Faith vs Fear

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Fear is one of the most potent forces on earth and its always a negative force but we have a more powerful force called Faith. Fear keeps you captive and makes you believe you can’t achieve a set target while Faith captivates you and makes you believe with God by your side you can achieve anything. Fear paralyzes while faith energizes. Faith attracts what you want while Fear attracts what you are scared of. Faith is God centered while Fear is self centered. Fear looks at your capability, Faith looks at God’s capacity. Fear looks at your bank account, Faith looks at God’s resources.

The relationship between faith and fear is like a seesaw. When one is up, the other is down. So when we allow fear to rise, our faith will decline. But the opposite is true as well. When we increase our faith, our fear will fall. Faith that conquers fear depends on absolute trust in God. It is the kind of faith that has an open heart to whatever God provides for us.

Faith and fear cannot exist together. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is an absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact. On the other hand, fear, simply stated, is unbelief or weak belief. As unbelief gains the upper hand in our thoughts, fear takes hold of our emotions. Our deliverance from fear and worry is based on faith, which is the very opposite of unbelief.

When we walk close with God and trust Him daily, our faith will conquer our fears. When we put our focus on God, fear fades into the background. At the first sign of fear, our plan of action should be seeking God in prayer.
Fear works directly against faith. Fear pulls us away from God.

When you work in faith, you are confident, and even energetic and approach each day with the mentality that God will take care of all your needs. But when you resort back to fear, you work with the mentality that you can do it by yourself or by other men which makes you anxious about the problems you face and worried about what is coming next.

What is the source of fear? It is rooted in the assumption that I must solve all my problems and face all my challenges alone, using my own resources.
What is the source of faith? It is rooted in the knowledge that God is capable of solving all my problems and I face all my challenges with Him by my side, using God’s resources.

When we live by faith, we know that even when the storm is at its worst, we can trust that God is working out His purposes for us.
That fear is a failure of faith.

Fear tells you that you are broke and can’t pay for your school fees while Faith tells you that God will provide your school fees.
Fear tells you that you are sick while Faith tells you that you are healed.
Fear tells you that you are alone while Faith tells you that you are never alone for God is always with you.
Fear tells you that you are jobless while Faith tells you that is working in your favour, that very soon you will be an employer.
Fear is real but more real is Faith.
Fear is strong but Faith is powerful.

Choose 1. FEAR or FAITH? Choose wisely.

References:
Faith vs Fear – What does the Bible say? by Michael Houdmann
Faith vs Fear by Michael Houseff
Faith vs Fear by William Messengill

4 Steps To Overcoming FEAR (The God Part)

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It seems we have made fear a part of our way of living. We are always afraid of one thing or the other. In dealing with this paralyzing force called fear, we discussed three steps to dealing with fear by our personal efforts which includes; facing the truth, eliminating negativity and affectionately loving yourself. If you missed the first part, read 4 Steps To Dealing With Fear (The ‘Me’ Part).
For the final step to dealing with fear, we are going to be asking our maker (God) to ascertain His take on fear and how we could overcome it.

R — Reach-out To God:  If a product has a problem, the best person in place to repair that product is the manufacturer. If your ipad is faulty then Apple Inc. should be the most efficient company to repair it. After God created man He said in Genesis 1:28 ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’ He never said be afraid of it, He specifically said ‘subdue it’.
Fear was induced into us by either life, experiences, or just personal choices, so the best way to remove such forms of fear is contacting our manufacturer (God).
2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
The most fail proof way of dealing with fear is by reaching out to your creator and the creator of the Universe.
God is big, strong and caring enough to carry our fears, burdens and worries because He said in 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”
He said in Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” He also affirmed in Isaiah 41:13 that we should “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

What does the Bible say about most of our fears –»

If you are afraid of fear itself then remember Psalms 34:4 says “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

For those afraid of tomorrow and the future in general, remember Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

If you are afraid of those that fight you then remember Exodus 14:14 which says “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

If you are afraid of man, or your landlord who threatened you or the witch in your village who accused you then remember:
1) Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Nothing”.
2) Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

If you are afraid of death then remember:
1) Proverbs 14:27 “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.”
2) Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

For those afraid of Boko Haram remember:
1) Isaiah 35:4 “Say to those who have an anxious heart, Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
2) Joshua 1:9 ” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
3) Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them (Boko Haram), for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
4) John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

If you are afraid of armed robbers or hired killers or terrorism then remember:
1) Acts 18:9-10 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”
2) Psalms 23:5 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
3) Psalms 121:3-8 “He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you, the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
4) Psalm 91:1-16 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day”.
5) Isaiah 43:5 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you”.
6) Deuteronomy 1:29 “Do not be in dread or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes.”
7) Psalm 27:1-3 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.”

