Fear vs. Faith
Have you ever suffered the plague of the “not enough” fears; not being good enough or strong enough, having enough, doing enough, saying enough, looking pretty enough? All of us, at one time or another, have experienced that nagging little voice in our head that whispers, “You’re not enough”. Even the most successful people in this world have had to learn how to ignore that voice and just keep moving toward the goal no matter how afraid they were.
A while back, I was listening to a podcast by Louie Giglio that confronted and altered my entire perception about fear and faith. He said that we can choose what we put our faith in. When we put our faith in God and we trust him with our life, we are given peace and rest in exchange. Fear, he simply put, is our faith in the enemy and his schemes and plans for our life.
God promises “plans to prosper and not to harm”, while the enemy’s objective is to “steal, kill and destroy”. When we listen to that nagging voice of doom, we are believing that the enemy’s plan to cause us to fail, fall and be miserable is going to win. We are failing to trust that our God is greater than anything we may face and that he knows what our tomorrows hold; that he is our healer, provider, savior and source of strength and grace. Even when things don’t go according to our own plans or we face seasons of struggle or heartache, our God still promises to “never leave us or forsake us”.
Having faith does not negate or minimize the need. It is, simply, a recognition of who our hope and trust is in.
We need to speak truth and life into our situation when the enemy spouts his negative rant and plays it on repeat. We need to shut out the “you can’t, you won’t, you don’t and you never” with “God can, God will, God does and God always.” And let’s face it, the enemy isn’t totally wrong in stating that we, you and me, aren’t able. I am acutely aware of my lack, my insufficiencies and my short comings. Trust me, there are too many for me to be naive to them and the enemy is really good at reminding me of them. But this is where I recognize where I end and my God, “who supplies all my needs according to his riches in glory”, begins. As long as I invite him into the equation and put my trust and faith in him, he will accomplish “abundantly more than I could ever ask or think”.
I’ve learned to trust God with the little and big needs in my life and he has proven himself faithful over and over. So when he asks me to step out of my “comfort zone” and do something that is beyond me, I know that I can trust him with the results. No matter what, he is with me. No matter what, I will praise him. No matter what, I can trust him. He is good.
What do you feel God nudging you to do today? What big hurdle is in front of you that requires a miracle-working God? Are you ready to step into the unknown?
Dream big. Believe big. Take that big leap of faith with a God who’s “got this”.
Don’t let the voice of the enemy steal your faith from a God who’s bigger, greater and more powerful.
No matter what adventure, task, opportunity or need you are facing, I can say with confidence, that God is enough. If he is leading you, he will not let you fall. If you are trusting him, he will provide you will all the grace and peace you need. Let faith win!
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
About Jennie Puleo :
Jennie Puleo is a Mother, Writer, Speaker, Author and Registered Nurse. She is also the co-founder of For a Single Purpose; an online ministry designed specifically to encourage single women on all walks of life. She has always had a deep love for the Lord and her desire to serve and obey Him is what has carried her through so many of life’s chaotic circumstances. The loss of children, abandonment of spouse, chronic illness, multiple surgeries; so many times and places where God has met her in the middle of a storm! It is now her passion and purpose to share all that God has done in and through her by speaking and writing.