Posted by: Anne | October 18, 2014

fight fear with faith

Fear is a tool the devil uses against us to make us miserable and destroy our lives. It begins as a thought and then creates emotions that can rule us. It often becomes a strong, intense feeling that tries to move us to make a foolish action or tries to prevent us from doing something that would be good for us. Because it’s such a common way that Satan attacks people’s lives, I think of it as the master spirit he uses to manipulate people and keep them out of God’s will.

Simply put, fear is the opposite of faith. God wants us to walk by faith, and Satan wants us to walk by fear. When we learn to live by faith and not let fear rule our life, we can live a fulfilling, satisfying, peaceful and joyful life in Christ.

Like I said before, fear begins with a thought. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that “as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). I like to say it like this: Where the mind goes, the man follows.

”What Ifs” filled the answers to the survey we had folks fill out in preparation for our Parenting Series. What if I mess up? What if I haven’t done all that I needed to do? Worries about teaching and training – worries about school and home work and college and careers and friends and boy fiends and safety and on and on and on! Our “What Ifs” can often turn into debilitating and paralyzing worry… and worry is the opposite of faith.

Faith is complete confidence and trust in God – in his person, in his work, in his ability and willingness to work all things together for our good. Faith in God with prayer to God lead to the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Worry is the anxiety and stress that we give way to when we dwell on actual or potential difficulties and troubles. Worry’s root is our lack of confidence and trust… our lack of faith in God’s ability and willingness to act.

“What Ifs” aren’t limited to parenting. Life is filled with “What Ifs.” What if I fail this class? What if I don’t find Mr. Right? What if I can’t find the job I want or the career I want? What if I lose my job? wreck my car? lose this account…? The “What Ifs” are unending.

So how do we fight them? How do we keep them from overwhelming us, controlling us, ruining us?

The way to fight fear and worry is FAITH. Not random faith, not unfounded faith, not faith in yourself (if you could fix it, you wouldn’t really be worried), not faith in karma – faith in the promises of God – faith ultimately in the person and work of Jesus – faith in the gospel.

Read more at the sources:
The Key to Overcoming Every Fear You Face
www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=the_key_to_overcoming_every_fear

What If… Fighting Fear with Faith
newcitymacon.org/what-if-fighting-fear-with-faith/

See also:
www.christianpost.com/news/how-to-overcome-fear-with-faith-in-the-face-of-challenges-117084/

www.guideposts.org/norman-vincent-peale/positive-thinking-tips-help-you-overcome-fear

www.cbn.com/spirituallife/cbnteachingsheets/Pat_Perspective_overcomingfear.aspx

http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/fear-bible-verses/

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