“Live by faith not by fear”

I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath–these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely–these are my native air. A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact.” But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality. (Dr. E. Stanley Jones.)

General Patton said, “I learned very early in my life never to take counsel of my fears.”   There is no winning wars by listening to fears.  Dear church, we all have fears that if allowed will run us day and night into isolation and depression.  Let us as the Word of God says to “live by faith and not by sight.”  To trust the Word of God over the words of fear.  Many precious souls have gone on before us calling us to live by faith.  Let us not forsake so great a salvation over so many fear that will never happen in our lives.   Pastor Mark