#7 of 10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge
Make a conscious decision to resist fear, and stand strong in faith.
Fear is the opposite of trust.
“Quiet trust in God prompts courage.” (Charles Swindoll)
I don’t know about you, but I tend to run from the insecurity and fear of the unknown ahead of me. I fear what may be unpleasant about what I can’t see. But that’s a trick of the devil… don’t fall for it! He has everything to gain when we fear and lack faith in our mighty God.
Hillsong United says it like this,
“Fear must have thought I was faithless when it came for my heart.”
“Fear is just a liar running out of breath.”
“I’ll sing the night into the morning, I’ll sing the fear into Your praise,
my soul into your praise… whenever I say Your name, Jesus!”
Lisa Bevere compares fear to God’s love, “Fear is a spiritual force in direct opposition to God’s love and protection in our lives. It is the opposite of love, for both love and fear operate from belief in the unseen. Love challenges us to doubt what we see and believe for what we cannot. Fear urges us to believe what is seen and doubt the unseen. When faced with the fear of failure or the hope of love, we can choose to believe one or the other, but never both. Fear displaces love; love casts out fear.”
…Perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. (1 John 4:18–19)
So, what am I afraid of?
I’m being very transparent here. I struggle with fear of the “bad guys”, the drug cartels and gangs where I live in Mexico. A few months ago, I stopped reading the English news in Mexico because I realized I was becoming more fearful everyday. It’s so different than living in the U.S., because a large part of society in Mexico is corrupt and living for any money they can get their hands on, regardless of who it hurts. I’m learning that this includes police. So traveling on the highways scares me, though I try hard to trust in the Lord to protect us.
But then the Lord reminds me, I’m not faithless! The Holy Spirit dwells within me. And because of that, His perfect love casts out all my fear! So I’ll sing this fear into His praise!
When I forget about LOVE, His love inside me, I fear. That love challenges me to doubt what I see and allow that love to cast out fear.
All I have to do is look at these photos of some of the children and their families that we minister to in Mexico on a regular basis. They remind me of the Holy Spirit’s love inside me. And that is the reason why God called me to live in, and love the people of, Mexico!
Is there something that you are you afraid of?
LOVE WINS! Let’s allow God’s love to win!