Melissa and I took a nice long drive in the country last week.  We needed to get out of the house for awhile and enjoy God’s creation.  We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place as North Carolina.  In addition to enjoying the beauty of the country-side, I also was blessed to see the many small churches scattered about.  It’s a reminder that we still live in “the Bible Belt”.   A good number of the churches had signs with bible scriptures and other words of encouragement. 

Some of them said “have faith and not fear. “ 

In the difficult and uncertain time that we are now living in due to COVID19, there is a fine line between having fear and having enough faith to overcome the fear.  They are closely connected because one will offset and affect the other. Fear and faith cannot live together; they cannot coexist in us.  The Lord has a lot to say in His word about faith and fear.  The word “faith” is used 245 times in the NKJV and the word “believe” is used 178 times.   By contrast, the word “fear” is used 367 times.   However, of those 367 times, 252 times the Lord tells us: “do NOT fear”.   It’s quite obvious that The Lord knows us and how easily fear can take over our thought life and emotions.   That’s why He keeps reminding us in His word: “do not fear.”   When fear starts entering into our minds, we need to make the conscious effort to replace fear with faith.  The best way to do that is finding God’s reassurance in His word: go to your bible.     

A great example of this is in Hebrews 11; commonly referred to as “the faith chapter”.  It begins in vs.1 by describing what faith is and what faith does:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith puts our hope where it belongs: in God.  Faith Is not a blind hope or wishful thinking but a confidence in God and who He is.   Evidence speaks of a conviction that goes beyond intellectual reasoning and physical proof (things not seen).  In other words, believing what you can’t see or even understand.

The author of Hebrews then gives examples of some great and godly men of the Old Testament who demonstrated amazing acts of faith in their lives. People such as Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, and others.  I suggest that you make some time and do a study on each one of these people’s lives. You’ll find that some of them had times of fear and even failure.  But you can see God’s faithfulness every time. Their faith overcame and replaced the fear as they continued to diligently seek God.

Hebrew’s 11:6: “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”  

When fear starts to make its way into your life, focus on The Lord and His promises that are in the bible.   Along with that, pray and ask God to give you a supernatural faith that will overcome your fear.  The Lord knows us, understands us, and is always there to help us. 

“A very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1.

May Jesus bless you all,

Pastor Jim