You cannot have fear and faith at the same time. It’s impossible. You either have fear or you have faith. Which will it be?

Fear has been defined as an unpleasant, strong emotion caused by the unknown. However faith has been defined as having complete undeniable trust or confidence in someone or something even if you cannot prove its existence.

Basically what all that means is fear comes from a lack of knowledge. It presents itself when things are unpredictable. It is scary. It is based on what you think no
t what you know.

Faith is substantial. It can be trusted. It comes from the heart. It comes from within. It is based on what you know not what you think.

Fear is a curse where faith is a gift.

Fear is disabling. If you fear something you will shy away from it and it will gain power over you. Fear has a way of controlling you and stripping you of your natural abilities. It can even paralyze you and keep you from moving towards your goals and your dreams.

Faith is empowering. When a person has faith they believe anything is possible and nothing can stop them. They move towards their goals and dreams with expectation and purpose. They have a pep in their step and an intent in their heart. Faith provides the roar in the lion!!!

When fear is all you can feel…

You must remember that God did not give you the spirit of fear. He gave you a spirit of love, power and sound judgement. 1 Timothy 1:7

Sound judgement will help you when things seem fearful. There may be a reason why you are reluctant to move forward in some things. But don’t let that stop you. Don’t let it paralyze you.  Find out the reason for the reluctance and act accordingly. When fear overtakes your ability to move forward, turn to God for direction. Sometimes we are placed in situations where we don’t know what to do because God wants to talk to us about the situation. And sometimes it is because it’s time for our faith to grow. Your faith was never intended to remain stagnant. It must grow and in order to grow it must be tested.

How do I build my faith?

You build your faith by trusting God. We must remember there is NOTHING too big for God to handle. There is NOTHING He can’t guide you through but you must ask. God is a gentleman and He will never impose on your space or your judgement. If you present yourself as knowing, He will let you “know”. Remember fear only presents itself in the unknown. So if you find yourself fearful maybe it’s because you really don’t know. When you don’t know, seek the one that created you. He has all the answers. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be given unto you. Matthew 6:33

Until next time,

Tina