Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Learning to Choose Faith over Fear
In review of Hebrews 11:27 it says, “By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (NIV).
Today’s verse is Hebrews 11:27. It says that it was because he (Moses) trusted God that he left the land of Egypt and wasn’t afraid of the king’s anger. Moses kept right on going; it seemed as though he could see God right there with him. He let his faith and trust in the Lord lead him regardless of the odds he was up against.
Over the past days I have been looking at resolutions to adopt for my life. The first resolution was: Choose to be who God wants me to be. The second resolution was: Choose short-term pain for long-term gain. The third resolution was: Choose God’s values, not the world’s.
Today I explore a fourth resolution Moses made: He chose to live by faith rather than by fear. In my life I’m going to face the same choices as well: Either I’m going to choose to live by faith or I’m going to live by fear.
The Bible says of Moses in Hebrews 11:27, “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (NIV).
Moses went to the most powerful man in the world in his time and said, “You know those slaves that are building all your pyramids? I’m taking them, and we’re all leaving. You’re not going to have slave labor anymore. Let my people go.”
In this situation Moses had every reason to be afraid. He was going up against the most powerful man on the planet at that point. Pharaoh in those days was considered a god, and whatever Pharaoh said, people had to do. What he said was the law. And here comes Moses who says, “We aren’t going to do what you say anymore. I’m not afraid of you because I report to a higher authority.” That act took some guts to pull off!
What I’m learning is that in order to develop this same kind of faith, it requires that I closer get to God. For the closer I get, the more I’m going to be filled with faith. The further away I get, the more I’ll be filled with fear. My faith plays a strong importance in my life. The Bible also says that without faith it is impossible to please God.
If I want something to change in my life, I need to stop complaining and start believing. God is not moved by my complaints. God is moved by my faith: “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV). Given this, I get to choose what he does in my life.
Here’s the key: What matters is not the size of my faith but the size of the God I put it in. A little faith in a big God will result in big results!
Because of your faith you can face things against you. You can trust God.
What this means to me:
I am to let my faith and trust in the Lord lead me regardless of the odds I'm up against.
In summary, I am to let my faith and trust in the Lord lead me, regardless of the odds I'm up against. I need to learn to live by faith and not by fear. Faith is built by getting closer to God. My faith is key, for without faith it is impossible to please God. I need to stop complaining and start believing. God is not moved by my complaints, he is moved by my faith.
Father I pray again for your wisdom and guidance in what I do today. Guide me to be a leader to those around me. Help me in how I communicate to others. I choose to live with integrity, humility, generosity and purpose. I have faith that if I put you first, recognize you and listen to your small voice that I can be someone who can help build your Kingdom and bring you glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!
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