Faith and fear.
Faith and fear both work. Fear causes you to run away, but faith causes you to run towards the challenge.
It’s funny how fear can stop you getting to where you are supposed to be and yet faith can cause you to triumph. Just look at the story of David and Goliath (see 1 Samuel 17). Goliath was all that stood between Israel and the plans God had for them. Yet this one man, Goliath, used fear as a weapon to keep a whole nation paralysed. If you look at the story, no battle actually took place, it was all about the enemies fear and intimidation tactics that caused the soldiers not to advance. What Israel saw and heard kept them defeated.
So how come David saw victory when everyone else saw defeat? After all, the size of Goliath and his threats never changed when David came along. So what was the difference? I believe the difference was this. David saw and heard a different outcome. Where everyone else saw certain defeat, David saw an opportunity for his God to come through again. David was not intimidated by a giant. All those moments of fighting bears and lions had prepared him to take on a giant. If his God was with him defeating bears, He would be with him defeating giants. He had a revelation of the covenant he had with God if God was for him, who could be against him.
Just like David and the Israelites, so too will we face giants in our lives from time to time.These giants may come in the form of a sickness, worry, a challenging situation, financial issues and more. But the way we respond to these trials are crucial. Are we going to allow those challenges to keep us captivated by fear, or are we going to fix our eyes on Jesus and see the deliverance of the Lord? Let’s be like David and know that if God is for us, then no giant can stand in our way very long. We are people of the covenant and God will show us what to do and how to defeat any giant that comes across our path. Sometimes a situation may shout at us so to speak but we need to not be afraid or intimidated because God will deliver us from every form of evil.
Yes, we will all come up against difficulties sometimes, but let’s make sure we run towards the challenges by faith and not run from them in fear. I encourage you to keep your eyes and ears focused on God and His word. Remember that those for us are greater than those against us (see 2 Kings 6:16). God has our backs and he will always deliver us and keep His promises.
Faith and fear both work, let’s make sure we are activating the right one in our lives.
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