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Faith Over Fear

The Unknown.

I can handle a lot, but the unknown is what really gets to me, what really sets my mind spinning and focusing on the wrong things. The unknown is what strikes terror at my heart.

My daughter and I were talking recently. It was on a morning when I was particularly stressed about the unknown, about events that are completely out of my control.

It was then that my daughter began to tell me what God was teaching her about putting faith over fear. Leave it to a 14-year-old to remind me God is in control and my fear is actually a sin. Leave it to my daughter to convict me of my lack of faith.

This morning, I’ve really been trying to focus my mind on the things of God, to remind myself that God will fight for me and I only need to be still (Exodus 14:14). So I asked Cassie to write my blog post this week.

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“When I am afraid I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

Hey guys, its Cassie! Its been awhile since the last time I wrote on here. Since then I’ve matured in my faith a lot. As you can tell by the title, I want to talk about putting your faith over your fear so let’s dive in.

Recently I’ve been interested in researching fear after I heard a clip of Sadie Robertson talking about fear. I looked up the definition of fear and I was pretty shocked. The definition says that fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something or someone is likely to cause pain or danger.

Did you catch that? That key word? Fear is a BELIEF! We CHOOSE to BELIEVE in fear instead of having faith in God and trusting that he is in control.

We are born without fear, but we choose to not trust God in certain areas of our life and we choose fear over faith instead. You don’t give your heart in pieces, you have to give it all, or you give nothing.

At Falls Creek this year someone said that Christians don’t tell lies they just sing them. You may be thinking that’s not me, but when you don’t give your all to God, and you don’t put your faith over fear you fall guilty of that statement.

Now I want to share some song lyrics from some of my favorite songs at the moment. First is the bridge from the song Build My Life, it says:

I will build my life upon your love

It is a firm foundation

I will put my trust in you alone

and I will not be shaken

This relates back to the “Christians only sing lies”. If you sing this bridge, you have to mean it! You have to surrender to God and lay it all down at his feet and use that as a foundation for your new life in Christ! You have to breakup with fear! Which brings us to the next song, The breakup song by Francesca Battistelli:

Fear you don’t own me

There ain’t no room in this story

I ain’t got time for you tellin’ me what I’m not like you know me well guess what?

I know who I am

I know I’m strong, brave, and I am free

Got my own identity

So fear, you will never be welcome here

I absolutely LOVE that song! It’s a great way to tell the devil, who’s disguised as fear, that you don’t need him and you don’t want him! We don’t gain control through fear but more often than not, fear gains control of us. Breakup with fear!

Lastly, once you put faith over fear you aren’t done. After you give your all to God, you can’t just sit and relax, you have to present yourself to him even if you don’t know how he will use you.

I was reading the Bible plan hope in the dark and I came across this word: Hineni

Hineni is a Hebrew word that translates to here I am. Abraham is a great example of hineni. Abraham often doubted God’s promises, but every morning he woke up, thanked the Lord and presented himself to God saying hineni. Here I am Lord! I’m ready for you to use me in ways I don’t understand and I’ll put my fears and doubts away and put my faith over them.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

You may fear change, but that’s where faith comes in. You can roll the dice but the Lord determines how they fall, but the Lord will not give you anything you can’t handle.

“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” Proverbs 16:33

I pray that you will be able to fully trust in God and have child-like faith. That you would present yourself to God, and let him use you. Tell Him, hineni God hineni! I ask that you would be ready for whatever God has in store for you and that you would show Jesus’s love to others and that he would shine his light through you every day. I pray that you would breakup with fear and choose to have faith instead!

Amen.

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Faith Over Fear”

  1. Very well done
    My I wish I had her wisdom at her age. Thing’s sure would have been better.
    She gives me hope for future generations.
    God bless you young lady you will do great things in your life.

  2. Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak into my life, Cassie. May God continue to grow you into beautiful woman you’ve already shown yourself to be. Blessings, sweetie.

  3. Wow!! Thank Cassie for the wonderful Word and allowing God to use you. I came across the word Hineni yesterday, while researching a certain thought God has laid on my heart. I have never seen or heard the word before yesterday and through your writing and your obedience to the Spirit of God, God used you to confirm what He spoke in my Spirit. May you always and forever be used by God and utter the words Hineni, as you have admonished us to do. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” – 1 Timothy 4:12

  4. Its no coincidence that I awoke with similar emotions ruminating in my soul. These fearful and worrisome thoughts is a habit I am trying to overcome. Your blog gives the antidote for fear….. fortify oneself with faith in the Promises of God that dispel all darkness before it can take root in our being. Praise be to Holy Spirit who took me to an assumption/lie that was in me “unknown” unconscious mind which supported and fueled my worry.
    As a professional project manager, I achieved great success by the knowledge I had on how to plan and execute small and large scale projects. However, the enemy beguiles me to assume the what is “known” is fully achievable and ordinary straight forward tasks. And when the little tasks (foxes) don’t work through I would simpy assume that these tasks are NOT spirtual or cause for a prayerfully approach and the need for faith in Jesus (who said “without me you can do nothing”). BIG mistake!!!! Big sin of pride. And underestimating my enemy who has been ensnaring me for decades. But praise God he open my eyes to fact that my joy, peace and rest was being destroyed by the little foxes of presumption, arrogance, traps of satan. I also realise that the enemy was systematically attacking my peace by lulling me into a false sense of confidence of what is “known”, which actually is assumed unknown to me but known to the devil and our Lord. I was the only fool living in unbelief that Father God already had the fortification and solution to a spiritual problem manifested in the natural.
    I pray therefore that you would allow Holy Spirit would to search the depths of your heart and show you the open doors and ‘blind spots’ where the enemy operates to steal your joy and peace.Amen

  5. One of my favorite. Faith quotes :Faith is saying. ‘Yes’ to God before I even know the question.

    It’s strange how hole-y we are that we so easily emotionally forget how faithful He has been in our past challenges and start to panic when a new one arrives, as if this will be the time He lets me down! NOT!! I keep my refrain going “He’s never failed me yet — and He won’t start now.” ‘Do It Again ‘ by Elevation Band is my faith witness and testimony songs for declaring Truth about what God has done for me and will continue to do because He is good, absolutely, irrevocably and irreversibly GOOD!!

  6. Thankyou so much for this post. I’m trying to get over my fear of failure when I read your post “Even if He doesn’t”. And it eventually lead to this. Thanks for reminding me to trust fully in God’s will, even if tis not what we want it to be, but it certainly is the best for us. So have faith in God, and in the future He’s prepared for us. Your words strengthens my faith, so once again, thankyou 🙂

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