Everything comes by faith. The same faith that saves us; is the faith that carries us in times of trouble. Did you know we have the same power living in us that raised Jesus from the dead. Now that is something to be excited about!!
Faith according to the dictionary is defined as confidence or trust in a person or thing; belief that is not based on proof; belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion..
Every person exercises their faith everyday on things that most people put little to no thought in to. For example: When you flip a light switch you don’t wonder if the light will come on you simply have faith and believe it will.
The faith I am talking about today is the outrageous trust in God.
The dictionary defines fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
Fear is the wrong use of our imagination and stems from expecting the worse. Fear is a normal human emotion that everyone feels from time to time but we must know where the fear is coming from and choose to move forward in faith despite it.
How do we act in Faith over fear? The Bible tells us a lot about faith and shows us where the fear is coming from. Take a look at 2 Timothy 1:7. The verse shows us that fear is a spirit and NOT from God but He has given us Power to overcome.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.
The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11 and provides proof that God is a faithful. It says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It goes on to give examples of outstanding faith from the beginning of time.
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”..
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance…
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age..
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe..
33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
These are only some of the examples of victory through faith.
Living a life of faith is not as uncommon as one may think. It requires a measure of spiritual discontent and often means going against the popular opinion– Meaning believing in what others do not. Faith sees what others do not and is always doing, acting, and moving forward.
As mentioned earlier fear is a feeling, but faith is a conscious choice to believe what God has promised. You have to actively choose to apply faith and your feelings will fall into line. Faith is acting even in fear– when faced with doubt and opposition. The world tells us that seeing is believing but the Bible tells us believing is seeing.
2 Corinthians 5:7 we walk by faith, not by sight
Having biblical faith is not have faith in faith, it is having faith in God to fulfill His promises. Faith is belief mixed with fear and uncertainty but acting on the belief part. Faith is when we forward all our worries and troubles to God. If we wait for all circumstances to be just right we will never move.
We must practice faith over fear and not allow the enemy to stop us from what God has called us to do. If we allow the fear to control our faith and not learn to exercise the power given to us from God we could be missing out on promises and blessings from God.
I want to first thank you for Your word, for speaking to me through my studies and giving me the courage to follow Your lead and share what you have taught me with others. Lord God, I pray that Your message is heard and that You give each person reading this article knowledge and clarity on biblical faith. God I pray that they would not just take my word for it but to seek You first hand, to open their hearts and minds and to follow your lead. God, I pray the spirit of fear will flee from every person whom Satan is trying to hold back by his lies. I pray each would have faith and confidence in Your character and promises. I pray we would remember You have NOT given us the spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. I pray You would teach us to walk by faith and not by sight. God I pray your blessings, love, and protection over each person in Jesus mighty name I pray.