I have written on this topic before because it is important. Today it is imperative that Christians understand the difference between living in fear and living in faith. Today this topic is personal. Recently, a Christian I trusted to follow the way of Christ broke that trust. I don’t believe she did it out of malice. In hindsight, I see that she reacted out of fear. I wonder how this woman, as well as many other Christians, claim to have faith yet still live in so much fear. Jesus taught that fear and faith cannot exist in the same place.
Fear causes damage. I’m not claiming to be immune to fear because I’ve experienced more than my share of it. I startle just as easily as the next person does. However, I got tired of living in fear and remaining a victim. Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” Unfortunately, many Christians cause damage because they believe the lies and react in fear rather than respond by faith.
Scripture teaches in John 5, that a man who was an invalid sat by a healing pool. A great number of disabled people were there, the blind, the lame and the paralyzed. This man had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The man replied, “Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I’m trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”
Jesus asks the same question today. Do you want to get well? Are you going to choose healing or are you going to remain a victim for the rest of your life? I am a survivor of physical, emotional, sexual and ritualistic abuse. At one point in my life, I saw myself as a victim. I lived in fear. That is, until the day I met a man who shined the healing light of Jesus for me. He pointed me toward faith instead of fear and I am no longer a victim. He told me what Jesus told the man by the pool. “Pick up your mat and walk. Stop living from a place of fear and have faith.” Today, that man I love and respect—the man I see as a true follower of the Way of Christ, was falsely accused—simply because of one person’s fear. The damage was done and Holy Spirit grieves. Yet like Jesus, the accused man lives by faith and prays for his accuser and the woman still paralyzed by fear.
Jesus asks again today. Will you remain the victim, or will you trust in the One who helps you walk into the light of faith? Will you continue to cause damage because you react out of fear or will you make a difference as a true follower of Christ and live by faith? Fear vs. Faith. The choice is yours—and yours alone.