“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”2 Timothy 1:7
Faith and fear are opposites. Faith drives out fear and fear drives out faith. We have a choice to make to live in fear or to live in faith. Let us look at some definitions. According to the Oxford English Dictionary fear means, “an unpleasant emotion caused by threat of danger, pain or harm.” The meaning of faith according to the same dictionary is, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”
Fear clouds our judgement and destroys our trust in God. Fear is the fuel that flames doubt. Fear is a weapon used by the devil. This is one way Satan will use to draw us away from God. If we do not overcome our fears there is a danger that our trust in God will deeply damaged. There is ultimately only one way to overcome fear. Look to the Lord Jesus Christ. Look to Him for strength and guidance. Remember when Christ calmed the wind. His disciples were fearful of the dangers that the element posed. It took just a few words from Jesus for the wind to cease and their fear disappeared.
The Christian ought to live by faith and in faith. The Bible teaches us that those in Christ have the victory over fear because Christ has overcome fear. It is worth bearing in mind that if God be for us then nothing and no-one can be against us. There is no condemnation for those who are the children of God, by faith. Christian’s are called to have a growing faith which is built up by prayer and the reading of God’s Word. If we belong to God by faith in Christ we have nothing to fear.
We have a choice. Allow the demons of doubt to cripple our faith, or trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen, comfort and protect us. Listen to Christ say, “Peace be still.” Hear him say to your soul, “Come and rest in me.” The question is simple, faith or fear?