“Resist your fear; fear will never lead to you a positive end.
Go for your faith and what you believe.” – T.D. Jakes
Gregory Clark wrote a thought-provoking description about the relationship between Faith and Fear. I’m sharing his thoughts and five Journey Principle action steps for overcoming fear and maintaining F.A.I.T.H, in hopes that you will be inspired and encouraged.
Gregory Clark wrote: “I have been learning about the relationship between faith and fear. I am beginning to think that the conflict between faith and fear—as much as that between good and evil—is the opposition that structures my experience in this life. Essentially, when I am living in faith, I don’t fear change, or changing myself, for the better. But when I am living in fear, I find change and changing—for the better, at least—almost impossible. It is important to learn how to live in faith rather than in fear because the process of changing for the better is at the very foundation of the Father’s plan for us. Changing for the better is what we are here in this life to do, and it is what the mission of His Son enables us to do.”
Here are five Journey Principles for overcoming fear and maintaining F.A.I.T.H.
- Fix your eyes! Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith [Hebrews 12:2, NIV]. Jesus is our greatest illustration of suffering! Though sinless, He chose to take on the weight of our sin and, in faithfulness for His Father’s plan, gave His life so that we might experience joy.
- Ask! Prayer is one of the ways that we exhibit faith. God uses our obstacles to draw us closer to Him, so if you do not understand or cannot see what He is trying to teach you, go to Him. He will be your supply. He will provide for you richly and abundantly. Ask Him for strength, patience, perseverance, comfort and, most importantly, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Seek His plan and purpose for your life! “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:6-7, NIV]
- Incorporate! Sometimes when we seek God’s will, we don’t like the answer that He gives us. It sometimes easy for us to ignore God’s instruction and seek our own will, but how foolish would it be to hear from God and not incorporate His instruction in your life? Faith is not only believing in God’s provision but trusting Him and aligning your heart with His will and purpose for your life.
- Track! S. Lewis said in The Screwtape Letters that life is “a series of troughs and peaks.” Your spiritual life will experience highs and lows, but I have found that one of the best ways to combat the lows is to remind yourself of the highs. Keep a prayer journal and track the ways that God is moving and working in your life. Remember His faithfulness and the wonders and miracles He has done.
- Honor one another! Faith is meant to be shared! It’s that simple, friend. Sometimes we get caught up in our own issues, but we should never forget the power of our testimony and our responsibility of witnessing to those around us. God will use your faith as a tool to encourage others. “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:16, NIV]
Take one principle a day, apply it and pray on it. Keep it on your mind and in your heart as you go through your day. Every night write a thank you letter to God for that day’s lessons and blessings. Repeat this for five days, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your outcomes. Amen!
The Journey Principles book offers a practical life-changing approach to healing, awareness, and restoration through your own personal journey.
In your service,