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Faith or Fear? That is the Question

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I’m a go-getter by nature, but I’m finding that God loves me enough to help me remember my true source. Before meeting Christ, I actually thought of myself as fearless, but if I’m honest, it was just denial and self-effort covering up my fears. Over the years, I’ve seen this theme:

I’m afraid to trust God with something–I go to things other than God for comfort–God woos me back–I see the error of my ways and decide to obey–God shows up (usually exceeds my expectations)–my faith grows.

In my 24 years of walking with Him I have seen this pattern play out dozens, even hundreds of times. So why don’t I learn?

Fear vs. faith

I believe it’s simple: I’m human. Being human means I’m going to struggle with all manner of things that are “common to man.” Fear is a big one for me, and fear is the opposite of faith.

God works in the currency of faith, and faith is a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds me of this truth, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Faith is most clearly felt when I am taking a step outside my comfort zone. But fear tries to hijack my faith at every turn.

So what should we do when we’re afraid?  

The psalmist David often sang when he was afraid. In Psalm 56 he tells us, “When I am afraid I will trust in you.” He is saying that when we are afraid we can turn to God and cry out to Him. We can choose to trust by faith and not act out of fear. As my friend Ney Bailey says, “Faith is not a feeling.” Faith is an action that is rooted in the trustworthiness of God and His word.

Feelings, fear or otherwise, must submit to the truth that God has us and will never leave us. Difficult times and endeavors that ask us to step outside our comfort zone are faith builders. They strengthen us and remind us that God is trustworthy. When we are faced with something that requires faith we turn to Him for the gift of faith and the willingness to take a step.

What in your life requires you to step out in faith? What does fear look like for you? Is there an obstacle to overcome in order to live out your passion?

“Be anxious in nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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Julie Wilson

For the past 25 years, Julie has been a visionary strategist and communication specialist. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Boston University, she landed the highly competitive job as an NBC Page in New York City, the same year she became a follower of Christ through the ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. She spent 13 years as a start-up team builder with Priority Associates, a ministry of CRU, and helped launch Revolve, a national tour and conference for teenage girls, which attracted over 38,000 attendees in its first season. In her role as President of Women Doing Well, she gets to engage her passion for women and leadership with her purpose “cultivating change.” Julie and her husband, Gary, live in Richmond, Virginia, with their daughter, Ella.

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