Fear and Faith Don’t Mix
The stock market fell… We lost our AAA Status… Unemployment is shocking… Our country is in debt… I could go on and on, but it wouldn’t do anyone any good if I did. In fact, it would do more harm.
Yet, that’s exactly what the media is doing every day. You turn on the T.V. and it’s like a horror reel that repeats over and over again. However, you can’t feel God if all you feel is fear. Fear is a very invasive and pervasive emotion. You can’t think straight, you’re immobilized from any decisive action, and you’re missing all the joys in life. You basically fear yourself to death.
Remember, God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, courage, and resolution to meet difficulties and dangers.
How do I know this? I need look no further than the Bible and God’s own word…
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John:14-27
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'” – Romans 8:15
Note that in the scriptures above, fear is a choice. On the other hand, God promises that if you turn away from fear, He will bless you with power, love, and peace. You will, in effect, ultimately conquer the difficulties behind the fear. WOW!
So, if you find yourself glued to the television, wringing your hands with fear, turn it off. Do not take what the world gives you, but what God gives you. I guarantee it’s much more fulfilling and worthwhile!
PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE YOU. I DO NOT GIVE TO YOU AS THE WORLD GIVES. DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED AND DO NOT BE AFRAID.