Faith and fear are enemies. But God can show you how to use your faith muscles to rid yourself of fear and build your faith in His Word. He never fails when we ask.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

Faith muscles

During our high school years, my twin sister Sandy and I, along with our neighbor-friend Catha, worked nights at the old Stokely-Van Camp bean factory in Frederic. After our shift ended at midnight, we walked the two miles home. Back then there were fewer houses and more woods. We always hurried.

At the last intersection an old, abandoned house sat in a thick stand of hardwoods. Everyone called it the haunted house. We ran like a whirlwind past that house, and it’s a wonder we didn’t fall head over feet in our flights, especially on dark nights.

Once we arrived at Catha’s, Sandy and I begged her to walk us halfway home, we were that scared. Giving little thought to her own fear, she almost always agreed. Bless her generous heart.

Sandy and I were real wimps back then. We feared birds, butterflies, basements, being alone and more. How grateful I am that today my fears are gone. I can attribute part of that to my faith in God, which has grown considerably over the years.

Faith is God’s gift to us through His Holy Spirit when we choose to believe in Him. But like a muscle, faith must grow. The Old Testament gives us wonderful examples of God’s chosen people who believed in His presence and thus became victorious in the midst of seemingly insurmountable problems. In each case, they had developed an intimate relationship with God, which helped stretch their faith muscles. Yes, they probably all felt the metallic taste of fear. Nevertheless, their faith guided them through their problems (often on the battleground) to victory. We too can find victory over fear and an increase of faith if we take steps to remain close to and obedient to God. The best way is through daily, persistent Bible reading, meditation and even memorization. Adding prayer and a heartfelt desire will assure of victory every time.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

God is faithful. His Word offers us 365 Bible references about being unafraid. That’s one a day for a year that we can rely on to remain strong and courageous. No matter what battles we face, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, we can be sure that He will give us victory. We have no reason to fear.

Lord, forgive us when we’ve allowed fear to immobilize us and weaken our faith. Give us freedom from fear and the desire and boldness to walk in faith. Help us keep our eyes on Jesus, our strength and salvation. In His name, amen.

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