FAITH over FEAR: Are you living a life of faith or living a life of fear?
It was Les Brown’s It’s Not Over Until You Win! book that helped me recognize how we apply belief to both an optimistic perspective and a pessimistic perspective. I found it interesting because it’s common to automatically think of belief in a positive context. But what he was saying held truth and it changed my outlook.
I understand that both fear and faith are rooted in belief.
I consider fear a feeling whereas faith a conviction. I associate fear with anxiety, impending doom, and being scared. I associate faith with peace, trust, confidence, hope, expectation, and support.
Honestly, it’s hard to separate how the feeling or emotion of each work, other than the outcome. But one thing is certain, fear breeds adverse circumstances and faith breeds favorable outcomes. Over and over again.
[Don’t confuse fear with danger or a warning. And don’t confuse faith with being naive.]
What is fear and where does fear come from? As I mentioned above, fear is a feeling. It’s a feeling of doom and the worst possible case scenario. It often comes from things that make us angry or upset. Things linked to our fear of not being in control. We think nothing will change or we fear the outcome won’t be what it should be. Whether someone has wronged us or a situation has gone wrong, we feel that it’s all downhill moving forward. We assume problems won’t get better and we focus on them getting worse.
This is a deadly cycle. One that prohibits any type of growth or positive change to take place, because fear simply births more fear. Fear comes from the absence of faith.
…because 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. (1 John 4:18 NLT)
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. (AMP)
There is no room in love for fear. (MSG)
Love = trust. Trust = faith.
What we must do is overwhelm fear with faith.
What is faith and how can we produce more of it? One of my favorite bible verses defines faith perfectly.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrew 11:1 NLT)
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. (AMP)
When we know God, we love Him. When we love God, we trust Him. When we trust God, our faith grows.
As opposed to fear, when we choose faith we trust God can change any person and we trust He will make any circumstance better. We’re able to extend grace to anyone and accept setbacks as temporary.
To produce faith it takes patience and prayer. Faith works on the basis that the best possible outcome has already arrived, it just hasn’t manifested in the natural yet. Because it’s already in the works we can rest in peace.
We can confidently move forward knowing there is an end in sight. Our attitudes change, we incline ourselves toward things that are productive, and we propel into everything we desired in the first place. Faith produces more faith.
Choose faith over fear.
I recently watched one of Oprah’s Soul Sunday videos featuring Tony Robbins in which he mentioned there being no such thing as fearlessness because courage isn’t the absence of fear but acting in spite of it.
Here are some quotables that affirm it.
“Courage isn’t the absence of fear. Courage is taking action in spite of our fears.” –Mark Twain
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” –Nelson Mandela
Faith encourages action.
Are you living a life of faith or living a life of fear? What is your default, faith or fear? Let me know by leaving me a comment below or on my Facebook.