But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” — Luke 2:10-11
This column is back by popular demand, so if you need to save it so that you, too, can be reminded of the goodness of the Lord, do so! What great things could happen in our lives if we would continue to stand on these promises today? What was the first thing the angel told the shepherd? “Do not be afraid.” This command is still valid today. We are charged to not be afraid. Fear is faith in reverse. Fear opens the door to our enemy.
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.
God didn’t create us with a “fear gene.” Fear didn’t enter the garden until sin entered. Fear is from the enemy, pure and simple. The first time we find fear in the Bible is after Adam and Eve ate the fruit they had been commanded not to eat. Suddenly, when they heard God walking through the garden, the God who they had communed with daily before, they hid themselves because they were ashamed and afraid.
When fear is in action, one has decided that you cannot have whatever it is you want; you see the goal going in the other direction. Your goal moves away from you when you have fear. Fear and faith cannot and will not operate simultaneously. The minute you begin to feel fear, your goal moves backward. That’s your non-belief at work.
When you say you “can’t believe” you got the job, you are offering up some negativity, and you may forfeit it. We must practice speaking in the positive rather than the negative.
Another example is when someone is planning an event. As you’re planning, you say something like, “We can’t have an empty room, we’ve really got to get some people out to this event.” Well the “empty room” part of your comment will attract exactly what it is you’re saying. If instead you would say “the room will be filled for this event” and begin to be thankful for a filled room; then you’re speaking life into your event. You will be speaking for a point of faith rather than fear.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. — Proverbs 18:21.
When you examine your level of faith, all you need to do is look at your crop and what is it that you’ve been able to produce. Makes you look at who planted the crop, doesn’t it?
All you need to do is look in the mirror. It was you. This is telling it like it is. It’s called “straight talk.”
It’s the truth that tells the mind what is really wrong. It’s not the economy, it’s not the elected officials, it’s not the government — it’s you!
Like the old Negro spiritual says, “It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord. Standing in the need of prayer; It’s me, it’s me, oh Lord. Standing in the need of prayer; Not my mother, not my father; But it’s me, oh Lord; Standing in the need of prayer.”
It’s not what’s going on, on the outside that’s the problem, it’s what’s going on within. This is dealing in straight talk. There will be a time when each of you must press toward the mark, but as you do so, keep your eyes toward your future — faith is the unseen. Scripture says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and it is the evidence of things not seen.” Don’t put your faith in reverse!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.