Faith vs. Fear

Faith vs. Fear
by Jim Kaseman

Faith is a spiritual force from God and fear is a spiritual force from Satan. Both are the exact opposite of each other and are a part of two spiritual laws at work.
LIFE AND DEATH
The two laws are found in Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (in Satan)." A law is defined in Webster's dictionary as an established principle. You can depend on a law to work the same way every time. Once you understand that these two laws are exact opposites of each other then you'll be able to combat fear (Satan) successfully.
THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH IN SATAN includes THE CURSE: fear, sin, and death, sickness and disease, poverty, worry and anxiety, hate and demons.
THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS INCLUDES THE BLESSINGS: Faith, Life and Righteousness, Healing and Divine Health, Prosperity, The Peace ofGod, Love and Angelic Powers.
SATAN CANNOT CREATE
Satan is a fallen angel. Like all angelic beings, he has no creative power. HE CANNOT CREATE: HE CAN ONLY DESTROY. He can only work with the things already created. He cannot go into the spirit world and bring in a force we have never heard of (1 Cor. 10-13).
When Satan became the illegitimate step-father of mankind through Adam's high treason, he received Adam's authority over the spiritual laws in the earth. He did not put any spiritual law into motion; but he perverted the laws that were already there. Sin was not a new law; it was righteousness perverted. Death was life perverted. Hate was love perverted. Fear was faith perverted. BUT THEN CAME CALVARY! Jesus made Himself subject to the law of sin and death. HE DEFEATED Satan at his own game. In Revelation 1:17-18 Jesus said, "Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." SATAN HAS BEEN DETHRONED. He has no real authority.
How does Satan operate if his authority has been taken away? The same way the Mafia operates in the U.S. The Mafia had no legal right and authority to operate here, so they use lies, deception and intimidation. By deceiving a believer, he can steal the believer's authority and use it against him.
Satan challenges God's faith-giving promises with fear. He challenges God's Word with fear. The promises of God have been given to cover everything in existence to mankind. Chapter one in Second Peter says that everything pertaining to life and godliness is covered by the great and precious promises of the Word. If Satan can get you into an area of fear, he can keep you from operating on those promises.
FEAR USED TO CONTROL
The main thing I want you to realize is the part fear plays in Satan'stactics. HE USES FEAR TO CONTROL AND DOMINATE. HE CANNOT AFFECT YOU WITHOUT THE FORCE OF FEAR JUST AS GOD CANNOT AFFECT YOU WITHOUT THE FORCE OF FAITH. Fear is so much a part of daily life that we don't even realize it most of the time. I am not referring so much to the extreme fears that occur as a result of sudden shock; but to the fears that people act on unknowingly every day. Satan uses these little fears every way possible to keep people under his control.
The force of fear works in the human body even without our awareness. It is a spiritual force so it can operate in the flesh without being detected. People of God act on the force of fear so proficiently that it goes unchecked.
FEAR AND FAITH CANNOT OPERATE AT THE SAME TIME. They are both spiritual forces. When one is acted on, it takes ascendancy and negates the other one.Fear will produce sickness and disease in your body the same way faith produces healing. People who are desperately sick are also desperately afraid. Job said, "That which I have so greatly feared has come upon me." Fear will bring bondage. Romans 8:15 says, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father."
Hebrews 2:13-14 says, "Forasmuch then as children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
The phrase "fear of death" does not justmean a fear of dying. There is more to it than that. It is referring to the law of sin and death, which covers everything that destroys and steals from you. When you operate under that law, fear is manifested in all its forms to bring sickness and disease, financial failure, worry and death. The law of Sin and Death produces all failure.
REDEEMED FROM FEAR
FREEDOM FROM FEAR IS PART OF OUR REDEMPTION. Isaiah 53:7 in referring to Jesus on the cross says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted." Isaiah 54:14 says, "In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear; and from terror; for it shall not come near thee."
God has established us in righteousness through the shed blood of Jesus. He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. That righteousness, or right standing with the Father, opens the door to our complete freedom.
OPPRESSION COMES FROM FEAR. Acts 10:38 says that "Jesus went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Jesus healed ALL THAT WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL. Satan's number one weapon is fear, and he uses that weapon to bring oppression and afflictionto the Body of Christ. Fear is enforced by an active realm of evil spirits. When you give them an avenue to operate in your life, they will move in and bring their bondage with them.
DON'T YIELD TO FEAR
Fear will work against you at every opportunity. By giving thought, speech,and action to it, the force of fear will work proficiently. It will work inyou as long as you allow it to; but you can also put a stop to it andits effect to your spirit, soul and body. 1 JOHN 4:18 says, "...perfect love casteth out fear." According to 2 Timothy 1:7, "...we have not been given a spirit of fear; but of power, of love and a sound mind." QUIT PRACTICING FEAR. Quit giving place to it. The worst thing you can do is act on fear. If you see it rising up within you in any way, take authority over it. CAST DOWN that imagination that would exalt itself against the knowledge (the Word) of God.
Fear is NOT a natural force to the born again believer. First John 4:16-18 tells us "...we are of God. God is in us and we are in him." God is Love.THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE. Love casts out fear. Faith is natural to us. Not fear. Fear has to be received through the mind. As we act on the Word (1John 2:5, 4:18) fear is kicked out. It is dominated by faith.
LET'S PRAY
Make the decision to live free of fear. Ask God to reveal the areas in yourlife where you are acting in fear. It is the little foxes that spoil the vine, so be watching for those little fears and get rid of them by the authority of God's Word. Join me now in this prayer:
"Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask You to open my eyes to any areas of fear in my life. I make the decision now and refuse to act on fear or practice it in any way. I believe that Your wisdom will flow in me and I will be able to handle every situation that confronts me. I confess that I have been delivered from the fear of death. I am free from oppression, from fear, from terror. THEY HAVE NO PLACE IN ME. I receive the peace that passes all understanding to manifest itself in my life, in Jesus' Name. Amen.


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