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

How To: Truth 3

I don't know about you, but FAITH, in and of itself, is tough for me.  Adding fear
moves faith to a new level of tough.  Faith over fear IS tough, necessitating a
steady stream of truth-talk - to God, to other believers, from other believers, and 
to myself.  Self-talking truth.

I've fought my way through oceans of fears and, dog-gone-it, the waves just keep 
on swelling above me and pounding down hard on me, determined to keep me
under and drown me.  But God, in His love and faithfulness, through His Word
and through others (like my sister, Aundi), brings to my mind HIS definition of Faith:

"Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1 (ASV, NASB)

The Apostle Paul declared with conviction and determination about his own faith
over fear, "I KNOW whom I have believed, and am PERSUADED that HE is
ABLE
to KEEP what I have committed [entrusted] to HIM against that day." 
2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV, KJV) 

Now that's some powerful truth-talkin' Paul is doin'! I want what HE'S havin'!

Truth 3 in gaining and maintaining faith over fear is down-right determination
. Conviction. Will. A mind set that I AM going to believe and depend on God's 
truths through the swells and the plummeting of fear that surges through my life
as surely as the tide. 

Truth 3 is that I must choose a determined mind set to think as God thinks rather
than allowing my thoughts to be swept toward my human tendency to think the
worst, fear the worst.  ("As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7)

This determined mind set is what Romans 12:2 is all about:  "Be TRANSFORMED
by the RENEWING of your MIND." 

Truth 3
 is sheer determination to believe God's truths, such as:

1. The devil doesn't get to win in the end - not with me!  He doesn't get to control
my thoughts because my Father, God, who is "greater in me than he that is within
the world," says that I get to "choose this day whom I will serve."  (John 4:4; Joshua
24:15)

2. I will choose God this day by "taking captive every thought to make it obedient
to Christ."  I will choose, by sheer determination in my thinking to have faith over
fear
.  (2 Corinthians 10:5)
 
3. I have the Creator of the universe Himself standing beside me, and His full
armor at hand to protect me against the devil's schemes to manipulate my thoughts
toward fear.  I have the empowerment of His Spirit living within me, and I have other
believers, to remind me to "put on the full armor of God," and to push me as Paul
pushes believers in Ephesians 6: "And when you have done EVERYTHING [within
your ability and God's empowering] to [be able to] stand. Stand firm then...."   

When I've done everything to be ABLE to stand in the face of fear, God tells me to
be down-right determined to "STAND firm then," claiming faith over fear.  

Truth 3 is the determination of my mind to believe in, stand in, stand on
, the Word of God that I'm self-talking, such as:

1. God's truths are tougher than my fears, and He who lives within me is tougher
than me and my fears. (I Corinthians 4:20; 1 John 4:4) 

2. He who resides in me has already given me EVERYTHING I need to defeat the
evil one who is the author of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Corinthians 9:8)

3. Fear is not from God; it's another effective tactic of the evil one that I don't have
to take. I get to choose.  God's Word states that the devil is the author of lies.  
Many of my fears have been birthed, based in (and basted in) lies. (John 8:44) 
You see, when I'm down, in fear or in anger, or in other emotions, I'm not an
effective vessel of God with Christ for others.  I'm a weak link.  A weak strand.

One of my favorite truth quotes has been stuck on my refrigerator and embedded
in my mind for years.  It's a quote by Mark Twain: "I've known many worries in my
life but few have come to pass."

Isn't THAT the truth?!!  How many illegitimate fears have I allowed the evil one to
birth and grow inside my head, then allow his gnarly fingers to reach down into my
heart and into my gut - sucking me into a dark hole, consuming me?  A bundle. I
admit!  But as I've practiced Romans 12:2 and God's other principles of transformation and faith through years of fears, I now better understand that I
must choose to stand up against the fear (the evil one), and say "No more!"  I'm
learning to take ownership with the Apostle Paul in his declaration of determination
to "entrust" the unseen, the unknown, to my Father as I pray His Word into my
mind and my heart daily:  "You [Oh God] will keep in perfect peace him whose
mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."  Isaiah 26:3  YES!

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