Overcoming Fear with Faith
By Gary Estacio
Good morning once more my precious brethren. I thank the Lord for His mercy, faithfulness and grace towards each one of us. Until now, as far as I know, none of us is infected by the disease, my prayer is for God to continue to protect us until this is over, so that by the time we see each other again, everyone is alive and well. I missed our fellowship so much, praise God for the opportunity to worship together via facebook live, I hope and pray that everyone of you is uplifted, encouraged through the preachings of our Pastor, as well as from the
exhortations of our pastoral staff and Elders. Today, it’s my turn again to encourage you from the word of God. As you go through this short exhortation, may our faithful Lord bless you immensely from His word. God bless.
Overcoming Fear with Faith
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You”.
Psalm 56 is called a Michtam of David. Michtam is regarded as denoting a composition so precious worthy to be engraven in a durable tablet for preservation, or a “Psalms so precious as stamped gold”. I pray that this Psalm would also be precious to us just like all the other enduring words of God for us.
David composed this song when he fled from Saul and the Philistines captured him in Gath as recorded in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. It deals with the time period between his visit to the tabernacle at Nob and His arrival at Adullam. David was alone, desperate, fearing for his life and not thinking too clearly. Yet, he still managed to cry to the Lord in a form a Psalm.
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You”.
Confidence in the Lord is a deliberate decision, replacing our emotional reaction to a difficult circumstance. How can fear engulf me when God is on my side? David saw his precarious situation, and it was enough for him, the brave warrior to be afraid. Yet he did not succumb to it, because he had put his trust in the Lord. It is prudent to be cautious in the face of imminent danger. We would not walk in the streets right now without protection to see if God would spare us from disease infection. That would be tantamount to testing God. We must take precautionary measures to the best of our ability and pray that God would do the rest.
In this Psalm, we will see that David applied faith to his fear. Similarly, with so much uncertainty we are facing right now, we can apply faith to our fears knowing that God is on our side.
Firstly, Let us remember these four unchanging truths that comes along with our Salvation in Christ:
1. God loves us and gave up Himself for us
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.
“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
2. God knows exactly what is going on in our lives
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
3. God is in full control, nothing is impossible with God
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
“Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
4. We can trust God that what He does is only for our good and for His glory
“And we know that [a]God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”.
Secondly, let us be deliberate in thanking God for the things that we cannot lose as believers. More often, we easily focus our being grateful to God on material prosperity, and the quality of life that are wonderful to have but goes out easily. Great health is a good blessing, but sickness can take it away. Loving family and wonderful friendships can be disrupted by death when we least expect it. Fulfilling jobs and bustling businesses could be today and gone tomorrow, as we aptly observed with the lockdown we have.
The challenge is not to focus more on the traditional areas of food, family, and friends, let’s focus our thankfulness to God for what we cannot lose.
In Romans 8:35-39, 35 Who will separate us from the love of [a]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
After considering the tribulations and calamities that can strip away the externals from our lives, Paul concluded that none of them “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 39). God’s love is unfailing, unceasing, unchanging, and indisputable.
What we cannot lose:
a. Eternal life
Jn. 10:28 “and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand”
b. Forgiveness of sins
1 Jn. 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
c. God’s presence
Heb. 13:5 “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
d. Access to God’s throne through prayer
Heb. 4:15-16 “ For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
As we navigate through these darks times, fear can overwhelm us, our previous experiences of deliverance may not be enough to alleviate it. David has an illustrious career and it’s permeated with God’s deliverance, yet he feared again for His life at this point. We are like David, every now and then we fear for the things that we cannot control. Yet, like David, we have a decision to make, to overcome our fear with faith, knowing that God is with and in us, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. He already met our greatest need in Christ, how much more in the situation we are having now, though difficult and uncertain, it is still fleeting and will come to pass. God make things happen only for our good and for His glory. Amen.