Got Fear?

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Got fear?  Think that means you’re faith is inferior?  Guess what?  Having real faith is not the same as absence of fear.  In fact, being fearless could be a sign of a mental/emotional disorder.

Some people think, “The purer the faith, the less the fear.”  Having no fear is what some people think is proof that they’re growing in faith.  But…it just ain’t so Joe.

Psalm 56:3 says, “What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in thee.”

Like water is wet and sugar is sweet, in the normal human experience, fear is a part of the faith journey.  In a sense, be okay with it.  Don’t let fear freak you out.  Stop denying it’s presence with the mantra, “I’m not afraid…I’m not afraid…I’m not afraid.”  That’s not faith.  What that is is a distorted application of what some call, “the confession of faith.”  Repeating the words, “I’m not afraid,” is a false confession.  It’s a lie, if – in fact – you’re feeling fear.

To tell you the truth, too many faith folks have injected their spiritual veins with superstition…and called it faith. 

Faith is not denying anything that’s really there or happening.  Faith is putting one’s trust in God’s Word.  In the face of fear, making your “final answer” what God says to expect from Him.  That’s the confession of faith.

Romans 4:17, “Calling those things that be not as though they are”  That’s what it Paul told the Romans about faith.  Notice it does not say, “Calling those things that are as though they are not.”

What’s the bottom line here?  I’m intentionally putting my trust in God with my mouth.  I’m also experiencing fear tremors, at times.  Some more than others.  But, I also know that’s part of the journey and doesn’t indicate I have a lack of faith.  I want you to realize the same thing.

“What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” 

Gary