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Fear Verses Faith

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fear and faith cannot both be in operation at the same time! If fear is present faith isn't.

II Timothy 1:7 NKJV For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

When fear is present the mind is clouded and foggy. But God says that He didn't give us a spirit of fear, but one of the things that He did give us was a sound mind.

Sound mind - Greek word sophronismos - A combination of good judgment, disciplined though patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

When fear comes the mind loses all perspective of what is taking place and goes immediately to the worst case scenario. The devil plays off of our fears and weaknesses. He looks for loopholes to get a foothold in our lives. But faith sends fear away. If faith is present fear can't stay. The mind becomes disciplined and self-controlled, good judgment and optimism of the future comes to the forefront. Hope takes the place of fear and God becomes bigger than our fears.

Will fear push God to the side in your life this morning? Or will faith takes its place and exalt the name of Jesus above all others. Fear is a name and it is under the name of Jesus!

Father, I thank You that I do not have to fear what lies ahead for You go before me into every situation. I thank You for your power within me is greater than the one who is in the world. Father, I pray for those this morning who may be afraid of what is happening in their lives. I ask You to reveal Your greatness to them and give them faith in the place of fear. Father, I thank You for giving each one of us a measure of faith to meet the obstacles that lie ahead of us. I pray that we will each one exercise our faith to believe, beginning with the small things and working up to the big things in our lives. Father, You've said that when we speak with our faith that even though its just the size of a mustard seed that it can move trees and pull them up by the roots and plant them in the sea. Father, may we take that little faith that we might have in what is happening in our lives and use it to effect change! Thank You for Your Spirit's power and ability within us that does exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or imagine! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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  • MZLADY77
    thank you for sharing! There was the time when I feel my fear will rise up in me. I will always quote the scriptures about I do not have spirit of fear, but power, but love and a sound mind...I shall tread upon the serpent and scorpions and above the power of the enemies, NOTHING SHALL HURT ME! God bless you and I love your blog emoticon emoticon
    1698 days ago
    Perfect love cast out fear! Oh that we would see when Christ dwells in us through the presence of the Holy Spirit, we have all that we need to be content. Fear is Satan's attacks that come to our mind. We must fight that battle in the mind with the powerful of Christ before it spills over into other areas of our lives.
    Thank you Avanell, you always speak truth that the Holy Spirit can apply to 0ur hearts.

    1698 days ago
    emoticon Love It!!!

    Beautiful Teaching! I HAVE THE FAITH of GOD!!! I'm A TRUE fear free teacher and I remind others that FEAR is NOT from God. Your teaching is a BLESSING to us and those who NEED to know. Thanks for sharing God's WORD always. This site is being SATURATED with TRUTH from ALL sides!!!
    Be Blessed!
    1699 days ago
    He leads me all the way.
    1700 days ago
    Thank you Avanell for a great lesson and prayer. I am learning to have trust and fear circumstances, knowing that God is with me to help me through. You made a good reminder and I cherish your messages. Thank you for the goodie and note you sent me. Hope you had a blessed Sunday. I spent time in the Hospital with my mother so am late in reading. Mom has congestive heart failure. emoticon
    1701 days ago
    Faith the size of a mustard seed can uproot not just trees but mountains! Jesus said so!

    Thank you for the reminder. You make a good point - as always.

    God bless you.
    1701 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    I choose never again to live in fear. I want Scripture to be seared into my mind and to run to the Lord to pray and rest in His promises. I am so thankful that I never have to live in fear again. No matter what happens, I am a child of God, and nothing can seperate me from the love of God.
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  • JOANIE69
    Amen Avanell. I loved this message too.
    (Thanks for giving me a goodie yesterday!)
    Blessings. Joanie
    1701 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your blog. When you have fear and pray to God, He does indeed take that fear away!
    1701 days ago
    Thank you Avanell for this blog! Sometimes I become so fearful and I hear the voices telling me this is going to happen or that. Then my overall demeanor changes then I feel like I want to go into a fetal position then SUDDENLY I cry out to my Father and He calms those fears just as He did the wind and the waves.....I know the ending of the story and there will still be some pain, some uncertainty for the future, road blocks and I will become fearful. It is just that I know what I know and I pray to Him and He shifts the atmosphere and I so glad that He will....

    God bless you all this beautiful Sunday morning!!

    In His Love,

    1701 days ago
    emoticon So very true, Avanell! What so many people do not know is that Satan can operate on fear the way that God operates on faith! There is such a difference in one's life when you learn to pray and speak in faith in the Lord, and not in fear!
    1701 days ago
    I thank you for the note and goodie yesterday, Avanell.

    I thank God for leaving me Psalm 23 and the Lord's Prayer that through His mercy I learned in childhood and still retain to this day. God willing that will forever remain that I can speak out loud at any fearful situation that comes at me.

    Our Father, this holy day we implore You to remember us, and more importantly that we remember You. We thank You for the Son and Spirit which was revealed to us, and we pray that all we meet maybe to taught in the same manner as we were. Forbid fear to push aside a new beginning, a rebirth, a baptism, a salvation and any other hindrance on earth, in Christ Jesus' Name. Amen

    1701 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Yupper!! If you pray, why worry?
    If you worry, why pray?
    1701 days ago
    Amen !! thank you
    1701 days ago
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