Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Are You Afraid Of?

Have you ever noticed that the things you believe in you usually also feel strongly about? They are tied to an emotion, either good or bad. 

You know the old saying, never discuss religion or politics. Why not? Because generally speaking, people have strong feelings about those subjects and discussions frequently turn into arguments that have bee known to tear apart family and friends.

So, what does this have to do with faith? 

I think that often our emotions give us a big clue as to whether or not we really believe, or have faith in, what we profess (or confess). 

When you say you are healed by the stripes of Jesus, how do you feel? And no, I'm not asking whether or not you feel well, or healed. Do you feel happy and thankful? Do you feel worried? Or maybe you don't really feel anything at all.

I think that many times we can use our feelings as a measure of our faith.

So, what does this have to do with fear?  

Faith and fear are really the same thing. Faith is the positive end of the spectrum and fear is the negative end of the spectrum. Both are beliefs, and both are accompanied (usually) by a strong feeling or emotion. 

No matter how much you profess to have faith in a good outcome, if you are worried or fearful, then I would say you are only trying to deceive yourself. You aren't standing in faith.

One of the best scriptural examples I know of on the power of fear, is the story of Job. Now, I know that some people believe (and some ministers teach) that God was behind the destruction that Job experienced. In fact, at the beginning of the story, Job himself seems to be blaming God. But, by the end of the book of Job, we hear him singing a different tune.

Job basically admits that he didn't know what he was talking about, and apologizes to God.
One of the most important verses in the book of Job, in my humble opinion, is this one:

"For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I was afraid of has come unto me."
~Job 3:25

In other words, Job admits that his problems were brought on by his fear. 

Fear is a magnet, just as surely as faith is a magnet. The difference is, you don't want the things you fear to become your reality. Remember, God did not give us the spirit of fear. If you are afraid or worried about something, cast it down, and take authority over that evil thought. (Any thought that is contrary to what God says about you is evil!) Replace fearful thoughts with thoughts of faith and scriptures of promise. 


  1. I think it is important to remember that despite his fears, Job had faith in God, and despite everything that Satan did to him and took away from him, Job remained true his God. His friends and family all told him to curse his God for all the bad things that were happening to him, but Job only praised God through his Faith. And what Faith! God had faith in Job and Job returned in kind. And in the end when Satan conceded, God rewarded Job over and over, beyond his wildest dreams. I think that this is so important. In our world today, Satan is throwing everything he has at us, trying to break us down. Yes, it is scary, but our Faith will carry us through and in the end our rewards will be immeasurable.

  2. Absolutely, Lucy. Job steadfastly refused to curse God, no matter what happened. Praising God no matter what we are going through has amazing power! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. Hope you'll come back again.


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