Acting in Fear or Faith?

A Safe Harbor is Jesus

When faced with serious challenge, what is your first response? Do you run from the situation with fear in your heart, or do you stand and face the enemy with the shield of faith? God wants us to stand firm in our faith. He has promised to contend with those who contend with us (Psalm 18). Therefore, we can face each situation with confidence and power knowing that He is with us and He is in control. Have a wonderful day as you pray and ask God to help you  reject fear and embrace faith.

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And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  ~ Matthew 14:31

God provides the wisdom you need for the challenge, the strength you need to do what seems to be impossible, and the protection you need from the enemy’s wicked plots…

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Frustration? Relief in the Word

Here are five simple steps for dealing with frustrations in your life.

1. Ask yourself, “Did I cause it?” The Bible says, “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7 NIV). Many things in life frustrate us because we brought them on ourselves. We don’t have anybody else to blame.

It’s frustrating to run out of gas on a trip. But if you didn’t stop to get gas before you left, or decided to push your luck, who’s to blame?

2. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from it?” Use the irritation as an opportunity to grow in character and become more like Christ.

How does God produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life?

He places you in the opposite situation. If God wants to teach you love, He will put you around unlovely people. If God wants to teach you peace, He will put you in a situation of total chaos so you can have inner peace.

Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good” (NIV). There are many bad things in the world, but all things work together and even the negative God can turn into a positive if we will let Him.

3. Thank God in the situation.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks” (NIV). You don’t have to be thankful for a bad situation. But you can be thankful in a bad situation. That frustration, that irritation, that inconvenience, that interruption, may be a blessing or an opportunity in disguise.

The Apostle Paul wanted to go to Rome to preach, but God took him to Rome to be in prison and write the letters that formed the New Testament. Paul was frustrated but God saw it as an opportunity to make him sit still long enough to write the Bible.

4. Turn the frustration into a funny, humorous event.

The Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22 NIV). A sense of humour is God’s antidote for anger and frustration.

5. Ask God to fill you with His love. Why?

Because 1 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love is not easily angered” (NIV). Love is self-giving, not self-serving. We get irritated because we think everyone and everything has to revolve around us. Love concentrates on the other person.

Jesus faced constant frustrations in his life, but he always made time for people. We get so preoccupied with our own things; we forget that people are the priority in life.

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Jesus will give you rest!

Does your soul need refreshing today? Then come to the Jesus. Are you overburdened by the cares of this world? Are you facing challenges in your relationships? Finances? Career? Jesus wants to refresh you. So come to Him with all your burdens and leave them at His feet, and He will give you rest.
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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will ease and relieve and refresh your soul.” ~ Matthew 11:28

Jesus wants to cause you to rest. Think about that for a moment. What would cause you to rest? If you knew everything was going to work out for your good, you would stop worrying. You would rest! Even if things don’t work out the way you planned, or on your timetable, you can trust that God will turn things around in your favor. When you submit your life to Him, by the blood of Jesus, and truly make Him Lord and Ruler of every area of your life, you will find rest for your soul! Come to the Father today in prayer and with thanksgiving.

Thank Him right now for taking your burdens and giving you peace. Thank Him for loving you today and giving you new life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Go out today with an attitude of faith and expectancy because God is working behind the scenes on your behalf—and you can come to Him!

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Acting in Fear or Faith?

When faced with serious challenge, what is your first response? Do you run from the situation with fear in your heart, or do you stand and face the enemy with the shield of faith? God wants us to stand firm in our faith. He has promised to contend with those who contend with us (Psalm 18). Therefore, we can face each situation with confidence and power knowing that He is with us and He is in control. Have a wonderful day as you pray and ask God to help you  reject fear and embrace faith.

strengthjesus hand

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  ~ Matthew 14:31

God provides the wisdom you need for the challenge, the strength you need to do what seems to be impossible, and the protection you need from the enemy’s wicked plots and schemes. You never have a reason to feel fearful, because as a believer you are God’s beloved, and He will fight for you.

Matthew 14 relates a story where the disciples had to face their greatest fear—loss of control on an open, storm-driven sea. Scripture tells us that Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him across the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:22).

