Faith vs. Fear

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me… (Ps. 23:4b).

Faith is the strong pillar that holds and secures us in times of uncertainties. It looks not into circumstances, but above it and ahead of it, to guide and to take us where we must remain standing firmly. It is like the rainbow in the sky pointing to God’s promise of deliverance in every color demonstrated, when times are hard with no seemingly way out. Look up, in times like these, look up and realize that redemption is at its door, that’s the message clear and concise written in the Bible. Looking at the direction where the help will come from, is with certainty a good beginning, when faith, like a ministering angel takes us by the hand leading us to our safety. Faith – Paul called it a spirit. In the letter to the Corinthians, He said, Yet, we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak (II Cor. 4:13). This was in reference to Psalm 116:10. A beautiful psalm, indeed, but like many other psalms, we do not know who wrote it.

The spirit of fear on the other hand, is ever tormenting and causing one to make decisions that reflects the control of it in one’s life. This type of fear is not from God; it is rather from the evil one, with the purpose to control and destroy the mind. It enters the mind through lack of faith and knowledge. Paul tells Timothy, God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7). There is no hope in fear, but dread and guilt. It is voided of love; therefore, it is filled with punishment. Fear looks down and panics, it looks straight at the storm of whatever problem is around and leads to a state of hopelessness with its torment.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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