Fear Is An Enemy of Your Faith


According to dictionary.com, enemy is defined as a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent. Spiritually speaking, 1 Peter 5:8-9 tells us “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Satan is the believer’s enemy. He has and will continue to use fear to derail our faith, to sabotage our walk with God. Let’s get acquainted with the notion that Fear Is An Enemy of Your Faith. We know Jesus addressed this with His disciples when they, in reference to healing a demon possessed man, asked “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”  Here is Jesus response – “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

Faith is the agent that frees us from the clutches of sin; therefore, we should work in concert with God to protect and build our faith especially because we know that Fear Is An Enemy of Your Faith. Let’s go back to Matthew 17.

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

In the beginning of Matthew 17, we see the Transfiguration of Jesus (crf – Mark 9:2). Here is where the disciples (Peter, James and John, James’ brother) should begin to really understand who Jesus is. They are the ones chosen to go up the mountain with Jesus. They are the ones who heard God say “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Those three should have been true believers after hearing God tell them to listen to him!; yet, Jesus had to encounter their unbelief which is why He said, 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”

Jesus was frustrated with the disciples’ lack of faith especially after God had just encouraged yet directed them to listen to Jesus which implies obedience. We know that Jesus had given the disciples authority to cast out demons (Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:17), but in this situation, they were not successful. It may have had something to do with this demon being more powerful than their previous encounter; however, He tells them if they had the faith the size of a mustard seed they could move mountains. Here they showed that Fear Is An Enemy of Your Faith.

Other than our souls, our faith is the most precious thing to God because it is the one thing that gives us access to Him and His blessings from His promises. Fear Is An Enemy of Your Faith. Let’s combat our fears by finding promises that dispel the lies of our fears.

What do you fear the most at this time in your life? Find a promise from God and confront your fears to build your faith.

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