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Fear vs. Faith

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

I’ve heard it said that fear is faith spelled backward. Fear can sometimes be the uncertainty of events over which we have no control. The word Dismayed means to lose your strength or to depress your spirit due to fear. The enemy gives you two types of hypothetical outcomes and thought processes, both of which we can control.

God alludes to different types of fears. There is no universally agreed-upon numerical classification for types of fear, as fear is a complex and subjective emotion and can manifest in various ways. For example, I had to overcome some fears in my life, the fear of public speaking, which intermingles with a common fear that almost everyone deals with:

Autophobia: The fear of rejection, often in social or romantic situations.

I overcame the fear of public speaking by facing it, and now I host a Sunday morning radio program that airs across the country. My mother told me, "You can't fear the 'They' e.g., what will they think or what will they say? The 'theys' don't exist."

The Good news is God says, "For I Am with thee." Notice He used His name "I Am." I Am your every need, I Am your strength, I Am your righteousness. Faith is the fact, and fear is often hypothetical. The fact is God reassures us that He is with us, that He is our God, will give us strength, help us, and will hold us up with His right hand of righteousness! Sometimes, we must give it to God because He controls the circumstances.

He is: El-HaNe’eman

The God Who is Faithful

Blessings

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