Where Do You Stand on the Faith/Fear Spectrum?

We can teeter totter on the spectrum between faith and fear

We can teeter totter on the spectrum between faith and fear

Faith and fear stand at opposite ends of the spectrum.  Faith belongs to God and points us toward God.  Fear comes from the enemy and pulls people into bondage.  We stand in the middle of these two ends and constantly choose to move toward one or the other.

God defines himself as love.  The Bible says there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18. Love is a force, and it originates from God.  Romans 5:5 tells us, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”  I see this as a continual flow of love being poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.  We receive the Holy Spirit as a gift when we receive Jesus into our hearts.  He comes and dwells and makes our hearts His home.  To the extent we allow God’s love to flow through us, it forces fear out.  Strong love flow captures all fear on its course of filling up and overflowing out of us.  Weak love levels flow around fear points as they stay intact against the trickle.

We can augment the faith balance by considering God’s promises to be our defender and protector.  “If God is for you, then who can be against you?”  Romans 8:31.  Hebrews 13:6 says, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.  What will man do to me?”  “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm 34:4.  As we let this truth become reality, our fears shrink in the face of God’s love and power for us.

 


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