom from Proverbs, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5)

It’s a choice to trust God and bank on His goodness. So, here’s Truth #4 — You can trust His goodness in whatever He chooses to do!

A Biblical Example of These Truths in Action

One of the best biblical examples of these four truths in action comes from John 11. Martha informed Jesus that her brother Lazarus was sick.

  • Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus (John 11:5).

  • Jesus knew what was going on in Martha’s life—Lazarus died (verses 6, 11, 14).

  • Jesus could do something about it—He had healed from a distance (John 4:50-53).

  • But, Jesus chose to do something different, even better than what anyone could imagine though it caused pain and suffering to those He loved and a lot of waiting, too (John 11:14-15).

After 4 days of being dead, Lazarus was brought back to life, and good things happened. God’s goodness showed up—Lazarus had his life restored, his sisters saw their now healthy brother returned to them, the disciples witnessed an amazing work of God, and many people now believed in Jesus who had not yet believed in Him. Martha could now say to herself with assurance, “God loves me. God knows what is going on in my life. God can do something about it. I can trust His goodness in whatever He chooses to do.” And so can you in any situation.

Your Walk from Fear to Faith

Dear friends, God may not choose to rescue you from everything that is threatening you. But, in any and all situations, you can embrace and apply these four truths. So, pick one thing that is causing you fear today. What are your choices for acting on that fear? Apply these 4 truths to your situation. Another step on your walk from fear to faith!

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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For Paul C, to find his way back

 

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