If you are afraid of what you will eat or wear then remember Matthew 6:25 says “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

If your afraid of failing in life or in your exams then remember:
1) Deuteronomy 28:13 “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail.”
2) Daniel 1:20 “The King found them ten times better than their peers.”
3) Daniel 2:22,28-29 “God revealeth the deep and secret things (concerning life or examinations).”
4) 1 Corinthians 2:16 “Those with the mind of God will receive instructions.”
5) 2 Timothy 1:7 “God has given us the power of a sound mind.”
6) Ephesians 1:17 “God will give us the Spirit of Wisdom.”

If your afraid of sickness then remember:
1) Exodus 23:25 “Serve the lord and He will take away sickness from thee”
2) 3 John 1:2 “I wish above all things that thou mayest proper and be in health”
3) Proverbs 53:5 “By His stripes we are healed”
4) Matthew 8:17 “Himself bore our infirmities and took our sickness”
5) Psalms 103:3 “Bless the Lord who heals all your diseases”

If your afraid of your past sins and all the bad things you have done then remember Psalms 103:3 “Bless the Lord who forgives all your sins.”

If you afraid of loneliness, remember God said in Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

If you fear that there is no man to help you get a job or help with something important to you then read Psalms 121:1-2 which says “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

If you are afraid of circumstances and situations, trials and tribulations then read Isaiah 43:2-5 which says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you”

If your afraid of sleeping and not waking up remember Psalms 3:5 says “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”

If you are afraid of your enemies or people that dislike you, or haters or people plotting evil against you, remember:
1) Psalms 23:6 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
2) Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.”
3) Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”

God said in Psalms 56:3 that you should not be afraid but put your trust in Him. He also said in Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

A wise man once said that FEAR has two meanings; Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours. Let’s use these steps abbreviated as F.E.A.R to tackle our fears and overcome them.


Acknowledgment:
I’ll like to appreciate my drama unit members in David’s Christian Center fondly known as “Soul Impact” for some of the Bible verses in this article.

4 Steps To Overcoming FEAR (The ‘Me’ Part)

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It seems we have made fear a part of our way of living. We are always afraid of one thing or the other. These fears include but not limited to; Fear of what people think of you, fear of failure, fear of death, fear of tomorrow, fear of loneliness, fear of the unknown, fear of sickness, fear of panic, fear of love, fear of marriage, fear of the wedding day, fear of sex, fear of drowning, fear of flying, public speaking, fear of what people would say, fear of criticism, fear of unfaithfulness, fear of commitment, fear of reproach, fear of poverty, fear of asking a girl out (hard faced girls of nowadays..lol), fear of marrying the wrong person, fear of imperfection, fear of exams, fear of Police or LASTMA (My Lagos people would know better), fear of armed robbers, fear of being raped, fear of fraud, fear of being abused, fear of HIV, fear of witches (that old woman in the village), fear of heartbreak (a girl’s biggest fear), fear of not being appreciated, fear of a lecturer,fear of the landlord, fear of Boko Haram and so many more.

By definition, “fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined… ” Fear is such a powerful emotion that it can simply override all other feelings, logic or priorities.
In essence, fear is an illusion inexistent in the physical world, it is neither tangible nor visible. But it exists in our minds and manifests through our actions. These internal fears almost certainly cause external problems in our life, relationships and family. When our actions are founded in fear, we almost always make poor decisions which can have undesired consequences on us and others. Fear leads us to act out of desperation, frustration and anger. Fear produces stagnancy because it causes us to battle against ourselves. The rational part of our brain wars against our agitated emotions, and the struggle for the stronger of the two causes great stress within us. We worry that our worst fears may come true. And exactly that which we fear, ironically, we bring to life. In dealing with fear, there is the ‘Me’ part and the God part. For the first part, we will be discussing how to overcome fear from within by our personal decisions. Incorporate these four steps to fearlessness into your everyday life and feel your fears melt away:

