Jul. 7, 2022

F.A.I.T.H VS F.E.A.R

F.A.I.T.H vs F.E.A.R
Forwarding all issues to heaven
Forget everything and run

Habakkuk 2:4 (AKJV)...the just shall live by faith.
Isaiah 41:10 (AMPC) Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

Reviewing the basic concepts of biblical Christianity. Someone explained that the acronym F.A.I.T.H stands for Forwarding all issues to heaven. Faith is the metal on which Christian character is forged. The whole chapter 11 of Hebrews A.K.A the hall of Faith reveals that Faith is the foundation for Christianity. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6 KJV. Faith is the thread on which the fabric of Christianity is woven. Christ said that if you have faith as a mustard seed you can move mountains (Mark 11:22 paraphrased). It takes faith to become believers in the gospel of Christ. God has imparted to us the faith to believe. I have said before, there is in the heart of man a God shaped vacuum which only a relationship with Christ can fill. Faith in God is what helps us cope with the challenges of life.  People have written volumes on this topic. In the interest of being concise I refer you to Hebrews 11.

Fear on the other hand is contrary to faith. There are multitudes of times in the Bible where God says fear not. The acronym for F.E.A.R is forget everything and run.  Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God. My pastor emphasized that there is no armor for the back. There are the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit and gospel shoes. We are not to turn back and run in our battle of life.  That is when we get hit by the enemy's arrows of doubt, discouragement and despair. There is no covering for our back. We are not to beat a hasty retreat in the battle for our soul. Jesus said the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12 (KJV). We are to be on the offensive in contrast to being on the defensive. In closing, use the faith God has given you to drive away the fear that the enemy uses to oppress and afflict your soul. You are more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens you. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The battle is the Lord's. Amen.