Imagine FEAR as a ‘strong man’ whose aim is to stop you from moving forward, or achieving your goals. Whereas FAITH does exactly the opposite; You need faith (or courage) to overcome your fears and achieve success in your endeavours.
“The best things in life are always on the other side of your fear”Steve Harvey.
Fear is a negative emotion or thought which has the ability to paralyse you completely from taking action forward – It is usually based on an emotional perception that something may go wrong. Hence the acronym for fear defined as; F – false, E – Evidence, A – Appearing, R – Real. A good example is the sort of fear you feel when you want to do something outside your comfort zone, such as public speaking.
Fear is conceived in your mind based on your perceived inabilities. This perception automatically triggers off the emotions of fear which could paralyse you from fulfilling your goal. Fear is the umbilical cord that connects its victim with negative emotions (i.e worry, anxiety or panic), this is the conduit that births the situation you have so fearfully perceived.
Faith, on the other hand, is a phenomenal concept. It is the opposite of fear, the only effective antidote to fear, and its the umbilical cord (or conduit) that connects you to hope, courage and victory. Fear and faith cannot dwell together as one will always give way to the other. However, the great news is that you have the ability within you to resist your fears and choose faith. FEAR connects you to a death cycle while FAITH connects you to hope and life which brings health, sound mind and ultimately success. Which will you rather choose? The scripture admonishes;
‘I set before you life and death… Therefore choose life’ Deuteronomy 30:19
Your thoughts (Positive or negative) will create your personality and who you become;
Your thoughts are not invisible things as we generally believe, rather your thoughts produce real energy and create pictures or images in your mind (subconscious), just as the words you speak, your thoughts will eventually reproduce into the physical what your mind has been creating (or thinking). As the wise King Solomon states;
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he – Proverbs 27:3
The truth is we are life co – creators based on our thoughts, words and the corresponding actions we take. For instance, if you start a new role in an organisation and then begin to think that the role is too good for you and it may not be long before you lose the job. The first chance the organisation gets to downsize or remove someone, guess what, you will make that list. You have not prophesied or predicted the future, but the negative thoughts you planted as a seed and nurtured in your mind just bore equivalent fruits.
Offence comes as a seed and your heart will grow whatever you plant in it – B.Winston
In the same vain, when you plant positive thoughts you will bear more desirable and positive fruits always. Therefore, you must learn to guard and guide your thoughts to work for you.
Your words are real things and will produce what you speak, especially when you speak with emotions in your heart, even if you are joking. Therefore, BEWARE what you speak, as your words will return its physical equivalent. Meaning you can literary speak life or death to yourself or your circumstance. As King Solomon states;
‘Life and death are in the power of the tongue’ Proverbs 18:21
I was listening to a video where a well known man was commending his beautiful wife during a presentation, explaining why he loves her dearly. He went on to say as a side statement, that he has lived well with her and intends to die with her (He said this emotionally, albeit jokingly). A couple years later they were both dead although both still in their prime:( and guess what, they died together just as the man had emotionally expressed in his words. This is the power of words, it was not a prophesy.
To understand the power of what you speak or your words, is to understand the ability you have to create the results you want to have in your life.
From the fruit of his lips, a man will be filled with good things as surely as the works of his hands reward him’ Proverbs 12:14
Words are like fruits from your lips!
Amazing!! This indicates that your words are fruits you are producing from your mouth – (Good or Bad ones). Your words will surely reward you with a corresponding result just as the amount of physical effort you put into your work will give you a corresponding result. In other words, you can succeed or fail based on (The fruit of your mouth) – the words you speak to yourself or about your circumstance.
Fear is like an incubator or processor where negative thoughts or imaginations breed or develop to form its equivalent in the physical form – Similar to a photo processor or dark room where the negative image of a picture is developed to produce the authentic photo.
In other words, the negative thoughts and pictures you have formed in your mind due to your fears will be reproduced physically if you do not push to get rid of them.
You can find hope in the midst of fear!
Allowing an atmosphere of fear to persist, is the first trigger that invites trouble into your life, family or work. An atmosphere of fear will permit the reasons for which you are afraid to enter, fester and mature to the point of manifestation. Whereas, overcoming your fears will give you renewed confidence and improve your self-esteem.