Fear or Faith, Which are You Going to Choose?

I want to talk to you about the importance of the Word of God in your life again today.

This morning I woke up in a bit of distress. I was thinking about all that is facing me; the message I need to develop for this upcoming Sunday – which has become much more challenging because of the times we are living in, the $3,000 electric bill that we incurred because our solar system hasn’t been working for the past few months and how the solar company isn’t answering their phone; the depression some of my kids are dealing with due to so much loss in their lives due to C19, the cancer my wife is battling, the technological challenges of doing church online and keeping our church family not just surviving but thriving, some relational conflicts in the home between parent and child, sibling rivalries… Do you feel me?

So, what did I do? Well, I know that every day we all have a choice to make. Like one of the pastors in our church, Shelley, said to me this morning, “We have two plates in front of us at any given time, one is fear and one is trust. We all have to decide which one we are going to eat from.”

So, knowing this to be true, I chose to eat some God-food for breakfast. How did I do this? I had to go to the Word of God – and so do you!

I grabbed my Bible and it fell open to Psalm 118:5, 6 NLT “In my distress, I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Here is another one:

Psalm 138:3 “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” NKJ

Both of these things happened for me. Isn’t that a much better way to start the day?

What are some common denominators in these two verses?

1. He cried out to God.

Many of the things you are facing right now are beyond you – beyond your financial resources, emotional strength, or problem- solving wisdom… and that is when you must choose to cry out to God. That is faith. Faith is not just facing your challenge, its calling out to God in the midst of the challenge.

2. God answered him.

God hears your cries, and He will answer! And when He does greater faith comes with it!

Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.”

3. Stronger Faith

In both cases the psalmist was delivered from his fears, his faith was increased, his soul was strengthened (his mind, will, and emotions), and in one translation it says that God “set me in a broad place.” That means God worked out his circumstances so that he was not standing on the unpredictable ground anymore but in a big, wide, solid place.

When life offers you two plates to eat from, fear or faith, which are you going to choose?

“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that is proceeding from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

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