The Enemy of Faith is not Disbelief. It's Fear.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”(NIV)
Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (NIV)
Isaiah 41:10,13 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. (NIV)
Isaiah 54:4,5 (NIV)
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband-the Lord Almighty is his name-The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” (NIV)
Romans 8:15 (NIV)
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship [or daughtership]. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (NIV)
Luke 1:30 (NIV)
But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. (NIV)
Matthew 14:27 (NIV)
"But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage; it is I. Do not be afraid.” (NIV)
Matthew 14:27-31 (NIV)
27 “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come, “he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith, “he said, “why did you doubt?”
The enemy of faith is not disbelief. It’s fear.
Big idea: Faith is belief that God is greater than...Fear is belief that God is less than…
1. What keeps us living in fear?
a. Falsehood / Lies
2. How to Overcome
a. Recognize the truth
b. Vocalize your faith
c. Act on your faith
Faith is established by belief, but it’s solidified by action.
3. Hebrews 11 - Hall of Faith Chapter