Overcoming Fear

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

Have faith. Live in faith. Walk by faith.

I hear these phrases often, either through exuberant gusto or quiet whispers from myself and others. There are also times where I say it more out of frustration than encouragement, but either way I know that I am supposed to have faith. I NEED to have faith!

But I am at that point where I am tired of hearing about it, talking about it and praying for it. I want it to come, show up, take over and transform my entire life. But the truth is, there are circumstances that come, show up, take over and transform my entire life. And they’re not always good circumstances either. (Insert sad face here.)

But the not so good circumstances are usually just “unrecognized” answered prayers. We pray for God to strengthen us and increase our faith but unfortunately, God doesn’t pass over our beds at night while we’re sleeping and increase our faith levels like many of us would like. He sends test, trials, sickness, heartache and any other situation you can imagine to increase our faith. And many times we respond with fear rather than faith.

It’s easy to talk about faith and claim “I’ve got faith” until you have to act out faith. And faith surely doesn’t deal the same hand twice. One moment faith may be getting still and quiet and waiting for God to move while the next time faith may be stepping out and trusting that God is going to cover you. That’s why it’s imperative to have an intimate relationship with God so you can clearly hear from Him. There’s nothing like getting your faith signals mixed up because you’re not properly tuned in to God and ending up outside of His will.

So I’m here to encourage you to stand tall. You’re either going to run or you’re going to rise. I prefer the latter of the two but your choice is entirely up to you. Which will you choose?

Peace and love.

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me. – Micah 7:8 (ESV)

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