Are You Facing These Times In Faith Or Fear?
In this time of a worldwide pestilence, the stress, anxiety and even panic of some is quite obvious. Unfortunately, even many Christians are falling into the trap of fear and worry. What our hearts are filled with is being revealed. Some are staying in peace and faith while others are questioning God, the Word and even their own faith.
Though I know this virus isn’t from God, it is certainly revealing the foundations of our lives.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.Proverbs 4:23
Your heart is the union of your soul and spirit. It is where you make the choice to live from the Spirit of God, or your own emotions and flesh. The course of your life is determined by the choices of your heart.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.Proverbs 23:7
The thoughts of your heart determine your perceived identity, value and vision for life. You will never rise above a heart of guilt, self-pity or fear.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.Matthew 12:35
You will bring forth your life from the abundance of your heart, whether it be faith, love, joy and peace, or, fear, bitterness and anxiety.Romans 10:10
For with the heart one believes . . .
It is from the heart that faith flows. Faith is not mental. Faith is spiritual (2 Cor. 4:13). What we believe with our minds may not be what we really believe. In times of shaking, we begin to find out what we really believe in our hearts.
What is the solution?
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.Colossians 2:6-7
Paul speaks of being “rooted and built up in Him,” and “established in the faith.” Both of these phrases speak of a process. It takes time for roots to go deep into the soil. Right now we are seeing who has roots and who does not. Being established in the faith is a process. It requires time in fellowship with the Father through the Word. The more we know Him, the more “rooted” and “established” we will be. Those who are rooted and established will not be shaken.
If you have discovered anxiety, fear and even panic in your heart in the last few weeks, decide now to get rooted. You don’t have to live in fear. You can live in faith and peace in the midst of the turmoil.
Faith Comes By Hearing
In keeping with that thought, today I am offering this link to a pdf download of the Bible Study I often teach, to aide you in hearing God’s Word personally and directly.
Designed to promote spiritual growth and a stronger bond with Jesus Christ, this little booklet is a simple, yet well-rounded, guidebook for contemplative study of your Bible. Divided into a series of seven weekly study guides and daily devotionals it is geared to help the reader reach a higher personal appreciation of God’s Word. [click the cover]
I hope you will enjoy it. And if you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.
Thanks to Dr. Barry Bennett for inspiring this post with today’s devotion.