Fighting fear with faith

By Apostle Frederick K.C. Price

Owe no man any thing but to love one another. . . (Romans 13:8).

This portion of scripture doesn’t necessarily mean that you should not buy anything on time and make monthly payments.  However, you should not look to that as a way of getting things for the rest of your life, but you use it as a steppingstone.  The faith life is a progressive development.  Nobody is born a full-grown physical adult.  And neither is a newly born-again Christian fully developed in his or her faith walk.  Spiritual babies have to grow up.

I have also discussed whether or not it is either faith, foolishness or presumption to not have insurance.  I pointed out that we live in an imperfect world, and that insurance is a means of preventing the enemy from wiping you out financially.  Just as health insurance won’t prevent you from getting sick or dying.  Neither does automobile or health insurance prevent your from having an accident.  But insurance can help you keep from giving place to devil.

We also talked about husbands and wives’ relationship – whether or not to claim a husband or wife.  Many of these things seem to fall under the guise of faith when in fact they are really foolishness, and some instances presumption.

We talked about eating and casting out the calories, which is foolishness because you can’t keep overeating and not get fat.  You will get fat if you keep on eating fattening foods.  So we must discipline ourselves to bring our bodies under subjection. 

Also, fear is one of the biggest hindrances to many Christians’ faith: fear of a dog, fear of the dark, fear of cats, fear of this and fear of that. 

Fear keeps you in bondage.

Second Timothy 1:7 says, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  That is the Word of God.  The Bible says you do not have the spirit of fear.  However, you can permit or allow the spirit of fear to dominate you.  However, fear has no legal right to make you afraid.  You can be afraid if you choose to be afraid, but you don’t have to be afraid.

When fear rears its ugly head, you have the right and authority in the name of Jesus to point the finger of God at fear and say, “In the name of Jesus I refuse to be afraid!”  And until you start doing that, fear is going to dominate you.  Satan knows he has you running, and he will keep harassing you in that area.

If the Bible says that we have not been given the spirit of fear, we don’t have to be afraid.  Let me give you an example: a wife has a husband who works nights, and she is afraid and doesn’t want to be at home by herself.  She prays and believes that her husband will get a daytime job.  That won’t work because she isn’t dealing with the fear.  Rather, she is trying to change the circumstances so that he works daytime hours so she won’t be alone at night.

She needs to stop and realize that she has not dealt with the fear, and it is still dominating her. Any time you pray in contradiction to the Word of God your prayer will not work.  That is not faith. It’s either foolishness or presumption.    

You can learn to overcome fear by using the Word of God.  Praying that your husband’s employer will be put on a daytime job that won’t keep him away at nights isn’t faith.

The above teaching was taken from Apostle’s book titled Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption?  with some modifications.
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