What does the Bible say about faith over fear?
Trust and faith in God is an integral part of Christian life. The Bible is full of stories and affirmations of God’s faithfulness and promises to believers, and it is vital for us to rely on these truths as we face the uncertainties of life. The Bible encourages us to have faith over fear. “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind,” says II Timothy 1:7. By putting our faith in God over our fears, we can experience greater peace and joy.
The Power of Faith
The power of faith is discussed by Jesus in many of his teachings, particularly when He tells His disciples about how the mustard seed can produce an incredibly tall tree. Luke 17:6 says, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” In the same way that faith can move mountains, it can also overpower fear.
It is a simple truth that faith goes a lot further than fear. Having faith eliminates our worries and anxiety as we trust in the Lord regardless of what might be looming ahead of us. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Faith gives us peace and protection as we know that God is always with us, and He will never forsake us.
In addition to helping us turn away from fear, faith can also help to put us in the right frame of mind. Having faith in God means that we can leave our worries behind; we can be reminded that He is the author and perfecter of our faith – He is the one who can save us from our fear.
It takes a great deal of trust and bravery to give into our faith over fear, but it is worth it in the end. We can put our trust in God and be certain that He will not let us down. Jesus says in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Comfort and reassurance come to us in the times of greatest fear if we have faith.
Practical Ways to Overcome Fear With Faith
Fear can be overpowering but having faith can give you the strength and courage to fight it.One of the best ways to stem fear is to meditate on Scripture, reminding yourself of God’s promises and His unfailing love for you. Through this, you can draw nearer to the Lord and find strength in Him.
Focusing on prayer is also invaluable in overcoming fear.Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We can also apply our faith in real-life situations by taking action. Step out of your comfort zone and take some risks in areas that have been shrouded with fear and doubt. As you do, you will be strengthened and more confident in your abilities – and in the Lord.
How Faith Differs From Fear
Faith is different from fear in the sense that faith focuses on an unseen object, an unknown future and something greater than ourselves. In contrast, fear is rooted in an earthly and visible present, a physical and tangible reality.
Often, fear can seem like a tangible thing, it often clings to us like a wet and heavy blanket, bogging us down in its heaviness. Fear is intrusive and distracts us, causing us to miss out on the blessings that God has in store for us. Faith, on the other hand, is the opposite; it gives us courage to keep going and accept the gifts of life.
Fear tells us that we are powerless and that we are on our own. Faith helps us remember that we have God on our side – He has our back no matter what. Faith gives us courage and an assurance that no matter what we face, God will sustain us and protect us from falling into doubt and despair.
How Worry Is Counterproductive In Faith
One of the major obstacles that people face on their path to faith is worry. Worrying causes us to forget our faith and the promises of God – and it ultimately leads to further involving ourselves in fear. We start to focus on what we can do instead of trusting in God’s plan, a surefire way to make our problems worse.
Matthew 6:33-34 says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This passage reminds us to look to God’s promises and to trust in His sovereign plan.
Another source of worry that often plagues us is our fear of failure. However, if we have faith, then we don’t need to fear failure, as everything we do is in the hands of God. He has given us a purpose and has given us the power to achieve it – He will see us through our struggles and difficulties.
Reliance On The Lord In Times Of Trouble
Facing difficult times can be tough, but God has promised that He will never forsake us. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse assures us that even when things seem bleak, we can still trust in the Lord and have faith that He will bring us out the other side.
When we are stuck in a difficult situation, faith is our lifeline. It is what guides us through the tough times and keeps us on the right path as we make our decisions. Where fear might paralyze us with worry, faith can lift us up and help us remember that God is always with us.
Relying on His strength in our times of need helps us to persevere and remain strong in our faith. Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We can rest assured that we will never be alone, and that God will never give up on us despite our worries and fears. Through faith, we can move mountains and overcome even the toughest of circumstances.
A husband of one wife, father of two beautiful girls, laborer of Lord, Jesus Christ, and a servant to God’s His saints. I hope to encourage you by God’s grace. Thank you for stopping by.