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Do You Operate in Fear or Faith?

by: Daniel N Brown

The greatest tool the enemy uses against us in life is fear, because fear keeps us from doing many of those things we would like to do in order to make our lives, and the lives of others, more complete and prosperous.

Since we are born with only a few fears like the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises, all other fears are learned. The fear of failure, the fear of rejection, and even a fear of success are all learned fears and are really just lies from the devil.

Naturally, God wants us to live abundant and prosperous lives, but the devil is not going to just step aside and watch while God outrageously prospers us. The devilís whole purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), and the best way he is able to do this is by causing us to doubt and fear.

One important thing to understand is the fact that doubt always precedes fear. If the enemy can get us to doubt and give in to it, it will then grow into fear. And even though fear can sneak up on us fast, it doesn't have to paralyze us. It's then that our courage can get us through.

How do we develop true courage? Ephesians 6:11 says, ďPut on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.Ē Truth, righteousness, preparation to share the gospel, faith, salvation, and the Word of God is the armor. Verse 16 says, ďAbove all, take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy.Ē

It's important to understand the power of faith in God's Word because fear is such a massive thought force competing for control of our minds. Just know, faith is much stronger. We can cancel out fear with faith because there is no force in this world more powerful than faith, and the most amazing things can happen as a result of it.

Faith is a shield. When the devilís lies come at us in the form of fear, we must know what Godís Word says concerning our circumstances in order to quench that fear.

Unfortunately, too many Christians are ignorant of the power of faith, so they only operate in fear, which is the exact opposite. We cannot operate in a spirit of faith and a spirit of fear at the same time. We will flow in one or the other. We must oppose the spirit of fear and close the door on the devil so we may move forward with Godís plan for our lives.

As Faith is our shield (our defense), Godís Word is our Sword (our offense). That means we must not only believe Godís Word, but we must also speak it.

Our words are containers of power. When all hell is coming against us, we need to hold fast to the confession of our faith and say what the Word says in light of our situation instead of what the circumstances look like or how they make us feel.

Not speaking the positive report of Godís Word is the reason why so many believers fall short of receiving Godís best and continue to live in fear. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, ďI believed, and therefore have I spoken.Ē By speaking negative words we are operating in fear and are in agreement with the devil. The door then remains open for him to produce the very conditions we are speaking. Instead, speak the promises of God in faith by getting into agreement with Him.

Again, the greatest tool the enemy uses against us in life is fear, but we can quench the firey lies of the enemy by faith and eventually see Godís promises fulfilled in our lives.

Copyright 2006 Daniel N Brown

See Also:

The Six Ghosts of Fear
There are six basic fears with which every human suffers at one time or another. Most people are fortunate if they do not suffer from the entire six.

Awakening the Creative Intelligence of your Soul Through the Connection with God's Spirit
When I think about ďCreative IntelligenceĒ I think of God, the Holy Spirit. God is the definitive, The Great Creator, and the Greatest of all Intelligence. This scripture comes to mindÖ

Giving Thanks and Spiritual Healing
God calls us not as we should be but as we are. Each of us has our own unique flaws. If we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to bring beauty and grace in service of God and humanity. In God's great economy, nothing goes to waste.

Daniel N. Brown is an entrepreneur and teacher of biblical success principles. Get his report, "Christian Prosperity Secrets" when you sign up for his weekly newsletter. http://www.SecretPlaceOnline.com

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