The Subtleties of Fear & Workings of Faith
We pump our fists in the air and declare, "We will not be afraid, we will not be afraid!” We think our declarations have squashed our fears. Yet, we haven’t actually identified and confronted the voice of fear that is holding us back, we only sense its looming presence. There are obvious fears such as, fear of heights, or spiders or snakes, but those aren't the things I am talking about. I am talking about the subtle fear-invoking lies that keep us trapped where we are, or worse, take us down an entirely wrong path. Fear of the unknown will cause us not to take risks or make bold moves. Fear of failure will keep us from trying one more time, fear of rejection and being hurt relationally will keep us from the very people God wants to use to bring breakthrough in our lives.
In the kingdom, the opposite of fear is faith. Faith is the currency of heaven; you can say that it is heaven's economical resource. We need money in the natural to purchase food, clothing and shelter. In heaven's economy we purchase what we need with the currency of faith. We purchase inheritance by faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek him.” Did you get that? Without faith it is impossible to please Him?! The scripture then goes on to tell us about heroes of the faith like Noah who, by faith, was obedient by heeding a warning from God that he had not yet seen with his own eyes. Then there was Abraham who up and left the only land he knew in obedience, “and he went out, not knowing where he was going (v.8).” The Bible tells us of so many others like Joseph, Moses, and Joshua, to name a few. Joshua had to choose to trust the voice of God and resist what could have been a voice of fear that would have sought to hold him back and keep him from inheriting land that God had promised to the people of Israel. Instead, he exercised his faith by believing God when he said, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).” We too must be a people who confront fear and overcome by exercising our faith. It is then that we will begin to step into spiritual inheritance.
There will be times when what we are experiencing in the natural will not line up with what we are hearing and seeing in the spirit. It is those times that we have to choose to exercise our faith, abandon our fear, and place a greater level of trust in the One who desires to bestow rewards on us for our obedience. Faith is spelled R-I-S-K and if we are to see the more of God in our lives then it is time to take some much needed risk!
“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.” Hebrews 11:32-34