Please join me in welcoming today’s response to this week’s question of the week from a fellow blogger Jennifer Salazar.
Not too long ago I found myself at the crossroads of a life changing decision that without a doubt was guided by God. While gathering the courage to make this decision I realized that this was going to be a season where I needed to trust God like never before. I needed to surrender to God and have the faith to let go and let God.
The same day I made the decision to walk on faith, fear became my intolerable companion.
During this process of spiritual growth I found myself asking if it was possible for faith and fear to coexist. After thinking about it for a while I considered that the right answer was NO.
So at this point, not only did I have my intolerable companion fear, but shame (fear’s BFF) decided to join the party.
Why, when I was guided by God and decided to walk by faith, could fear still affect me so much?
I had to go deeper to understand what was going on and this is my conclusion:
Faith is the shield that God gave us to protect ourselves and to put an end to the enemy’s attacks.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 NIV
…and God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
Yet it was clear to me that fear was a way to test my faith and when our faith is tested our perseverance is made stronger.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:3 NLT
So there is no room for shame. All this is a process where God is teaching me to be more like Jesus. Now I know that the minute faith kicks in fear leaves the room. I have become certain that faith is a real power —that faith in God is the cure for all my fears.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7
So the next time you are facing fear, remember that you are human and it is normal, lean on God’s power and understand that you too are working out your faith.
Wow!! Thank you so much Jenny for the question this week and your response!! One thing I learned through the process of contemplating this question is that faith is not hope. Although hope is great, it comes with hesitation. Faith is belief and I cannot believe and have fear (doubt) at the same time. Thank you all who shared your thoughts and experiences – I look forward to connecting with you all later this week! 😉 Joycy