If we want to grow in our faith and become the mighty women of God He has called us to be; we are going to have to choose between fear and faith. Fear is a barrier to receiving all the good things God has promised to His children.
What is fear?
Fear is that uneasy feeling, an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, inadequacy or inability. It is the number one thing that keeps us from succeeding in life. Fear steals our joy, robs us of our peace of mind, and it snuffs out our passion and commitment to our divine callings.
What does God say about fear?
More than any other command in the Bible, God urges His children to live without fear. There are more than 340 admonitory scriptures on fear in the ESV. Throughout the Bible, God encourages us to look past our present circumstances that may justify fear in the natural and focus on who He says He is and what He says He can and will do. Many promises of God are unconditional, but His promise of abundance and sufficiency in all things at all times is not:
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT  That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
These promises are contingent on our devotion to Him, and steadfast faith and trust in Him.
“Promised Land theology becomes an earthbound reality only to those who cash in their fear and complacency for the one ticket out of their long-inhabited wilderness” ~ Beth Moore, excerpt from Believing God
How do we replace our fear with faith?
The simple truth is, we can’t overcome fear on our own, and God knows that. Jesus asks His disciples explicitly, “Why are you afraid?” in Matthew 8:26. He created us to be dependent upon Him in every way. As believers in Christ, we have an enemy who specializes in seduction and deceit and leverages our worst fears for his best threats. Although Believers already stand in victory through Christ’s sacrifice, we must engage in the struggle and hold our ground until His return. It is a supernatural war and we need the supernatural strength of Christ within us to fight it.
God calls us to “…throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2) Thus, the first step in replacing fear with faith is to identify exactly what causes us to be afraid. Once we identify it, we take it to God in prayer and ask Him to help us with our unbelief. Ask Him to give us courage and boldness of faith to believe that He wants more for us than what a life lived in fear can offer.
Sending peace, love, and happiness to all!
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