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FAITH OVER FEAR
Series by Jen Miller, a.k.a. "Sara"

How To: Truth 1

God will press, press, press within me a Biblical mantra that He wants me to 'get' -
not just as a concept in my head, but as a reality in my day-to-day living.  Recently,
the mantra has been "faith over fear."  He also presses, presses, presses me to
continually pour like water into others whatever mantra He's pouring into me. We
can see how sharing with others is part of getting "faith over fear."

I've been extraordinarily fearful recently, due to various circumstances punching
me in the gut, unexpectedly.  Aren't most gut-wrenching circumstances in life
unexpected?  Out of left field?  Knocking the breath out of us?  Knocking us down?
Rendering us to our knees, pleading with God?

Does the "other shoe dropping" ever end?  Not in this life.

As I've been pondering the concept of LIVING in faith over fear, "getting it" from my
head into my lifestyle and sharing it with others, I've had to ask "How?"  How does
one embrace within the ugly realities of this life"faith over fear?"  Faith over fear is
certainly a repeated, Biblical concept and commandment throughout scripture, and
God doesn't give us a directive without also giving us the "how to":

Truth 1: We can't do it alone.  We can't embrace faith over fear by ourselves - alone.

A single strand may be strong in and of itself to a certain degree, but it can easily
be cut in two - divided, broken.  God is all about unity and against division.  There
are many references and examples in His Word pointing to His principle of unity
with others, and we in unity with Him - all together.

I considered how many single strands it takes to weave a single braid. Only three.
Three.  Of the three, there's always a center strand that the other two must wrap
around (embrace tightly), to create a strong braid.

To make faith greater than our fears, we must have at least one other adult, mature
believer in our life who is committed to walk this difficult life journey with us, and
together be committed to making GOD, through Jesus Christ, the CENTER strand.

When we weave three strands together into a braid, the single strands are no
longer easily cut, no longer easily divided, because they are interwoven together,
creating "one" tough cookie (cord)! This is why He says in Ecclesiastes 4:12
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves."  But He
continues in this verse by adding:  "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Together, with God as the CENTER, we can press through our individual and
collective fears with true FAITH.  Faith in Him, through Him, by Him... wrapped up
tightly and powerfully in the principles and promises of His Word. "For God did not
give us a spirit of fear [timidity], but a spirit of POWER, of LOVE and of a SOUND
MIND
[self-discipline]." 2 Timothy 1:7.

Thank you, God!  Thank you for others who love me just as I am, for others who
commit to walking this too-often scary life journey with me, and with YOU as the
Center.  Help us not simply to be satisfied with getting the concepts of the unity
of three cords and faith over fear, but strive for LIVING as a cord of three, wrapped
tightly around YOU.

Truth 2
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