Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fear vs. faith

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Genesis 15:1-18

TO CHEW ON: “Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Genesis 15:5-6

Following hard on the heels of yesterday’s reading about thoughts we should cultivate is today’s example of Abram. Abram and his wife Sarai were childless when God came to him with a promise of innumerable descendants.

Despite what it looked like, Abram believed this would happen – believed to the extent that God, Who saw into his deepest heart, “accounted it to him as righteousness.” What we believe has everything to do with our thoughts. Here Abram gave mental assent to God’s promise despite how circumstances pointed to the contrary.

Are there things in your life that are at odds with God’s promises to you? Are you reacting to those circumstances with worry, anxiety, fear, and confusion instead of faith? Joyce Meyer in her article “Where the Mind Gods the Man Follows” says:

“I like to think of our inner life as a house made of thoughts that is constantly being built. It is within these ‘walls’ of our thinking that each of us lives. Every thought we accept is like another brick in the wall of the house we are building….

Our minds are just like computers – we can only get out of them what we put into them. When I first began walking with God, my mind needed major reprogramming. Much of my thinking was contrary to the Word, and it needed to be changed. Romans 12:2 says, ‘Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind ]by its ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’

[…] One of the greatest weapons that you and I have is the truth of God’s Word. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, ‘For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood] but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ.’ If we don’t lead wrong thoughts away captive, the wrong thoughts will lead us away captive.” – Joyce Meyer (read entire article).

If there is something over which you fret because of the way the situation looks, try this. In one column write down your worry. In a column beside it write what God’s word says about it. Now every time thoughts of anxiety, fear, worry, and confusion come into your mind about this thing, counter them with God’s promise to you.

Do this with day-to-day worries like:

- Flu is going around and I fear for the safety of my family - versus Psalm 91

to big life-direction issues:

- I’m afraid I’ll miss God’s will for my life – versus Isaiah 30:21

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me establish the discipline of replacing fear and unbelief thoughts with faith thoughts from Your word. Amen.

MORE: Twila Paris sings The Warrior is a Child / Do I Trust You


  1. Practical post, Violet. I like this columns idea. I've been thinking a lot lately about these things we accept as true without even being aware that we're doing it -- or that by doing it we're sometimes believing that God is not true.

    Comes back to Proverbs 3:5-6 and also "Walk by faith, not by sight," doesn't it?

  2. Thanks, Janet. The Proverbs verse you mention is one of my faves. As always, I am lecturing to myself more than anyone else. It's easy to give advice, now to consistently take it!


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