Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Daily Portion: Faith vs. Fear

In continuation from the previous post titled Vision vs. Fear, and talking about how fear deters us from our vision, I thought it fitting to write a blog about Faith vs. Fear, since in reality, faith is the only thing that can and will get rid of fear and doubt!  Whether we believe it or not, fear comes up to disturb us and try to take our focus away from what we are called to do, destined to do, our purpose in life. When we come to realize that that fear can be tackled by using faith, we have come to know and live in an untapped power, only given through Christ! Faith is the weapon to use against fear, at ALL times!

Dictionary.com defines fear as a distressing emotion caused by impending danger, evil, pain - whether the threat is real or imagined. Danger, evil, pain.... only Christ can and has overcome those!

Dictionary.com defines faith as belief that is not based on proof. 
Interesting how fear is an emotion caused by threat even if it's imagined, and the complete opposite is believing something even when you don't have proof! Knowing this should be enough to get us to STOP concentrating on the fear and letting fear run our lives and emotions, and just trusting and relying on our faith (in God, in Christ, in how He has overcome, in ourselves, in our vision, in what He has promised, in what's to come.........)  I will not fear!

Here are some Scriptures that talk about fear and faith, and when those times arise when we feel less than competent to tackle our purpose, our calling, what we are here to do, let's look back on these Scriptures and let's see what GOD is telling us we CAN do! 

What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You. Psalm 56:3

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1

Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom! -Luke 12:32  

I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  - Psalm 34:4

Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. - Isaiah 41:10  

There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].   -1 John 4:18

Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. -Exodus 14:13

He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.  -Matthew 17:20

No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.  -Romans 4:20-21

Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. -Romans 5:1-2

Through Him you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, Who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God. -1 Peter 1:21

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. -John 14:12

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. -2 Timothy 1:7

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].  For by [faith—trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. -Hebrews 11:1-2

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson

It is my prayer that this reflection be a part of your daily portion.

Love & Blessings,

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