What if I told you that Faith was the same as Fear? It’s true! Both believe in something that has yet to happen. Both are a spiritual force with the potential to manifest great power in our lives. Both faith and fear ultimately determine what we can or will receive and experience in this life.
Consider the coin. There are two sides to every coin. And yet it’s the same coin. Heads or Tails; the coin doesn’t change. Fear and faith work in the same way. Fear is one side of the coin. Faith is the other. For the believer, faith is the vehicle for receiving God’s promises while fear is the theft of those promises.
We witness a “stick up” in action every day in our own lives and that of others. The economy, ISIS, and the speculation and analysis of end-time prophecies have produced a binding fear that is pervading the hearts and minds of God’s people.
Maybe the fear of a failing economy isn’t causing you to lose sleep. Good. But fear operates on all levels, levels that are seemingly innocent and void of hostility.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t have any fear. There are times when fear is a gift. A healthy dose of fear causes us to examine our situation, anticipate change and plan for the future. Some fear is good.
But I’m talking about that destiny-altering kind of fear; that growth-stunting, dream-killing kind of fear. Like choosing not to marry again because the first marriage failed. Not running for public office because you don’t want you or your spouse’s past to be exposed. Or, nor starting that business for fear of failure.
Fear unchecked brings sickness and disease, financial failure, bondage (Romans 8:15), oppression (Isaiah 54:14), worry and death.
Fear is a tool of Satan; used to control and dominate us, to suppress our gifts, our voice and our impact towards advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. Satan has no power except that of fear. He knows he cannot affect you without the force of fear just as God cannot affect you without the force of faith.
FEAR AND FAITH CANNOT OPERATE AT THE SAME TIME.
Just as the coin cannot be both heads and tails at the same time, neither can fear and faith exist – in full force- at the same time. They are both spiritual forces. One must concede to the other.
When either faith or fear inhabits our heart and mind, it rises to produce like results and subsequently cancels out the other. Job said, “That which I have so greatly feared has come upon me.” Fear, given prominence in our mental and spiritual space will produce sickness and disease in our body the same way faith produces healing.
But I Have Good News!
FREEDOM FROM FEAR IS PART OF OUR REDEMPTION IN CHRIST.
God has established us in righteousness through the shed blood of Jesus. He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. That righteousness, or right standing with the Father, opens the door to our complete freedom. We have not been given a spirit of fear; but of power, of love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Fear and faith have to be received (Romans 12:3). To accept one is to refuse the other. You can decide today– and everyday to receive the measure of faith given to each of us. To receive your healing, your relationship, your destiny, your peace and sound mind. You can decide which force you will live under, which power will move you (or not). You can decide to live under the covering of God by faith. You can decide to put your faith in Love. The author of Love kicked fear out (1 John 4:18). It is dominated by faith.
What will you decide? Faith or her ugly step-sister, fear?
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED ABOVE
Romans 8:15- For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.
Acts 10:38- Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Isaiah 54:14 – In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear; and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
Romans 12:3 AMP- For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
1 John 4:18- There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.