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FAITH OVER FEAR

By Bekah Clearwater

April 4, 2020

FAITH

———

FEAR


What would it look like to choose faith over fear today? To be the followers of Jesus who chose to look up? We are commanded 365 times in the written word of God, “Fear not!” 365 times for 365 day’s of the year. In other words— a command for every single day of the year. Often we can view commandments from God as rules and regulations only holding us back. But what if we recognized that these commandments are given to us for our good?


Yes, we as humans are prone to fear and so this is a good reminder for us on the daily. But this commandment is also given to us for our freedom. When we choose fear over faith, we may not realize it, but we in turn give fear power over us. This is a commandment for our protection. The daily exhortation to “Fear not!” reminds us that we are slaves to Christ, nothing and no one else.


When we succumb to fear, we give the enemy grounds into our lives that he does not have the right to access. I read a book last year and the author, Sarah E. Ball said, “Fear is misplaced worship.” I think the author hit the nail smack on the head with this statement. When we are afraid our minds are not set on Christ, what He has done for us and what He will do. No, we are worshipping something other. We are setting our gaze on the storm ahead; on the waves crashing into the boat, not on Jesus— our sustainer.


I want to challenge you all today to choose faith over fear! In intentionally practicing this, you will begin to notice that this is no small feat. As you recognize how often fear gets the upper hand in your life, be kind to yourself. Let His grace cover you and allow this to draw you closer to your Lord and Savior— Jesus Christ!


I watched a video by Max Lucado this week that was called, “Why are you Afraid?” In this video Lucado ended his short sermon off with these words,


“Could it be that all that stands between you and courage is a prayer to your Heavenly Father?”


My prayer for you in this season is that you would enter into an intimacy with Jesus unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Remember, He is your compassionate high priest.


“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭


I wrote this poem in November. It was inspired by an analogy I saw of a circle with a little speck in the middle. The circle represents God, all that He is and what He is able to do. The speck in the middle represents our trials, or whatever it is we are going through. The point of the analogy is to reveal to us that often times we can become so focused on the tiny speck in the middle that it becomes bigger than our God. I am trusting the Lord will use this poem in your life to do what only He can do— give you peace! 🖤


MISPLACED WORSHIP


Anxiety—Debilitating

Fear—Crippling

Life—At times overwhelming

In fact— daunting

God—Bigger


In this life, how do we not drowned?

Slow down

Stand your ground

Keep a firm grip on your Master’s hand

Concern yourself only with Abba’s plan


Remember

Shadrach, Meschach, Abed-Nego

In the fiery furnace

Burned?

Scorched?

Smelling of smoke?

None of the above


Left alone?

No


There was a fourth man

In the fire

Who?

The Son of God

Dressed in white—Jesus Christ


“This is the promise”


Boat rocking

Waves crashing

3 words

His presence

And all is calm


“Peace-be-still”


Fear


False

Evidence

Appearing

Real


Jesus—Greater


“Victorious over death”


Courage—One step ahead of fear


Sometimes in leaps

Sometimes in bounds

Sometimes in strides

But always one-step-at-a-time


The devils prowling, yes

But the devils on a leash

God’s got you

He’s got “it”


Yes be aware

But don’t let “it” be your focus

Your worship

Fear God


Keep your gaze transfixed on His glorious face

That is how you run this race


Remember


Face the reality

The truth

Reality—

Two sides

Good,

Evil

Beauty,

Pain

God is bigger

My G-O-D

Is B-I-G


You are not the wave tossed to and fro— no

You are the ocean.