Dr. Charles Stanley Says


Choosing Faith over Fear

These days, there are plenty of reasons to fear. Our world seems to be in a continuous state of war and crisis. The jobs market is dismal, natural disasters wreak havoc, and stories of crime dominate the headlines. As Christians, we know that fear should have no place in our lives, but how can we ignore what’s going on around us?
Basically, there are two paths you can walk: faith or fear. It’s impossible to simultaneously trust God and not trust God. Another way of saying this is that you cannot both obey and disobey Him–partial obedience is disobedience. So, which road are you traveling?
Some people who read the Bible and believe in God nevertheless choose to live with fear. Seeing others experience hardship, they start wondering if it could happen to them: Someone at my office lost his job; will I be next? Someone died in an accident–I could die too. But this kind
of “logic” places your circumstances above your relationship to God.
If Satan can get you to think like this, he has won the battle for your mind. But when you focus on God rather than your circumstances, whatever the situation is, you win.  The Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7).
Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit www.intouch.org.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2009 All Rights Reserved.

21 thoughts on “Dr. Charles Stanley Says

  1. Wow – God must be speaking to me on the subject of fear, because I keep getting the same messages! My daily devotion was based on this two times this week! Thanks, Terry 🙂


  2. Terry, I think now days we all struggle with this, especially with the growing persecution of Christians around the world, and even in this country. I think what eases our fear is not looking at what is happening around us, but focusing on what is to come for those who believe in Jesus and have given their lives to him. We know that as these things grow the promise of being raptured to heaven to be with Jesus is also growing closer. I know that we may face some trials before than, and as one who has been a Girl Scout I admit I am a prepper that wants to be prepared for anything that comes our way. But I have another reason, and that is to prepare for those I love who may be left behind. I know when the Rapture happens, my daughters who aren’t Christians, my family members who aren’t, and my friends who aren’t will come looking for me to see if I’m gone, and when they realize that our home is empty, they will be frightened. I want them to know what has happened, and what is going to come in the Tribulation, and I want them to have something to help them survive. I feel that time is near, and I try not to focus on how it will affect me but how it will affect those I love who don’t have God’s blessed assurance of going to Heaven in the twinkling of an eye. They might now believe me when I talk about it now, but one day they will believe because it will be too late for them. So I prepare for them, because I love them.


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