Devotional, Writing

January’s Diamonds

Fear Over Faith —

Where two kingdom’s collide. The Kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God.

Laurie Marks Vincent

It seems to be the way the world runs. In light of the new rise in viruses, even the banana and mango we tested are sick. That’s the truth, but all kidding aside, fear is riding the waves.

Jesus walked on the water, and when he called out to Peter, in faith, he also walked out on the water. It was when the waves and the winds blew that fear took over and Peter sunk into the waves.

Many are panicking, especially those who do not have hope in Christ. The enemy is masquerading and fooling some of the body of Christ to believe the world’s narrative. Faith does not work like this. Faith knocks on your door and answers, but when fear knocks on the door, there’s no one there when you open the door. That’s because fear always runs. We cannot mix our faith with fear and doubt. When we do, our human nature will always grasp the negative. We must learn to walk in the Spirit, the way Jesus did.

“Behold, the kingdom of God is at hand!” What do we know about his Kingdom? Jesus said, “I AM the resurrection.” (John 11:25) In Christ, existed all the power of God’s Kingdom; truth, healing, hope, love, joy and eternal life. We know that fear and doubt do not exist there but they do in this world. What the world declares, the world will adhere to. Scripture even verifies this line of thinking.

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 1 John 4:5

And even more so, let’s remember that Satan is the god of this world.

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5:19

So how do we grasp the Kingdom of God here and now? Ephesians 2:6 gives us insight. It’s a faith principle! We are told that because we have been made alive in Christ now, that we are seated in heavenly places with him. Our citizenship, our inheritance and our authority is in Christ. We know that fear and doubt have no place in God’s Kingdom.

2 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.

Some translations use “self-control” instead of “sound mind” but the bottom line is that the Spirit of God has GIVEN US his power, his love and his sound (sane, calm) mind, (self-control).

So when fear takes over, remember this. Fear runs. No one is there when you knock on the door. The efforts of fear are fruitless. Fear places our hope in the wrong thing. Fear raises emotional heights and causes us to sink below its waves, but Faith does not operate on emotions. Faith stands on the Word of God, his power, his love and the mind of Christ in us. We can discern the times, seasons, and the tricks of the enemy when we quiet our hearts and listen for his voice. Seek truth and let truth reign. This is not a time to bow to fear. This a time to shine, like diamonds, reflecting the Light of Christ everywhere.

May God Richly Bless You!

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