Friday, May 19, 2017

Living by Faith or In Fear?

            Living by Faith or In Fear?

                                     I Corinthians 2:5
"That your faith might not rest (stand) in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."

Does fear take hold of your emotions in your day-to-day life? Do you understand that faith is not something you can produce in and of yourself?  Can you develop a faith that conquers all your fears?

Psalm 56:3, David reveals his faith with these words: "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."  Psalm 119 is filled with verses expressing the way in which David treasured God's Word: "With my whole heart I have sought thee" (v. 10); "I will meditate on your precepts" (v. 15); "I will hide your words in my heart" (v. 11). What wisdom those words speak to us today. It’s not in David we put our trust but in the power of the gospel, the finished work of Christ.

God is gracious and understanding towards our weaknesses. But, the Bible is clear that our faith does not mature and strengthen us without trials. When we face unbearable illnesses, remember that Romans 5:3 says, "Tribulation works patience." If someone turns against us, we can be comforted by the words in Romans 8:31, "If God is for us who can be against us!" Throughout life we will continue to face various trials that would cause us fear. According to His Word, God assures us that we can know a calm peace through every situation, "the peace of God, which surpasses (excels) all understanding"  which He has promised will "guard your hearts and your minds in (and through) Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).

Though in Christ we are more than conquerors, (Romans 8:37), on occasion, we allow intimidating circumstances to distract us from the truth of the Word of God. When we focus on our fears, overwhelming feelings of helplessness rob us of the joy there is in Christ alone.  "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear . . ." (Psalm 118:6).

Lord, when I’m afraid, I will trust in You.

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