Food for FAITH vs Food for FEAR
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
~Feed Your Faith~
¤ Reading the Bible
Reading the Word of God builds faith as the scripture states, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom.10:17).
¤ Mediating on God’s Word
Meditating on scripture further strengthens our understanding of His Word also allowing for powerful revelations.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and he meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:2-3).
¤ Positive Declarations
Many studies have referenced benefits of speaking positively. Today, I urge you to take that one step further; declaring the Word of God over your life and the lives of others. Scripture states, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:28).
¤ Studying Scripture
The Bible is also called the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17) and studying will make you more effective when wielding it.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
The Lord said “Ask and it shall be given to you” (Matt. 7:7). The simple process of asking (not according to selfish means) and receiving builds the muscle of faith.
¤ Praying in the Spirit
“Building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20) sharpens and amplifies your spiritual senses such as your discernment, faith, hearing the voice of God.
¤ Fellowship with Others
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). Being around like-minded individuals will help to bolster your faith especially as testimonies are shared.
‘”Come!’ answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus” (Matt.14:29). Jesse Duplantis explained it like this, “Stay in the boat and you’ll meet disciples; walk on the water and you’ll meet Jesus.”
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I” (Isa. 58:9). Fasting unlocks uncommon miracles, revivals and transformations. Jesus said “this one cometh not out but by prayer and fasting” in Matthew 17:21.
~Starve Your Fears~
Watching horror movies is one of the main door ways by which fear enters our lives.
Speaking negatively does not produce faith and as the Bible states, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). Additionally, Proverbs 18:21 which says, “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” So, avoid all forms of negative speaking.
Worrying, being anxious, over thinking situations also produces fears, hence why the Bible commands; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6).
Exposure to Excessive Violence
One’s exposure to violence also has the tendency to produce uneasiness and fear if we allow our emotions to go unchecked.
Victim of Violent Crime
Being a victim of a violent crime can additionally be a means by which fear may have a grip on our lives.
The way we are brought up can influence the level of faith we have in God and also the amount of fear we may have also. Scripture states that “Bad company ruins good character” (1 Cor. 15:33).
Lack of Knowledge
Ignorance is the source by which fear enters our lives and establishes strongholds. This is why the Bible advises to “be not ignorant of your enemies’ devices” (2 Cor. 2:11). Hosea 4:6 also states, “My people are destroyed by lack of knowledge.”
The primary verse above (that is, 2 Tim. 1:7) states the following:
1. Fear is a spirit &
2. God did not give us
Therefore, if anyone of us struggle with any kind of fear inclusive of fear of heights, insects, public speaking and so on; we have to get rid of it. What we do know is that God gave us 3 things:
All we have to do is pray this prayer today and be rid of every kind of fear once and for all.
Lord Jesus, I confess today that I struggle with fear (state specifically the kind(s) of fear that you struggle with). I am your child and You never gave me this fear, but You gave me power, love and a sound mind. I ask for Your forgiveness for opening the doorway for this fear to have come into my life and I repent now! I ask you Lord Jesus, to expel from within me, every fear right now, in the Name of Jesus! Set me free by the power of Your Blood & demolish every stronghold in Jesus’ Name. I now receive power, love and self control now and forevermore in Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!