Faith over fear, we hear it everywhere these days, see it on tattoos, see it on apparel and so much more. It has truly lost its meaning and become so ordinary.
What is faith? What is fear? Why faith over fear?
Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in something or someone. Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous. When you have faith, fear becomes secondary, it becomes easier to stand in that faith because it feels steady and constant. Fear can be completely debilitating, with no end in sight. There is so much going on around us these days, fear just keeps creeping in daily. Therefore, God calls us to stand in faith, in order to be able to combat all fears that may arise.
The bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1,
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
This verse describes faith so simply, it is confidence in God, in what he has promised us and how his love as deep, wide, and high as it goes has covered us in comfort and peace every single day. Faith helps us to understand what it means to fully surrender without holding anything back because we have tasted of God’s grace and mercy.
For me, faith has always been hard to continue to stand in and over the years of coming back to Jesus and seeking out to know him better as well as continue to strengthen my relationship with my father. I have learned more recently, especially throughout this time that fear is intensified in every way, that standing in my faith is absolutely a choice. God has given each and every one of us a choice that we can either choose to wallow in the fear that comes with a bunch of other not so pleasant attributes, or stand firm in faith so that when fear of getting COVID, fear of losing your job, fear of losing a loved one, fear of dying in an accident, fear of failure in any attempts or fear of being lonely forever try to seep in the best way they can, you know who has you in the palm of His hand and will not let you go.
In the bible we read, 1 Corinthians 16:13,
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
Notice how this verse does not say that God is going to do it for you, that He is not going to take the step or choice out of your hands. This is an area where I struggle as well, “God please just do it”, “God just take the wheel and make it happen,” is what I always find myself saying. Of course, through prayer and petition and standing firm, we can ask Him for anything and go to Him just the way we are, no hesitation, but we must make that choice. The choice to live out of His love for us, the love that does not give way to the overwhelming fears life throws our way.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”1 John 4:18
Jesus calls us to come to him with the fears, with the doubts, with the shame, he does not want us to have it figured out. He wants to help, he wants to be there for us every step of the way and he does promise to not leave us be or leave us alone. That is the most comforting part, knowing that even if we are afraid, even if we are doubtful, He will still be there to hear us and help us.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”Psalm 34:4
When I read this verse, I made a post it out of it and put it up on my mirror to remember that if I choose to stand in faith over fear today as anxiety, fear and shame start to creep in, that means those thoughts, discouragements, anxieties, temptations will not stand a chance against the King of my life, the creator of the universe. They will not have room to dwell in my soul, heart or mind today and everyday that I choose faith over the fear.
I hope and pray that as you read through this post, you begin to see the greatness of God, the greatness of his grace, mercy and love that pours out lavishly over every single one of us, and all we have to do: CHOOSE to stand in faith and surrender with complete confidence to our heavenly father.
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