“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”* Faith is confidence. Faith is bold, faith is strong and faith knows without a doubt that God is God and that He is faithful no matter what. Faith has a language. Faith speaks. Faith speaks the words of the Lord. Faith speaks with confidence and boldness and it only talks in line with the Word of God. Sometimes when you are facing a situation, faith will talk to you and it is up to you to listen to it or to go with something else. Fear talks as well. Fear is chatty and obnoxious and it loves having the floor. If faith is not dominant in your life, fear will grab the mike and “serenade” you with awful songs of doubt and worry. Fear can easily be louder than faith so we need to guard ourselves and protect ourselves against the lies of fear. Today I want to encourage you to not listen to fear. Give fear time out every time it tries to get in your head and take you for a spin. The Lord says “Fear not,” in His Word hundreds of times. He has the power to help you silence fear so that faith is all you hear and all you speak.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”** With faith in God, we don’t rely on what we see. We rely on what we know is true in Jesus’ name. Fear loves to look at what is in front of it. Fear walks by sight, by sound and by our human senses. Fear also operates greatly in the mind and uses thoughts and ideas to influence our lives in a negative way. Fear creates many scenarios that are not based on the truth of the Lord. Fear creates its own reality that appears to be extremely real so we focus on it and we accept it. When we let fear control our thinking and bring up negative emotions and feelings, we are giving fear an audience. Our goal as Christians is to not listen to fear. Fear will always have a voice but we don’t have to pay attention to it and we shouldn’t adhere to it.
Fear has a very familiar voice. It is a voice we have heard since we were little. It came into our heads and it has stayed there. It is dormant at times but as you know, it always wakes up and wreaks havoc. One thing I suggest is that you get used to the voice of faith. The voice of faith can be heard throughout the Word of God. Pick up your Bible and dive in. Pick up your Bible and listen to faith and hope. Don’t just listen but also make that voice your own. Speak it. Speak faith into everything. Speak faith into every situation. When fear speaks, put it down with words of faith. Fear will scream and be deafening but you have a great helper. Have you ever thought of asking the Holy Spirit to help you against fear? Turn to Him. He will give you tips on how to turn down the volume of fear and turn up the voice of faith. You will be able to recognize the voice of faith as well when you spend time in the Word and in fellowship with the Lord.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”# God wants you to walk in faith and to have hope all the time. He doesn’t want fear to cripple you and to keep you captive. The more you listen to fear, the less you will be able to hear God’s voice and to walk in the fullness of His blessings. Fear is there to steal your joy and your peace and to destroy your faith. Destroy fear by speaking words of faith as much as you can. Do it even when fear keeps hanging on to you. Faith will come. Faith will grow if you stick to it and you abide in the Word of God. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1*; 2 Corinthians 5:7**; Romans 15:13#