When Fear Erodes Faith
Have you ever received bad news and leaped into fearful thoughts, words, or actions? When we learn of hard things happening in the lives of those we love, it can grab the heart and we can easily react in fear or anger. We don’t want those we love to suffer. We need to remember that the enemy of souls will use our weaknesses, fears, and doubts against us. When we allow emotions like these to run freely, they build up walls of “fear material”. Fear erodes faith and peace like battery acid on a Saltine Cracker.
Worry is always fueled by fear and is a block to hearing the Father’s voice. And let’s be honest – when we worry, we are not trusting God. In fact, we can’t even see or hear God when we move into worry. He is not in the equation at all when our thoughts are focused on what we fear.
The negative emotions can even move us to offer prayers fueled by fears, we can “pray without ceasing” without listening! “Lord, what can I say? What can I do to help? They are hurting! How can I help, protect, or provide? Father God, what are you doing? Don’t you see what’s happening?” These are worry-prayers, not faith-prayers!
We need to crash-land into a place of realizing our own powerlessness to be still, let go, and trust God to work. After all, He is God with unlimited vision, understanding, and power and able to do far more than we can.
Fear and worry should remind us how small we are and urge us to make an immediate turn towards God, but when our focus is on anything other than Him, then those fretful emotions grow larger than life. When we believe we can rescue or change a situation for someone we can feel powerful. We may think we have the answer someone needs, but how can we when fear is the motivator?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Like a lip reader who gets distracted and then cannot translate what is being said to the deaf, so are we. When we see something is wrong and move into fear, we are in the worst position to help because we have walked away from God’s presence and cannot hear what to pray, say, or do. It’s a scientific fact that when we allow ourselves to operate in fear, we create chaos and havoc in our brains (Dr. Caroline Leaf). That’s not a good place for making decisions!
God speaks in a still, small voice and the only way to hear it is to be near Him. When we release our concerns, not in denial but in dependence on God, it opens our ears to hear His guidance. When our focus shifts to God, we begin to sense His grace and peace and only then can we let Him direct our thoughts, words, and actions of help. He is not a God of fear and we are made in His image, so let us remember to stop and turn to Him in prayer before moving in fearful action.
Loads of grace and peace,
From the desk by the window on a sunny spring day, drawing in close ’cause I don’t want to miss a single word He says.
(c) April 10, 2017 – Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC
Quote by Shirley Weaver Ministries, A Clear Trumpet www.acleartrumpet.org
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