Posted on September 10 2018
Why Choose Faith over Fear?
It is difficult to mistake the feeling of fear taking over your body. First, your heart starts racing faster. You might even feel it beating in your ears, the palms of your hands Suddenly, a pit forms in your stomach. For a moment, it makes you feel hollow. Then, you realize you cannot think straight. Your mind struggles with dozens of competing thoughts at once. You might even try to say something, but the words escape before you can speak them.
Rest assured: we understand that you do not want to feel this way. After all, no one wants to feel as though they have been banished by fear from their own body. Fortunately, God has given us the ability to rid ourselves of fear and replace it with unwavering faith in Him. Developing this skill takes practice and patience with yourself. You need to delve deeply into His word and not only cherish each word, but also apply it to your life. Once you achieve this place of comfort, however, you will find it harder to stray far from your faith. Read on explore the benefits you reap when you choose faith over fear. Take a look at our newest tee Faith/Fear
Fear inspires doubt; faith inspires peace.
When you doubt yourself, everything feels impossible. Maybe you were all ready to sing your favorite worship song at church but faltered when you saw the size of the crowd from behind the stage curtains. You worried the crowd would tally any missed notes against you, or perhaps consider any quaver in your voice a character flaw.
Fear does more than makes us dread the worst. It makes us second guess others and doubt ourselves. It even draws a barrier between us and God. It is possible to see past the cloud of fear, however. Take a look at Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When we recall our faith in Him, our minds and hearts stop racing. We can think more clearly and rationally. You may come to see the many eyes in crowd peering at you not with judgment but with wonder. Once you start to sing, they might fade from your consciousness altogether. All that fills you is Him and your song.
Fear paralyzes; faith motivates.
How many times have you kept yourself from doing something you really wanted to do simply because you were afraid? For example, maybe you really want to visit your friend who lives miles away. Unfortunately, your apprehension about flying is stopping you.
We have already mentioned the terrifying ways that fear can seize the body. Similarly, fear preys on the mind. More often than not, it maintains simultaneous control over mind and body. The result? Stasis--you want to run from the fear, ideally toward something that brings you joy. Alas, the fear holds you tight in its grasp.
Understandably, you are often most vulnerable in these dark moments. How can you not be when fear has infiltrated your entire being? Remember, though, what happens when we call upon Him to rescue us. Psalm 34:4 tells us that if we seek him, He will “deliver us from our fears.” By putting our faith in God, we can escape fear’s snare and pursue the things we desire to do.
Fear keeps us worried about the future; faith lets us focused on the now.
Not knowing what lies ahead can be frightening. Often times, we bombard ourselves with questions we have no way of answering: Will I get the job of my dreams? Will I fall ill and not be able to care for those I love the most? Will I grow up to live a happy, productive life? That uncertainty can even fuel much of the destructive thinking and behavior we have mentioned above (self-doubt, self-sabotage, etc.).
Matthew 6:34 tells us this: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Indeed, this is easier said than done. Our minds love to wander and create scenarios that may or may not ever happen. But when we put our faith in Him, we allow Him to guide us forward--not so far behind that we mire in our past mistakes and regrets but not so far ahead that we stumble and leave our faith behind.
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