Daily Spirit & Word, 584: Faith NOT Fear
“Risks and Dangers Are Real, but FEAR is a choice”
Good morning my friends, the Lord has been challenging me again today, about my fears. You know FEAR can be crippling?
Isaiah 41:10 (ANIV) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
My friends, have you ever experienced a ‘crippling’ fear? A fear that was so bad that it stopped you doing something you knew that you should have done?
A friend told me the other day about how FEAR came upon him, but instead of listening to his fear, he overcame it and stepped out in faith. It was on a Tube Train in London. He saw a man and felt the Lord’s impulse to share something of Jesus with the man, but immediately FEAR gripped him. Fear of what others would think if he talked to someone on the train about Jesus. Praise the LORD! He managed to overcome that FEAR.
We’ve probably ALL had similar experiences when we felt the Lord prompting us to speak or to act, but we’ve rationalised it away.
How many more souls could be saved if we managed to conquer our fears? Those Demonic attacks that come when the Lord is moving us to act or speak?
I’ve had it too my friends and I’ve later repented and asked the Lord to forgive my weakness and fearfulness. I’ve listened to my fears too many times; now I am asking the LORD of Creation to assist me in overcoming my fears. It works you know or should I say the Lord works? He longs to give us the courage to be obedient to His prompting. Yes we still have to take the steps to say “NO” to our fears. And say “YES” to the Lord.
YES: It’s risky. YES: It takes courage. YES: You can do it: Because FEAR is a choice.
Here’s what listening to FEAR can do:
- Clouds our judgment.
- Paralyses our actions.
- Causes us to delay, drag our heels, put-off what we should be doing now.
- Makes us rationalise or Over-Spiritualise things: We’ll ask for signs like Gideon instead of trusting God when prompted.
- Makes us paranoid: thinking the whole world will laugh at us or is against us.
- Makes us irrational; we can loose our ability to analyse objectively.
- Destroys our trust in others.
- Doing or Acting for God: Fear Diminishes our ability to believe, to risk or act for God.
- Pride: Makes us think too much about how we’ll look in the eyes of others.
- Refuses to believe God is there; is in control, and can be trusted or taken seriously.
“Risks and Dangers Are Real, But FEAR is a Choice”
My friends, the LORD wants you and me to act in FAITH instead of listening to our FEARS.
How can we possibly overcome our FEARS when they arise? How can they be defeated?
Firstly: REMEMBER: Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood (not even your own flesh and blood) it’s against:
Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV) “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
FAITH: Is to believe and act upon the promises of God.
FAITH: Is Trusting God’s Promises.
My friends, I’m praying for you all right now. If you are struggling with fear, battling fears, that you will be free, to find the Lord’s help. I’m praying that you’ll have the courage to believe God, to trust God, and rely upon ALL His promises. He’s with you, He will uphold you with HIS righteous right hand. Awesome!
PRAY: Pray this verse into your heart today: God Speaking to YOU!
“Let Your FAITH Be Bigger Than Your FEAR”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Every blessing for a fantastic Friday and glorious weekend with Jesus.
NOTES: Verses from God’s Word: Promises to help you overcome your FEARS.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
Psalm 34:4 (NIV) “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalm 34:17 (NIV) “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”
Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Remember how Peter was walking on the water, but when he listened to his fears that he began to sink. Don’t look at the STORMS look to the Master of the waves, who walked on water and commanded the storms to subside. Jesus Christ is LORD over ALL Creation: Lord of Heaven and Earth. (Matthew 14:22-34).