Faith Over Fear
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (Greek, apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
apología (apó, "from" and lógos, "intelligent reasoning") – properly, a well-reasoned reply; a thought-out response to adequately address the issue(s) that is raised.
To argue or debate is not the goal. Why? Because it is possible to win the argument, while at the same time, lose the soul. But rather, as Christian influencers, it needs to be our gracious focus to give well-reasoned replies to those who ask about our faith in Jesus. Therefore, use these narratives to best share the heart behind your Overwear.
1.) Fear and faith cannot occupy the same space. Fear says, "I am perishing because of this trial." Faith says, "I know God is prospering me through this trial." You see, if the devil can get you to fear, he can get you to fail. But with faith in its rightful place, God’s plan in your life will prevail. Choose faith over fear. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).
2.) We're either moving in fear or we are moving in faith, but we cannot move in both. You see, just as God works through faith, the devil works through fear. Therefore, let faith, not fear, determine your actions and reactions to all of life's situations. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear...." (II Timothy 1:7).
3.) Fear is a liar. Faith is a fueler. Choose faith over fear. “‘Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’” (Isaiah 41:10).
4.) The fact of faith will always be stronger than the feeling of fear. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).