Fear and Faith

There are two things at war in our minds at most times.  Fear and faith.  As Christians, that’s a tough battle, and quite often a battle that we feel guilty about fighting.  We believe!  We should have faith. We shouldn’t be afraid.

But yet, we are. There are things and situations we are afraid of. Shouldn’t we be better than that!  We shouldn’t be afraid.  We should have faith.

But we do fear, and then we feel bad. We feel like failures.

Let’s look at Abraham this morning.  In Genesis 12, God called him to leave behind his home, and go to the land that God would show him.  And he responded and he followed.  He believed, and he obeyed.  He did what he was supposed to do.  Now, a few chapter later through, this is what we find.  Listen to Genesis 15: 1-6:

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

0bd2cbd30bc7f1b2a234d42c9c028c2fGod comes to him and says this first off – fear not.  Why?

Well, quite often in scripture that’s God’s first word to someone, don’t be afraid.  Don’t fear. But, here for Abraham, there was something bigger going on.  God had promised him so much.  Land.  Children.  Family.  And now, he had no child.  He was afraid.  He was afraid the promises weren’t going to happen, he was afraid that all that he wanted wasn’t going to take place.

So, God comes to him and says, fear not.  I am your shield.  Your reward will be very great.

Believe.

And Abraham believed, and it was counted as righteousness.  He trusted.  He had faith.

Fear and faith. That’s the battle of our lives sometimes isn’t.  We want to have faith.  We want to believe.  But we are afraid.   We are scared.  We doubt.

We’ve all been there.  Fear and faith.  Fear and faith.

Today, have faith.  The only thing that conquers fear is faith.  The only thing that gets rid of fear is faith.  We have to believe, we have to hold fast, we have to hope, even when it’s tough.

Because God is good.  And true.  And faithful.  Fear and faith.  That’s the choice we have to make, each day.  Have faith, today, even when it’s hard.  God is good.  He won’t leave you.  Trust.  Have faith. And He will drive away your fear.

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