Are you faithful to your fear? It’s a positive attribute to be loyal to your significant other, your family or close friend but it’s dangerous to become loyal to your fears. It can become your go-to place anytime things don’t go as expected or a situation takes a turn for the worst. Being fearful can make you miss out on opportunities, misguide you into unhealthy circumstances, push you to settle in relationships, make you overthink situations, and most importantly it can aid in you losing the ability to rely on God to guide your next steps. Faith may seem like a hard concept to grasp yet it consists of all the things we hope for and is just one step away from our comfort zone. Become more faithful by adopting the following habits or trying the following principles:
- Encourage Yourself. If you find yourself in a fearful place, tell yourself this is where the fearfulness ends. Give yourself no other option but to be faithful. Repeat to yourself daily, “ I am faithful not fearful. I trust God to work this situation out according to His will in His perfect timing.” Also repeat it whenever you feel yourself becoming discouraged.
- Choose One. Faith and fear can’t dwell in the same place. You have to decide that if you’re going to be fearful you can’t have faith and if you are faithful there is absolutely no space for fear. You can’t conquer anything or win with both emotions. Think of your situation and choose today.
- Trust What You Can’t See. How things look on the outside mean absolutely nothing. Things could seem like they’re falling apart but are really falling into place. Faith can be challenging to embrace because it means trusting what you can’t see by sight but understand that just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean things are not going to work out how they should. Be willing to be surprised by your future, not stressed out.
- Speak Life Into Your Situation. There is more power in your tongue than you may think. Within your mouth lies the ability to speak life or death. Start speaking life into your situations daily. It’s understandable to vent occasionally but make sure you’re speaking and claiming prosperity more than you are speaking about negativity. You can’t control everything in life but you can control how you speak.
- Plan For the Future but Seize Today. Being fearful prevents you from enjoying today. Faith allows you to appreciate today because you wholeheartedly trust God to take care of tomorrow. There’s something for you to learn and apply to your life today that will prepare you for tomorrow.
Fear can deter your thoughts, hopes and dreams. As difficult as it is, when you’re faced with a challenge, relax, pray and trust God that it will work out as it should. Also, dig deeper and understand why you are fearful. Is it possible that you will move out of your comfort zone, that your life might change or that what can happen will harm you in some way. Most importantly, will fear change the problem? If not, you might as well choose faith and delight in the ride. It’s time for you to be fearfully faithful.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7