15 May Faith vs. Fear
As I was talking to my husband this weekend, I realized that most of the decisions we’ve had to make involved walking in faith or in fear.
This has been an ongoing area of development for me, and while it’s not always easy, I can appreciate the growth.
Take for example blogging, I constantly have to decide if I will continue writing in faith, or shy away from it in fear.
Having a natural home birth is another one. Not only have I been afraid that we wouldn’t have enough money to cover this type of uninsured care, but I’ve had more than a few people try to discourage me from giving birth this way.
At one point I had to ask the Lord if I was ignoring wise counsel. As I prayed, I was shown that those giving me advice were more so sharing their thoughts based off of fear of the unknown, love, and concern for me and the baby.
Another example is working from home. So many new teachers shared that they did not book their first class until after 30 – 45 days of being with the company. Was I going to be fearful and worry about this being the same story for me? Or would I have faith and believe that what God has for me is for me?
And the list goes on.
Homeschooling, the activities we place our children in, placing our son in a private school/ homeschool program, allowing our daughter to start her tutu business, etc.
Fear tells me, I can’t do any of it. I’m not good enough. It isn’t possible. It’s never going to work out.
I’d become really good at talking myself out of things.
Fear robs me of any hope for the future. It steals my joy, and makes me forget that any battle I face, has already been won. Fear clouds my judgement and causes me to forget my why. It’s in fear that I become paralyzed. In fear my obedience is delayed; which results in disobedience.
I constantly have to remind myself that God has not given me the spirit of fear. So if this fear does not come from the Lord and isn’t of Him, what business do I have embracing it?
Fear is not mine. I have to choose to hold onto it or to let it go, walking forward in faith.
God is such a gracious God. He does not force us to walk by faith. This is a choice we must make, by the leading of His Holy Spirit.
Is it easy?
Of course not. If it were, everyone would be doing it. Not only that, when has it ever been easy to be sure of that which we hope for but can’t see?
God has not called us to live an easy life. He hasn’t called us to stick to those task which are easy and can be done in our own strength. Faith in action requires that we do what seems difficult. It requires that we do things that are uncomfortable, abnormal, and sometimes seemingly flat out impossible.
Faith helps me walk in obedience, even when things don’t make sense. Faith helps me to believe Philippians 4:13. It’s by faith that I have the courage to start and continue tasks, even when I don’t see immediate results. It is by faith that I can grow in areas of weakness and believe in my strengths. By faith I have hope for my future, and I can let go of the past.
Faith or Fear
This isn’t one of those choices with a gray area. There’s no somewhere in between. Many of the choices we make, will involve succumbing to fear or standing in faith.
The only way to grow your faith muscles are to exercise them.
5 Ways to begin exercising your faith muscles:
- Pray and ask God to increase your measure of faith.
- Study the great Hero’s of Faith listed in Hebrews 11.
- Listen to testimonies of faith.
- Read books about faith.
- Surround yourself with people who encourage your faith.
The next time you’re up against a decision you need to make but one of the things that is holding you back is fear, I challenge you to pray and ask God to show you the way to walk by faith.
For me, most of the time if I have a choice to make, and one route involves fear, I know I probably need to choose that path and fight against the fear.
Often times, the enemy will use fear as a tactic to keep us from that which will bring God the most glory.
Ask God for the ability to discern His will, and then humbly yet boldly walk in His way.
What are you doing that is outside of your natural ability? Something that is going to take a mighty move of God.
It what areas are you exercising your faith muscles?
- I have faith that this blog will grow to be a major source of encouragement to both believers and non-believers. Encouraging parents everywhere to make wise choices that will positively influence their children’s future.
- By faith I believe that we will have the $4000 needed for our home birth.
- In faith I know that I will soon have the class-load I need with VIPKID.
These are just a few examples of situations beyond my control, but never beyond the control of God.