3/15 - Choosing Faith Over Fear
2 Timothy 1:7
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power unto salvation for everyone who believes.”
Fear: Fear is simply an emotion.
In our most dire moments, something inside of all of us turn us to God. The reminder that with God we are not powerless but through him we are powerful.
There will be plenty more stories and opportunities for as followers of Jesus to resist the urge of greed cause by fear and exercise our faith through generosity and love.
Three responses we can have when we feel the spirit of fear:
When fear makes us feel helpless, Gods spirit reminds us of his hope.
When fear moves us towards greed, God Spirit call us to love.
When fear wants us to lose control, Gods spirit will move is to lead.
This is an excerpt from a letter Martin Luther wrote titled, “Whether One May Flee From A Deadly Plague.” COVID-19 is not the Bubonic Plague that Luther was dealing with, but his advice still fits.
“Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order to not become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should choose to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”