What comes to your mind when you think of the word “Fear”? Maybe a fear of your own, maybe a fearful scenario, maybe times when fear caused a failure. Today, I want to you put all of those thoughts on the back burner and think about what fear is. There is good fear and bad fear, but sometimes, it’s tricky deciphering between the two. Remember: No good thing can come bad fear. Today, we are talking about bad fear and how to combat that fear with faith.
Fear is the destroyer of dreams, the remover of joy, and a hater of faith.
Faith, confidence, strength, humility – these character traits combat fear working together to remove elements of insecurity and feelings of doubt. Confidence, strength and humility are obvious fear fighters, but what about faith? How can faith be your #1 weapon against fear? It’s easier to understand once you learn the difference between the two and choose to accept the benefits of faith over fear.
Let’s take a look at what fear can do, and then let’s counter that with what faith can do.
“The fear of man brings a trap…”
“I read that fear is an emotional response induced by a perceived threat, which causes a change in brain and organ function, as well as in behavior. Fear can lead us to hide, to run away, or to freeze in our shoes. Fear may arise from a confrontation or from avoiding a threat, or it may come in the form of a discovery.” – Alex Niles (Psychology Today)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe.” – T. D. Jakes
It’s way easier to have fear than faith, and that’s why we must surround ourselves with fear fighters. Fear is something that happens naturally; whereas, faith is something that you have to work on. It takes a lot of courage and humility to have faith. It’s something you can’t physically see at first, but you can see it’s effects over time. It’s kinda like air. You need it, you have to just trust that it’s there, but you can’t really tell if it’s there until you experience its effects. I challenge you to face your fears with faith. I won’t lie to you and say that it’s easy, but it’s a lot nicer to sit in faith than to sit in fear. It feels a million times better, and it’s something you wont regret.