Faith, Fear, Doubt, or Unbelief were do you operate?
Hebrews 11:1-Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
(Faith is based on receiving the Word of God and acting on it.)
Romans 12:3- For I say, through the grace unto me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly according as God has dealt to every man or woman the measure of Faith.
(This is given to us at conversion by the Holy Spirit.)
Romans 10:17- So then Faith comes by hearing, and hearing from God.
(Faith does not come simply by hearing just anything, but rather by hearing God's Word, and believing that Word.)
James 2:17- Even so Faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. Several scriptures are here in the next eight verses.
James 2:26- For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also Faith without works is dead.
Let us take at look to see what we have learned so far!
FAITH IS ACTING LIKE GOD TOLD US THE TRUTH!
Faith comes from receiving information from God.
God's Word will produce Faith for the Hearer, that Person that will hear with an intent to Obey and Do His Word. We must be a doer of His Word!
Faith will motivate you: it will cause us to move
Ephesians Six talks about the Armor of God, it tell us that we have to put it on, and if you will notice that we have no protection in the back. This armor is not for us to turn and run away from our problems or troubles. We are not supposed to turn and run. Faith will cause us to run to God then to the problem. Faith will produce the desired outcome of what God's Word said in our lives!
LETS TALK ABOUT FEAR NOW
So things that we have said about Faith, we can also say about FEAR !
Both come to us by receiving information
Both will motivate us
Both will produce in our lives
Faith is built on information received from God!
Fear is from Satan, demons, neighbors, doctors, weather reports, newspapers, police, any worldly place!
Have you noticed that FEAR comes from hearing information from other places and not from God!
FEAR will cause you to move, but in the opposite direction of faith. You will run from your problems. FEAR is to be intimidated by the enemy, to be in dread, terror, and flight. To be in flight from the enemy, means that the devil is chasing you; and in fact we are supposed to CHASE him! FEAR will cause us to run to the doctors, to the insurance company, the finance company or some place other than running to GOD FIRST. There are times that we need to run to these places, but first of all we need to seek God before we start running the wrong way. We can seek God on the way.
Job 3:25- "what I greatly feared come on me and that which I was afraid of is come unto me."