Faith Over Fear – Alaina Allen
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
This is one of my favorite verses. Psalm 27:1 continually reminds me that I don’t need to fear anything. Times come where I feel too overpowered by the world. I feel like an ant trying to take refuge from a rainstorm. My fear is that the rain will become so frequent that a tsunami wipes me out and drowns me. Everyone has something to fear or be anxious about, but why do we fear these things in our lives when we know that God is bigger than them? Another great Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10, which says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We don’t need to fear because He (God) is with us. When we fear, we feel weak and powerless. God says that He will “uphold” us and “strengthen” us. It’s amazing to think that when we fear God, we become stronger, but when we fear the world and Satan we become weaker. Usually, we lean towards fearing the world because those fears are generally tangible. Let’s begin with the main topic of this blog; faith over fear.
Throughout my life, I battled vision loss. There have been times where I was completely blind. I’ve had three major surgeries; plasmapheresis, a medical port at age 11, and a new medical port at age 15. Many times I have had to stay in the hospital for days or weeks. Through these faith pressuring moments, I try to continue to keep my eyes on God through whatever life throws at me.
It is well known now that this new virus going around (the Coronavirus) is inducing fear into many aspects of our lives. We fear to leave home just to visit a friend, we fear to touch a package after it had just arrived at our homes, and most of all, we are afraid that while watching the news, we will see a familiar name on the screen that has just become a victim of the Coronavirus. We all should know very well that there is something, someone, bigger and mightier than this virus, and that is God. God is the only one that can vanquish the virus. I know for a fact that if God can bring sight to the blind, cause the deaf to hear, raise the dead from the grave, and change lives for the good, He can surely save us from this virus, but we need to do one thing first. We need to stop looking at the towering waves that we fear that will crash over us, stop getting distracted by the tricks, lies, deceit, and anxiety this world has in store for us, and we need to focus on the one who can do the impossible. Fear can’t get us to do the impossible. It can’t even accomplish the possible things. Faith towers over fear, making fear look like a mere ant. If we just have faith, we can most definitely move mountains!
Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Faith in God can make the impossible possible. Only through God can we move mountains. Why would we ever want to fear anything, anyone, but God? If God is grander and stronger than anything and anyone, how come we fear these earthly pawns that try to make us afraid of everything? Spreading fear to everyone is one of Satan’s gifts per say. He knows how to make even the toughest person paralysed with fear. Satan comes only to steal, kill, and to destroy! He tricks us into thinking of the most horrible scenarios that could happen in our lives by giving us anxiety, but there’s a way we can avoid all of this anxiety. Some people resort to taking medications for anxiety, but the true miracle working medicine that we’ve been searching everywhere for is God.
Peace in the Storm
“There’s a peace far beyond all understanding. May it ever set my heart at ease. Dare anxiety come, I’ll remember that peace is a promise You keep. Peace is a promise You keep.” – Peace by Hillsong Young and Free
What fear fails to remember is that peace is a promise that God keeps. Despite the storms, chaos, and hardships, peace is always a promise God keeps. No matter the circumstances that lay in front of us, peace is a promise He keeps. Fear can no longer dwell. There’s no room for fear. There’s only room for peace. May fear be thrown into the depths of the deepest ocean! Our faith in God and His promised peace will give us the victory over fear. All you need to do is continue to have faith, no matter the trails, and pray. Pray for peace. Pray for the strength to battle each trial. Once you ask God, He will be there to hold your hand through every step. Don’t just pray when you need God’s help or when something terribly wrong happens, but pray every day. Not when you feel like it! I’ll end this blog with a prayer to start the change reaction of prayer warriors;
God, thank you so much for everything you have done in my life and everyone else’s lives. Thank you for being there. Thank you for wanting to help in times of crisis and in times of despair. You are so good! God, please intervene in our lives today and everyday. Don’t allow fear and anxiety to control us. Keep your promise of spreading peace. I know I can find peace in you. God, please just guide our steps into triumph over this new and scary crisis. Only you can do it. Only you can truly bring a peace that surpasses all understanding! Thank you God for your love and support through this pandemic. In Your son’s name I pray, amen.
Written by Olivia Mancini