Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part I

2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV) 13   We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

As we’ve talked about in past posts, faith is a spirit and fear is a spirit. Even though you see evidences of them in the physical realm, they are spiritual at their core so they have to be dealt with on a spiritual playing field.

Faith, in its simplest definition, is trusting God and His Word. It means that we trust that God said what He means and means what He said and that He will do what He said. That’s God’s part. Our part is to believe and trust Him with our whole heart.

Fear, on the other hand, means believing what the devil has said and acting on it.

Faith draws God’s promises to us. Fear draws to us the very thing that we’re afraid of.

Faith gives us access to God and His promises. Fear gives the devil an opening to steal, kill and destroy us. [John 10:10]

As you can see, faith and fear are diametrically opposed to each other. But the good news is that we are the ones who choose which way we’ll go: the faith path or the fear path.

Faith and fear are both voice activated. When you say it, you own it. That means we should keep our mouths shut until we can trust what will come out because what you say over and over will eventually get down into your spirit and if it’s not faith, there will be trouble.

Having said all this as a refresher, let’s continue.

Amos 3:3 (KJV) 3  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

When we’re standing on God’s Word, we’re walking with God because we’re believing what He said. It’s the same with fear and talking the words of the enemy: doubt, unbelief, dread, depression, anxiety, etc. The trouble with talking and walking in fear is that it will short-circuit and negate your faith causing it to be inoperative. And it opens the door for the enemy to come right in and clobber you!

You can’t waver back and forth between faith and fear and expect your desired results. That’s what I call the “rocking chair syndrome,” –you’re moving but not getting anywhere. You’re trying to believe but the fear is blocking your faith and negating it. Fear needs to be dealt with, not shoved under the carpet hoping it goes away. We’ll get into this.

Continued next time — Pamela

Author: Pamela Moyle

Pamela is a teacher, author, and life-long student of the Word of God, teaching foundational truths to help others walk by faith and not by sight!

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