FAITH OVER FEAR
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
The law of the Spirit is the authority and power of the Spirit; the law of sin is the authority and power of sin.
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus frees from the law of sin and death. God is omnipotent and his Spirit is a Spirit of power and authority, transforming and renewing the mind, sanctifying the heart, putting to death the evil deeds of the body, and liberating us from the law of sin and death.
What is the law of the Spirit of life? The law of the Spirit of life is the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He gives us the desire to live a holy life, wisdom concerning how to overcome the world, bodily passions and self-will, and the power to choose holiness in place of spiritual uncleanness.
The fear of God keeps us from sin; the fear of man leads to sin, and that is what we are to avoid: ―The fear of man brings a snare‖ (Proverbs 29:25, NKJV).
Rom 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Where are your thoughts fixed? On your problems? On the fact that hand sanitiser may go out of stock? Or on what Jesus Christ accomplished for you by His finished work on the Cross?
The devil operates on our five senses. He wants to stir us into a frenzy through what we see, hear, smell and feel. But as children of God we walk by faith and not by sight. Peace only comes when our thoughts are fixed on Jesus.
How do we do this? By keeping our thinking full of His Word, His truth, His promises in the Bible. What do we do when our thinking is running rampant with fear?
Here is some practical advice: you can’t cast a thought down with a thought. You cast it down with the spoken word. Open your mouth and introduce a new thought. Speak the Word of God.
In the face of worry and fear, we lift up the shield of faith. Fear plays out in the arena of the mind and the best way to cast down a fearful thought is by speaking aloud the promises in the Word of God.
Step #1) Know the Word
“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands” (Psalm 119:66).
Step #2) Obey the Word
“You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did” (James 2:22).
Step #3) Speak the Word
“No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it” (Deuteronomy 30:14).
There are times we need to simply speak out loud what the Bible teaches in the face of fear. Fear breeds on our doubts in the silence of our thoughts.
Step #4) Pray the Word
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).
Step #5) Live the Word
“Jesus answered, „It is written: „Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God‟” (Matthew 4:4).
A believer who knows, obeys, speaks, and prays the Word of God—will live it out in faith and not fear. The choice of faith becomes easier as we become overwhelmingly confident that God will do as He says in His word—fear just isn’t a viable option.
Psalm 91 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Safe and Secure
91 When you sit enthroned[a] under the shadow of Shaddai,[b] you are hidden[c] in the strength of God Most High.. 2 He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me, the only God for me, and my great confidence.. 3 He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy,[d] and he will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse.[e] 4 His massive arms[f] are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm. 5 You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you 6 Don’t fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you,[g] nor will the powers of evil launched against you. 7 Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed. you will remain unscathed and unharmed. 8 you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done! 9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? 11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm. 12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you and keep you from stumbling. 13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness,[h] trampling every one of them beneath your feet! 14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. 15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. 16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”
Mat 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Mat 7:25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
Mat 7:27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
It’s a choice every believer can’t avoid—either we are walking in faith or fear. Faith in the face of fear stretches us to grow up spiritually. In Romans 10:17 we recognize that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ”. In order to build our faith we must broaden our knowledge, understanding, and application of God’s word.