F — Face The Truth: Face the truth of your fears. Face what scares you head-on. I remember a friend that said she was really a shy person and standing in front of people scared her silly. The only way she could overcome this fear was to face the fear head-on and make the fear understand that she was not going to give in to its paralyzing effect. To overcome her fear, she “fear fully” joined the ushering department in her church. The first few weeks were like hell because anytime she stood she felt “everyone was looking at her, maybe because her hair was not fine, maybe because her dress was not stylish enough, maybe because she wasn’t fine enough”. So many of such thoughts went through her mind but after a while, she got used to it and now she can stand in front of anyone without feeling a tad awkward. If you are afraid of drowning then learn how to swim. If you are afraid of public speaking then start practicing speaking in your class or office. If you are afraid of rejection then start doing things that people would say NO to you so you get accustomed to it. If you are afraid of asking a girl out for fear of rejection, why not ask her out for the hope of acceptance. She might say no but she might also say yes. If you are afraid of heartbreak then why not fall in love and if it doesn’t work out then you know you tried and he/she isn’t for you. 
Learn to separate necessary concerns from baseless fears. Chances are that many of your fears are unwarranted in the greater scheme of your life. Remember, the unfortunate events which you fear will happen do not need to happen.

E — Erase Negativity: Many times, your fears stem from your own negative experiences or from witnessing the hardships of those around you. So people are afraid of heartbreak not necessarily because they have been heartbroken before but because they have seen a close friend heartbroken which has scarred them. Some other people are afraid of divorce because their parents or relations have been through a nasty divorce. Some people are afraid of public speaking because when other people talk they either stutter or are laughed at. Some people are afraid of death because they have seen a loved one die.
What you must remind yourself daily is that your past is your past, and whatever happened in your past, which makes you afraid today, must be dealt with and its mental imprints removed permanently.

A — Affectionately Believe in Yourself: I saw a report where thousands of people in America were asked what there were afraid of and more people were afraid of public speaking than of death. Can you imagine that? Why are people afraid of public speaking? Simply because they think they are going to stumble, stutter, make a fool of themselves. We are afraid of interviews because we have the believe the prospective employer is doing us a favour hiring us. Hell No. You are doing him/her a favour because no one has what you have, no one can do what you can do, no one can ever be like you. Take this self believe to the interview hall. By the way, the people interviewing you don’t have two heads or they don’t they use the toilet like the rest of us. Believe in your self jarey. Self awareness and self confidence eradicates such fears. Say to yourself “I know who I am and I know I can do this”. You have to work on your self-esteem. Fear arises from not believing enough in your own abilities and talents. When you constantly live in the mindset of “I can’t do it” or, “I’m not good enough,” you narrow your window of success to a very slim opening and inadvertently put yourself down.

Continuation: 4 Steps To Overcoming FEAR (The God Part)

A wise man once said that FEAR has two meanings; Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

 

Acknowledgment:
I specially appreciate Cynthia ‘Orish” for her contribution towards the completion of this article. Thank you dear

 

Reference:
Overcoming Fear in 8 steps by Dr. Carmen Harra

Indecision Is Worst Than Bad Decisions

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#Nugget 4:
Someone once said that there are 7 days in a week and ‘someday’ is not one of the them. I remember before I started this blog, I was so indecisive about starting it. Every time someone asked me to start the blog, I always gave one excuse or the other why I should not start. Excuses like;
‘There are so many blogs on the internet and I don’t want to join the statistics’.
‘I don’t think I can write impactful articles’.
‘I don’t think I can get people to read my blog’.
‘The rigors of writing an article almost everyday might be too much’.
‘I would’t have the time to maintain the blog’ and many more excuses.
It was not until I decided to start that everything I needed either mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally came into place. Do you lack opportunities? Make some decisions. The moment you definitely decide, all sorts of things happen to help you that never would have otherwise occurred. Indecision will always give birth to excuses.
Have you ever noticed that some of the most miserable people in the world are those who can never make a decision? Being decisive is an absolute key to a successful life. Every accomplishment, great or small, starts with a decision. Nothing great was ever done without a decision. If you commit yourself to being indecisive, what kind of life will you live? The truth is that the most dangerous place to be is in the middle of the road. There is no question that you create opportunities by being decisive.
The book of James says “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Too many people go through life not knowing what they want, but feeling sure they don’t have it. Remain indecisive and you will never grow. To move from where you are, you must decide where you would rather be.
Indecision is worst than bad decisions because if you make a decision and it turns out to be the wrong decision, you learn from that decision and move on. If on the other hand you are undecided and make no decision, you are on the same spot thinking and analyzing but all said and done, you remain on the same spot and that opportunity to act may never come again.

Remember, there is nothing in the middle of the road but dead rats and pot holes. Stop sitting on the fence, lest you fall and break your back. Make a decision today.

Reference:
“Why Ask Why” by John Mason