Faith over Fear!
In this sermon, we will be answering the questions; How do I rise above fear? How do I rise above anxiety? How do I cope with loss? There is a different yardstick when measuring success beyond physical strength and that is motivation. As believers, God uses Faith as a source of motivation to push us to be equipped for whatever might come our way. John 16:33. So when as a believer, trials still surprise you, you still have a lot to learn.
God has equipped us for victory, by first letting us know that we will have tribulations and secondly letting us know that we have overcome the world in spite of troubles. Psalm 23:1-4. There are two types of people in this life – The Davids and the Josephs. Many believers prefer to be like David who from his father’s house moved into the palace. But then there is Joseph, who despite had a dream that he would rule over his brethren, but instead moved from a pit to Potiphar’s house, to prison before finally getting to the palace. While both men had different paths, God was working in both men, but many of us don’t see that.
The process doesn’t in any way deter God’s initial plan for you. Romans 8:28 God works in all the situations of our life for good, not that all the situations will be good. The question to ask now is, what if all the trials and tribulations we go through are for our good? Hebrews 11 shows us all sides of faith, the positives (to gain) and the negatives (to lose). Many of us only look at faith in the positives and not in the negatives.
However, faith is anything that you have to do in the name of Jesus. Hebrews 11 was teaching on tenacity in the face of trials – Hebrews 10:32-39; 11; 12:1-4. We are to trust God with our lives so that even in trials, we stand firm in His word to believe that if God gave me this thing, he can provide for me over and over again. We are not afraid of those things that can only kill our bodies, for we reckon that the sufferings of this present time cannot be compared with the Glory that shall be revealed in us. 2 Timothy 1:7