Faith vs. Fear

In the absence of faith in one’s life, there is the presence of fear. Fear takes its opportunity whenever there is an open door for it to act, causing great harm as in self-destruction. Fear is the carrier of other spirits, as in anxiety, worries, depression and panic attacks. These are spirits attached to the spirit of fear. An example of it, we see in the life of Judas after his betrayal of YAHSHUA. He then became the victim of the spirit of fear through guilt, and ultimately it killed him by way of suicide. A waisted life, it would have been better for him not to have been born! 

Faith carries a smile that lasts all through the storm; a heart filled with faith, is naturally a calm heart- “It is well with my soul” was the tittle of a song written many years ago as a result of tragedies. That was a true sign of active faith in the writer’s life. Faith was also demonstrated in the life of a Shunamite woman, when at the death of her only son, her song was, “It is well with my soul.” Her faith sparkled in those days; God saw and rewarded her by giving her son back to her. There is joy in the presence of those whose faith is applied in times of trouble. Fear has no chance when faith is present. Faith and fear cannot co-exist. It is either one or the other. A constant battle rages in the soul of man for predominance. Faith offering hope and fear offering torment. However, fear in its normal action, is the one that manifests itself first at the onset of tragedy. Nothing wrong here, for the nervous system is divided into two branches: the parasympathetic nervous system -the rest and digest system, and the sympathetic nervous system -the fight-or-flight system. So, when we are confronted with overwhelming danger, or tragedy, fear kicks the fight-or-flight response into overdrive, then the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline which is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism, preparing muscles for exertion. As a result, blood flow decreases to the brain’s frontal lobe, which is responsible for logical thinking and planning. That’s what fear does to the physical body; to the soul, it is devasting in the emotional and mental sides of the soul, when faith is not present to bring about logic and reason to the understanding. Continuous activity of fear in our life, will lead the body to respond with physical, emotional, and mental diseases. Fear, the Bible says, has to do with torment; it happens when we are not made perfect in God’s love (I John 4:18).

Where faith abides, there will be trust, peace and joy, because the heart is in tune with God. It will be by faith that we will be led to victory at the end of our battles.

Even in the presence of circumstances which activate fear, it is important to realize that we are not alone; God is with us -Emanuel. David said, Though, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. What a comfort, what a joy to believe that! It is truly a blow to the spirit of fear; it is as if it is been kicked out of the door. The Bible says, Fret not! (Even when all is fretting), by faith trust in the Lord; He will bring (whatever we are going through) to pass. Fret not because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass; those who wait, hope and look for the Lord shall inherit the earth (Ps. 37). Faith transports those who live by it to God’s shelter, where fear has no access. Where faith abides, there will be trust, peace and joy, because the heart is in tune with God. It will be by faith that we will be led to victory at the end of our battles.

Declaring to have fear, confirms and welcomes it to stay in control of our emotions and our mind.  From the nervous system to the gastrointestinal system and many in between, not forgetting the psychological in which the mind is altered, fear, followed by anxiety, will make sure that their control of the mind and emotion is completely devasting and destructive. When we are controlled by fear, we are not receiving the love of God, as the Apostle John wrote. Non-confessed sins bring out guilt and that opens the door to fear. David acknowledged it by saying, When I kept silence, my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer(kidneys). I acknowledged my sin to You and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord then You forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin (Ps. 32:3-5).

Remember that there is no sin so great that the blood of YAHSHUA cannot cleanse its guilt, even when we have difficulty forgiving ourselves. There is nothing more important for the mind than to be free from guilt and subsequently from fear. Non-confessed sins are a trap to our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. The Bible says, If we confess our sins He (YAHSHUA) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). Acknowledging our sins to God is an act of faith, while keeping silent about them, is an act of fear. Seek peace, my friend; let God surround you with songs of deliverance; rejoice in your freedom, let faith take you up to God’s place of refuge, away from the power of fear. Choose faith, for it is the only way to victory!

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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