The Lord did not make a suggestion to His disciples; He told them to go. Jesus knew His disciples would encounter a great storm and their faith would be tried. When He came to them walking on a storm-tossed sea, they thought He was a ghost.

Let me encourage you to not allow fearful thoughts to keep you from seeing our Savior. Fill up on the truth, God’s written promises to us in the Bible. For every fear factor, find a biblical promise that counters the lie and make that deceitful thought “obedient to Christ.” Now instead of being driven by worry and fear, you’ll start walking in faith. And as you walk in faith – which pleases God and gets results – you’ll experience peace, joy and spiritual victory. Now that’s how we live the victorious life.

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Be strong and Courageous!

God knows there are things to make us afraid, but the challenge remains and the command remains to not be discouraged and to not be afraid!  Furthermore, I have a feeling the times when our fear is greatest are instances where we need to rely on His perfect strength even more. Let me remind you as a believer that God is with you whether you’re strong or weak. He never leaves your side. Today and everyday ask Him to help you to trust His promises, experience His presence, and feel His love.

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“I command you…be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 NLT

Yes, God promises to care for us. At the same time, He never promised we wouldn’t face adversity. Christ warned, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV). You and I experience Christ’s peace when we realize that peace isn’t the absence of pressure. It’s the presence of God in the midst of our chaos.

As the pressure of stress and worry weigh on us, it’s easy to forget or ignore God’s peace. Often times it’s us who distance ourselves from God—not the other way around. But when you and I quiet ourselves and acknowledge God’s presence, peace washes over our anxieties. The truth is God is always near in times of trouble and He cares deeply about our pain.

You and I do not have a God who doesn’t understand our pain and emotions. He knows. According to dictionary.com the Hebrew word for “to know” is “yada.” In Greek, it is “yada” which means “a deep emotional experience; a bonding between two people when one truly feels the emotions of the other.” That’s our God, friends! He may be working for a higher purpose  that we can’t understand right now, but He is NOT detached from our pain. Let this truth calm your fears and soothe your heart. God knows; He’s been there and He’s there still.

Often the trials we mourn are really gateways to the good things we long for, like a deeper relationship with God, greater patience, and a compassion for others. Whatever God’s plan is, we can rest assured it’s a good one. While we wade through the process, we have His promised presence, provision, and understanding. “It is God with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.”

Respond by Faith!

When Christians activate their faith through the Word of God, it gives them the power to see the miraculous take place in the physical realm. Paul tells us in Romans 12:3 that God has given the measure of faith to everyone. All we have to do is learn how to release or activate our faith so that it works in our lives, especially when we face a difficult or seemingly impossible situation. Have a wonderful day responding by faith to whatever happens.

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Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20

In the scripture for today’s word, Jesus teaches us how to release our faith so that it can work on our behalf to bring about the things that we need. Jesus told the disciples that if they had faith, they could say what they wanted to see come to pass, and then they would have it. This means that we are to speak those things that we have the faith for; and then we should expect to receive what we have spoken. Our mouths have the ability to create… this is especially true when we confess with our mouth based on what we believe in our heart.

When we choose to respond to a negative report or a bad situation in faith, we are empowered to move forward to victory over the enemy that has attacked us. In other words, faith will help us walk “out of” problems that might otherwise try to hold us captive. Instead of accepting an evil report as the final word for this season of our lives, we must choose to stand on God’s Word in faith and trust in God’s plan to bring us through victoriously.

If you’ve hit a seemingly impossible situation, and everything in your soul is telling you that it won’t pass, then make a conscious decision to stand by faith. Many Christians are living in bondage to past situations simply because they don’t know how to “choose to respond” by faith and walk out of the pit of hopelessness.

Do you need to walk out of a pit today? If so, get in God’s Word and find a promise that “fits” your particular battle. Then stand on that promise as the only option and the final word for your life until your faith becomes sight. Use your faith to help you keep a good attitude and a right-perspective on the battle that you’re facing. See yourself as more than a conqueror through Christ, you will be more than a conqueror. Faith works, but you have to work it!

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