Is it any wonder they both start with the letter ‘F’? Fear and Faith, they are in some ways – exact opposites. I am not speaking of the (fear of the Lord). I am referring to a “spirit of fear”. The Bible tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV).
I have been experiencing a wave of negativity around me. First of all, I am not alone. I am sure everyone experiences those waves of negativity from time to time. Secondly, It is important that we don’t take it personally. Although analyzing everything can be exhausting, taking a step back to analyze the situation with prayer – helps.
If you have an idea and it doesn’t go over well, often times – fear is the culprit. We human beings are naturally fearful. We get use to things a certain way, and are afraid that if we change anything it won’t work. If it doesn’t look like we think it is supposed to, then it must be a bad thing. Often times we forget that situations don’t have to look the way we expect them to look, that is called control. There’s another one – fear of losing control. But do we really want to be in control?
What are we really saying when we’re afraid? It could be we’re afraid of what other people will think. We’re afraid of the work that it is going to cost us. We’re afraid of doing something stupid. We’re afraid to trust new people. We’re afraid to love because we’ve been hurt before. The list goes on and on.
But let us never be afraid to let God usher us into something new that He is doing. Check your spirit. Are you bucking at God’s divine intervention? Is God trying to show us something and we’re too afraid to give him the reins? Or we could ask it this way, are we too afraid to let him reign.
If you’re feeling frustrated and wanting to complain, or perhaps you have a panic inside you can’t explain, these are often the tell-tale signs of fear. Be silent and still and recite 2 Timothy 1:7 out loud and ask God for new eyes to see what He is doing. Ask Him to show you how to move forward in faith.
“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Hebrews 10:39).
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).