Fear Must Flee When Faith Is Found

 

It’s that time of year again when we all make those big resolutions of how we’re going to start or stop a particular something! Maybe it’s beginning a new workout routine, eliminating sugar from your diet, cutting down on your spending, or making more time for your family. The list of resolutions could go on and on and get as creative as the mind could conjure up. In fact I’m sure I have made these kinds of resolutions in the past, if not all of them at some point.

However, this year I’ve chosen to do something slightly different thanks to the topic of this month’s blog. I spent some time reflecting on my walk with Christ and asking what could I resolve to do this year that would deepen my relationship with God and encourage others to follow Christ more? How can I resolve to be a more faithful follower of Christ?

Here is what I’m resolving to do in 2013… I have determined not to let fear control me but to have a greater FAITH and TRUST in God. Fearing what people think, worrying about making mistakes, being anxious about the future have been the thieves that have robbed me of experiencing the fullness of trusting God and witnessing His power in my life. This realization began a few months ago when I went through the 40-minute Bible study called, Breaking Free From Fear. I’ve never realized how many things I was fearful of and how those fears were affecting my choices until I spent time studying the scriptures and that is when God revealed the true condition of my heart and mind. This is the year I’m choosing to fear the Lord alone and to trust Him in all things.

In this world, there are many uncertainties and constant temptations to fear at the sight of pressing circumstances. However, how does God encourage believers to trust Him? David wrote, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). It is that simple! When you experience fear, put your trust in God and what you know about His nature. Here’s where knowing God is vital to growing in your relationship with Him. Learning to study the Bible has deepened my understanding of God’s character, but I admit that I have much more to learn and I have decided to spend more time reading and mediating on scripture this year.

Another plan of trusting in the Lord is found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” These are well-known verses but have such practicality in the life of a believer. Once you know God’s character and His ways, it’s easier to trust Him and stop relying on your own way of doing things or what you think will work out in a particular situation. You must rest in the goodness of God and be aware that He is at work even when your present circumstances seem to say otherwise.

These few verses have served as great encouragement for me to fully trust God and not to focus on the current situations I’m facing. This year has already brought about many new steps that are requiring faith and trust in the Lord. I recently moved to Chattanooga and joined the Transform staff as the Special Programs Coordinator. There were many fears that I had to deal with but through this move and new position, God is showing Himself faithful as I put my trust in Him. I have discovered what the psalmist wrote to be true. “I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). I have determined to cast my fears and worries on God in prayer and trust Him to provide for my every need.

At the end of 2013, it will be exciting for me to look back on what God has done in this area of my life as He is teaching me to trust Him more and have faith for all things! What about you? Will you resolve to trust God more? What resolve will you take this year that would have an eternal impact on your spiritual life?

 

 If you’ve been around Transform Student Ministries the past couple of years, you’ve probably met Carlotta! Carlotta has been aconference/camp staffer, office volunteer, summer intern, teacher/mentor, and recently came on staff full-time as Transform’s Special Programs Coordinator  Carlotta’s love for the Lord is contagious, and being around her makes you want to know more about her Savior. 

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