Faith or Fear: A Daily Choice of Life
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
Each day we are faced with our faith or lack thereof, choices to be rattled by what appears to be in life, or to stand fast with the knowledge that God is always with us, to remain faithful, especially in the face of adversity.
Jesus came to show, first the Jew and then the gentile how to live life, how to walk with God, as one, using the word of God to call things which were not as though they were, saying we would do the works that he does if we believe on him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it,
If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:12-15
So then, if in fact we believe the scriptures, there is only one available choice for the believer. If I want to live righteously, then the choice is to turn from fear and live by faith, not by sight.
For we walk by faith, not by sight: 2 Corinthians 5:7
Then the scriptures explain a little more about the unseen realm where we must do our spiritual work.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Knowing this, that what appears to be is only that, we are armed with the knowledge that God is always with us, even Christ, who is our advocate, is available to cast out any fear.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; 1John 4:18
Since God is love, as stated in 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. And God is light, which is stated in 1 John 1:5, then we too know we must be filled with this love to truly walk as one. Then our heart will not be condemned causing us to be ineffective, contrarily, we are told that we will have the petitions that we desired, that is, our prayers will be answered.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us;
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 1 John 5:13-15
This is a really big deal which may explain why John also wrote about this a couple of pages earlier.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
And whatsoever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:20-22
Therefore, being justified by faith, with a new understanding of who we are, we should walk by faith, doing as the word says, Fear not! Glory to God, this changes everything once you are in walking in God/Christ and they in us!
Jesus came filled with power, showing us how to access the kingdom of God by faith. He walked as one with the Father and prayed we too, be one.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: (us)
That they all may be one as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou has sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one;
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:20-23
Until next time, may we all walk as one, filled with the power and love of God. May you remember who you are when faced with the daily choice of faith or fear and choose faith. Glory to God! Be blessed! Light and love to all!