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Faith Your Fears To Death! The Hem Devotional
October 03, 2008

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Faith Vs. Fear: Making Belief a Way of Life

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Faith Vs. Fear:
Making Belief a Way of Life

By Ameerah Lewis

 NOW FAITH is the assurance
(the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for,
being the proof of things [we] do not see
and the conviction of their reality
[faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
- Hebrews 11:1 AMP

As I prepare for the newest class we'll be starting at next week on faith, fear, and learning to truly trust God, I really had to stop and ask myself a serious question: What do I really have faith in?

You know, when it comes down to it, faith and fear are the exact same thing:
The expectation, whether positive or negative, of something that you can not yet see.  
Why then, do we as Believers often find that expecting our impending doom is far easier than expecting to see the everyday victories that God promises us in His Word?

What are you really expecting to see in your daily life?  God's promises that you will prosper and be in health, or the world's promises of turmoil and tragedy?
In what have you placed your faith?

Unfortunately, if we are being honest, most Christians have more faith in Satan's ability to steal, kill and destroy; than our Heavenly Father's ability to give us an abundant and overflowing life of victory through Christ Jesus (John 10:10).

Of course, we all want to be able to say that we've placed our faith in God.  And yet, we are constantly plagued by thoughts of fear and doubt instead of hope and peace. 

Our thoughts reveal the tragic truth: Through the media and the lies of the enemy,we have learned to expect the worse.

You know, I love reading the opening scripture, Hebrews 11:1, because it reminds us that faith is our assurance and proof  that the things that we do not yet see are as real as the things we see before us.  

In fact, if you ever really want to walk in Victory over life's circumstances, then the promises that God has written to you in His Word must become even more real to you than what you can see, touch or feel!  

That is true belief.

That is true faith - When you learn to truly trust what God's Word promises you more than you do what you see with our own eyes.  

Though your eyes may see poverty, what you see doesn't move you because you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God will indeed bless the work of your hands, and you will be the lender and not the borrower (Deut. 28:12)

Faith says, "If my circumstances don't reflect God's Word, it just means God's not done yet! I'm just going to keep standing until I receive the Promise!"  Why?  Because there's no expiration date on true faith!

When you are able to say... 
"It does not matter what my circumstances look like - Those circumstances don't change God's promises to me.  But, His promises to me can definitely change my circumstances!"

That is the day you've truly learned to "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).  That is the day that you will finally begin your own personal walk of VICTORY!

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