Thursday, October 6, 2016

fear or faith: the choice is yours

When we choose faith and to be positive in life, we choose to live far differently than most of the world.  Many, many people wake every day overcome with fear.  How do you step toward faith rather than being wrapped up in fear?

The choice for Christians is simple.  We can trust God or allow our faith to drift away.  It helps to hold tight to the verses in the Bible where God addresses the power of living by faith.

Let’s start with what God says about fear:

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Micah 4:4  NLT
Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has made this promise!

Let all who fear the Lord repeat: “His faithful love endures forever.”

Now let’s turn to what God says about faith.  I do know the verses on fear could be many more, but I gave you a few to think on as I give you a few about faith:

Acts 27:25  ESV
So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

for we walk by faith, not by sight—

“Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.

Psalm 28:7  NLT
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

The choice again is yours and mine.  Will we today live leaning from fear or leaning toward God in faith? 

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