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Moving From Fear to Faith by David Bernard

How to Move from Fear to Faith. What is faith? Faith: Belief, trust, and loyalty to a person or thing. Christians find their security and hope in God as revealed in Jesus Christ, and say “amen” to that unique relationship to God in the Holy Spirit through love and obedience as expressed in lives of discipleship and service. The Bible contains a clear definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.” So what is fear according to the Bible. Fear is to fear and to be afraid. The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and is to be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). Never make a decision from a place of fear. Fear’s goal is to paralyze. Fear seeks to shrink our potential and stunt your growth by keeping us within our comfort zones and within our realm of familiarity. We must confront and overcome our fears with love, which works by faith.