Discussion: Trapped in Fear or Moved in Faith!
Belinda M. Lane
January 28, 2022
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale.
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. We cannot change it without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein.
How do you respond as you are looking around in our world and things are not what we want? What are you going to do to change your world, the surrounding things? Change our thoughts, change our world. Do we believe this? Let’s think about this! When I look at my finances, what do I think? The weight I have been wanting to lose every year. The goals I’ve set. Why have I not accomplished these things? My thoughts were about changing them.
What thoughts am I trying to manifest into reality? It’s said, if you can dream it, you can achieve it. We say money is preventing us from getting what I want. Is that my true and dominate thought, that money is my reason I’m where I am in my life?
What accompanies our thoughts? How did we get that thought? Are thoughts activated by what we hear? Down through the generations we heard “Fear Not” or “Don’t be Afraid”. An acronym given for fear is “false evidence appearing real”. Still, we accepted fear as a companion throughout society’s past and present. When you drop the f from fear, you have ear. What we hear (again when we add an h to ear, you have the word hear) is words that enter our ear and take residence in our mind.
I prefer to consider our ears to be the doorway of our passage through life. Just as faith comes by hearing, so do fears. We take what we hear and determine how we will use it to map out our life. You can figure out in your own mind how you view fear. Let’s consider some points we most likely can agree on.
Fear has a language of its own and is a master storyteller. It will look within your behavior and create a story. For fear to be effective, it has to be personal, and you have to acknowledge the story.
The story sets up an emotion. Fear demands a reaction, psychologically or physically. Once the storyteller (Fear) is a part of your life, it calls for your participation. Choosing the part of you it will enjoy ruling. We know fear is an effective entity. When we recognize its power to almost (and frequently does) have the ability to paralyze a full-grown person to silence.
I don’t wish to embrace fear, but fear has led some people to achieve extraordinary things with their lives. There is book by Susan Jeffer entitle "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway". There is a healthy side to fear. When we use it to our advantage and not let it become a disadvantage. I need to expose its primary plan, which is failure.
After the storyteller selects the area (s) to highlight, it must validate the story as your belief. In the meantime, other tenants move into your world. We know a lot of them, such as stress, depression, worry and anxiety. I will also call these other tenants’ prowlers; they will weaken your immune system. They invade your mind, creating panic attacks, ulcers, and trigger inappropriate behaviors in many resembling a hostage takeover of their very being.
I like to evaluate words when I look at faith. The letter ‘I’ is in the middle of faith. To move in faith, I have to be in the middle of faith.
Fear has its own language when communicating attacking your confidence and ability in yourself… “You won’t accomplish that…”
Faith moves you and builds confidence in you.
Fear keeps you connected to past failures or disappointments… “You already tried that several times and you failed”.
Faith doesn’t linger in the disappointment, but it can become a lesson learned which can move you forward.
Fear convinces you to put off for today what you can do tomorrow… “Just wait until tomorrow and do it” (and we all know tomorrow never shows up, right? Faith grabs hold of opportunities. Today is the time.
Fear paralyzes you with worry about what others will think of you or what you are doing… “Your friends will laugh at you” or “what are you doing now? No one will support you”.
Faith associates you with ones that will support them.
Some fear is temporary and exist only for a period in your life. Fear can take you off course for a specific accomplishment. An achievement meant to produce long-term benefits for you and for others if pursued.
Where are our History Makers, gifted with ideas? Ideas of producing another approach of understanding or communication through the old methods? Where are the speakers being choked by fear, even though they bear paramount messages for transformation?
Buried in the cemetery are inventions, books, and speeches which never pushed past doubt. We understand a new normal is on the horizon. How will it show up and what will be the sound?
I ask for you to focus inside yourself, single out one area (and there may be only one) and decide. Decide for the very reason you feared is the reason you must achieve it. In your mind, see yourself turning yourself from fear and lock your eyes on faith. Let faith be the eyes you look at and walk by.
My belief is there in a natural realm and a supernatural realm. For those who don’t as I do, don’t lose the message up to this point, go back to my last paragraph and operate from there.
In conclusion, faith comes by hearing, so when I speak faith; faith hears me and comes to me. Now faith carries the substance of the things I hope for and the evidence of the things I cannot see (yet). Since I walk by faith (standing in proximity to), we walk side by side (but in different realms). As we walk side by side together, faith will deliver to my realm the evidence and reality of what I hoped throughout our journey together.
Hebrews 11:1, KJV: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1, NASB: "Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1, NLT: "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."
Thank you for joining me for Friday at Sundown. Remember… Just Breathe!
Thank you for your support (Likes, Shares, Comments)
(Disclaimer: We do not own the rights to the scene in this video)
Victory Talk on Fridays Her life after the trauma: Jacqueline B. Miller (known as Lady J) shares her story is in her book Mosaics… Subtitle: Made from Beautifully Broken Pieces (this book is a collaboration of six (6) authors sharing their stories).
On the web: http://Vlfministrys.org/
Facebook: @victorytalk or https://www.facebook.com/jackie.y.miller
GirlVictorious: Life After Trauma is a blog geared at helping women lead a meaningful, full, and victorious life after going through trauma.
National Domestic Violence Hotline can help victims, survivors of domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-7233. Chat w/an advocate on our website. National Domestic Violence Hotline: www.thehotline.org/
Aid for Military Veterans
In an attempt to cope with the pain of overwhelming emotions, sometimes veterans turn to unhealthy relationships, at-risk behaviors, or substance abuse.
Welcome Home is Celebrate Recovery's (CR) tool to help veterans stuck in hurts, hang-ups, and habits. (These statements are from CR’s Homepage). You are not alone! https://www.welcomehome.celebraterecovery.com