Living in Faith instead of Fear (by Gerri Porteous)

I have many opportunities each day to worry and live in fear, from being worried about my family, my children and grandchildren, maintaining good health, to the economy and my finances; the list could go on and on.

But did you know that faith and fear have something in common? They both ask us to believe something is going to happen that we cannot see. Fear says, “Business is slow. You’re going to lose your job.” But faith says, “Your best days are ahead of you.”

When we give in to thoughts of fear, our perspective becomes distorted. Fear is like a fog. It makes things look worse than what they really are.

I make a daily effort to put my energy into believing and not worrying. Our God is all-powerful. He has brought me through in the past, and He is going to bring me through in the future. That’s positive self-talk.

Let’s surround ourselves with people of faith who will remind us of the many blessings in our lives. If we stay in control of our thoughts and learn to choose faith instead of fear, we’re going to be filled with peace and confidence. We were created for a life of hope and peace; not to have our enthusiasm and joy stolen by fear.

Let’s choose to walk in faith today. Remember, it takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to have faith. So let’s switch our gears to having faith and trusting God. God will work everything out for the best if we just believe.

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10