Fear impacts a person. When it comes, it can take over your heart, soul and mind. FAITH is the antidote to fear.
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Fear impacts the brain, it is incredibly powerful. In fact, it can even change the very manner in which the brain processes information. The cortex of the brain typically controls our internal risk assessment, helping us to process our surroundings and developing optimal responses. When faced with overwhelming fear, the cortex is paralyzed; and our logical response is replaced by an emotionally-driven “fight or flight” response.
But FAITH — a truly heart-felt faith that God is the one who is in ultimate control — that sort of faith can act as a sort of internal counterbalance. A faith response, rather than a fear response, changes everything.
Today’s verse says BE STRONG IN YOUR FAITH
But where can you find a FAITH that will make a difference?
We are taught that faith comes by hearing the words of Christ. It is Him, speaking His word into our hearts, that calms our fears and gives us His guidance and direction.
FAITH gives insight and direction. As believers in Jesus Christ we walk by faith, and not by sight. That means that we trust Jesus to lead us, and that we follow Him even when the final destination is yet unclear. Our faith empowers us to trust. That trust is critical. God’s words instructs us to trust in the Lord with all our heart, and do not lean on our own understanding. This is especially important when overwhelming fear hits, because our understanding is impacted. When we determine that in all our ways we will reply upon Him, He will make straight our paths and lead us in them.
FAITH is the assurance of the things we hope for, and the conviction that we will receive even the things we cannot yet see. It is like the promise of a faithful bridegroom to his betrothed, that he will forsake all others and give himself only to her. She has not fully seen his faithfulness displayed, but knows within her heart that he can be relied upon to keep his word.
FAITH gives us wisdom. This is especially important when our cortex is unable to provide clear guidance. The scriptures teach us that If anyone lacks wisdom they should ask God IN FAITH. That same promise reminds us He who gives generously to all will certainly give it. After the promise comes a reminder — “But let him ask in faith!”
FAITH gives us the grace to approach even life and death situations from an eternal perspective. The Apostle Paul to his friends in Galatia, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
That is where I want to stand. I want to be able to say — WITH FAITH — “the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”
Because FAITH gives insight.
FAITH gives direction.
FAITH gives assurance.
FAITH gives wisdom.
FAITH gives strength.
FAITH gives us the victory.
FAITH glorifies CHRIST.
And FAITH casts out fear.
So we CAN hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, because He who has promised IS FAITHFUL. Because faith gives us strength, WE CAN BE STRONG IN OUR FAITH.