Faith over Fear

Do not do it, you are too inexperienced. Don’t do it, you’re too young. Don’t do it, you’re too old. Don’t do it, you’re going to fail.

There are many things in life that tell us not to try or hope. They always have the statistics of how odds are stacked against us.

They whisper in our ear and leave us paralyzed by fear. I have been there more times than I can count. I have given up on the things fear told me I couldn’t do. I have missed opportunities and opted out of great things because of fearing the unknown. The best part about this story is that I made a decision to breakup with fear and you can too – just do it!

Fear and the Bible

The irony of living in fear as a Christian is not lost on me. The truth is in His Word – He has not given me a spirit of fear but one of power, love and sound mind (2nd Timothy 1:7). He has instructed me to be anxious about nothing and provided me with an alternative (Philippians 4:6-7). He has told me to be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:9). So why would I still fear even after that faith over fear bible study?

Personally, waiting on God to give me clear direction about matters has often led to inaction. Even when I have heard, there has still been a lingering “Did God actually say?” The possibility of veering off the path stirred the fear of displeasing God. But isn’t He the same One who opens a door that no one can close and closes one that no one can open?

Faith above All Else

There are fundamental truths:

  • God is sovereign, worthy of all praise, glory and honor
  • He has good plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11)

When Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego found themselves facing fiery flames, they recognized that God was in charge. He could choose to save them from burning to death but He didn’t have to. Faith over fear recognizes that whatever we are afraid of may come to pass but God is still in control. It recognizes that God is greater and far wiser than any misstep or mistake. Nothing catches God by surprise. Therefore, we don’t need to live our lives walking on eggshells afraid to make the wrong choices. It might sound controversial but, if we have committed everything to God in prayer, we can move trusting that He will lead us away from any wrong path and set us back on the right one.

What Now?

Overcoming fear is a daily process. It is something that is applied in every situation and test. Personally, I choose faith over fear. If you are still trying to figure out the meaning of faith over fear, I’ll pose a question: Do you trust you trust your limitations more than you trust God?


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