Fear Or Faith?
Do you know what fear and faith both have in common?
A future that hasn’t happened yet.
Fear believes in a negative future. Faith believes in a positive future. Both believe in something that has not yet happened.
We don’t know what this year 2012 will hold. Or this month. Or this week. Its unknown. It hasn’t happened yet. And the choice every single one of us is facing, right this exact moment, is what we are going to choose to believe about the future. Is it going to be a bad year, or a great year? Fear, or faith?
No matter what our current situation – whether right now we are doing pretty well or doing pretty lousy – we all have a choice between two roads – the positive road or the negative road. We can’t ride on both at the same time.
And so one of the most helpful questions you can ask yourself is: why not believe in a positive future?
Why not look at this coming year with faith? What do you have to lose except the fear that is sabotaging your joy?
I’m not saying we shouldn’t ever have any fear. Sometimes fear is a gift – it causes us to reexamine our situation and plan for the future and anticipate change. When used wisely, fear helps us to manage risk and make good decisions.
But whats pretty obvious lately is that there is this mega dose of supersized fear invading the hearts and minds of far too many people. Its causing people to act irrationally or not act at all. And it happens when you choose to believe in a negative future instead of a postive one. When you choose fear over faith.
You and I, we have no idea what this year 2012 holds.
Some are people saying some Mayan calendar thing is going to happen and the world is going to end in 2012. There are people saying we’re going to witness the return of the Great Depression, a nuclear war with Iran. Fear is everywhere.
Yet the alternative is also available to every single one of us. Its called faith. It’s the belief in a positive future.
One of the core messages of the Bible is that it is possible to have the kind of optimistic, positive faith that overcomes even the worst of circumstances if your faith is in the God who created you.
In fact, it actually teaches that there is only one source for that kind of optimistic, positive faith anywhere in the entire universe.
Check this out. In the book of Romans, the 15th chapter it says: God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.
Maybe you’re not sure where you are at with all of this God stuff right now. That’s ok. Just know one thing:
No matter who you are, or who you aren’t, no matter were you’ve been, no matter what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, no matter what you believe or don’t believe, God believes in you. And he believes in a positive future for you.
We don’t know what’s coming our way this year. It could be prosperity; it could be nonstop adversity. We don’t know what’s coming. We can’t control what’s coming, but the wonderful thing is we can decide whether we are going to believe in a negative future that hasn’t happened yet, or a positive future that hasn’t happened yet.
Fear or faith?
Which unknown future are are you going to believe in?