Fear works directly against faith.
Fear pulls me away from the Lord
When my faith is strong…
- I am happy, confident, and even energetic.
- I remain calm as difficulties arise, I see things in perspective, and I feel the comfort and guidance of the Spirit.
- When confronted with a new difficulty, I ask, “What am I to learn?” instead of asking “Why me?”
When fear overcomes me…
- I am anxious and worried about the future.
- Those are hard times, lonely times. I don’t feel like I can handle things.
- I am likely to be easily upset and over react to problems.
- I become paralyzed or find myself caught in emotional loops of despair.
Fear is something I am well aquanted with.
I often have feared the unknown…
As a result, I have always tried to be proactive in order to control my life as much as possible and prevent any unknown surprises.
I was very fearful and I thought…
Instead of feeling peace, I began to be overwhelmed with the never ending ‘to do list’ that I created. I knew no matter what I did that I would always fall short. I became paralyzed by my fear.
When I look back at that time period, I realize that I did not understand the purpose of life and the purpose of difficulties in this life. I wished to avoid them at all cost.
Most of us wish to avoid hardships…
The truth is…
We would all like this life to be like a Disney Cruise! (I use that analogy because we all would like to have everything taken care of for us and our families. We want to have this magical, wonderful adventure complete with a happy theme song… you’ve seen the commercials… isn’t that what you would like you life to be?)
“Why would I chose that?” You may say.
It was to help us become like Jesus and prepare us to live with Him.
THIS LIFE WAS TO PREPARE US.
A life of ease would never have done that… it would never develop the strength of character and faith and determined righteousness that we needed to learn in order to be…
“This should be our purpose—to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow.”
Understanding the purpose of our trials and difficulties can help us combat fear and press forward in faith.
As I accept those things that come to me and pray for extra help to go through them, then I find peace and I find strength to continue on, and gradually I get more and more understanding. Despite all of the bad and the difficulties in the past two years I can look back and see growth and I can see good. That gives me faith and hope that the things right now that I don’t understand will also work for my good and will help me to grow.
So everyday I choose faith over fear.
Questions to Ponder:
1. How can you better choose faith over fear?