How to Choose Faith Over Fear in These Uncertain Times

As I was falling asleep last night, the Lord brought to mind something from a chapter in my book that highlights events currently going on throughout the world.

Excerpt from LESSON 5: WARRIOR:

I recently watched a movie, Tomorrowland, with the central theme of the power of the thought and intention of a single person. The heroine, a teenage girl named Casey Newton, was able to save the world by believing things could be changed for the better. In the movie, the world is mere days away from complete destruction.

The source of the world’s impending doom is the projection of the entire population’s belief in the upcoming end of the world. The only person who is looking for solutions and believes that the world can be saved is Casey. The rest of the population is driven to wholeheartedly embrace their own destruction by a machine that is broadcasting their impending demise. The more the people embrace the message being broadcast to their subconscious, the more their thoughts and subsequent actions actually empower and create the doomsday message they have been fed.

Strangely enough, the people gravitate toward a message spreading doom. The viewer wonders why they wouldn’t reject that message and choose hope instead. As the evil character, David Nix, who is broadcasting the negative message in hopes of destroying the earth, said, In every moment there’s the possibility of a better future, but you people won’t believe it. And because you won’t believe it you won’t do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this terrible future. You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because that future does not ask anything of you today.”1

The warrior must consciously choose hope over fear. Like Casey in the movie, they must look straight at their mountain of fear and lies and take actions today that will cost them something in return for a better future. The hardest challenge for any warrior is to stand and to continue standing in a posture of belief against all prevailing odds that they will be victorious. The warrior speaks the truth to their mountain and makes the mountain bend to their will.

So, how does all of this work in our everyday lives? I shared earlier that my husband and I had gone through a very harrowing financial downturn a few years ago. As a result of what we experienced, our credit was ruined. Just when we were getting back on our feet and thought that we were turning the corner, we were sued by one of our creditors.

I can’t begin to describe the shock or the wave of abject fear that tried to overwhelm me when we were served with the lawsuit paperwork. The world started spinning, and it was all I could do to keep from losing it. The next morning, the Lord strongly impressed on me that He wanted me to get out of the house and go for a long walk. I was pouring my heart out to God when something on the sidewalk in front of me caught my eye—graffiti.

However, this wasn’t your typical graffiti. When I stopped in front of it, I saw the words, “Be Won.” An angel’s halo was drawn around the top of the “w” in the word “won.” I started to calm down. I kept walking and turned left at the next corner. There, in front of me again, was the “Be Won” graffiti. At this point, I had to laugh out loud. I knew the battle I was facing had just begun, but God was making it extremely clear that He had already won the battle on my behalf. From that moment on, the instant that fear or anxiety tried to creep up on me, I announced in my head, “Be won. This battle has already been won!”

[1] The Internet Movie Database. 2017. “Tomorrowland Quotes.” http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1964418/quotes?item=qt2498059.

This is an excerpt of the book, Lessons From God by Tanya Vezza.
Copyright © 2018-2020 Tanya Vezza | All Rights Reserved.

…In case you were wondering, the situation ended in our favor. I had faced one of the scariest experiences of my life, but I kept going, and I had come through the other side triumphant because I did not quit. Equally as important in determining the outcome, was replacing fear with faith and speaking that over our life.

I know there is a lot of fear and uncertainty in the world right now. The best posture we can take at this time is one of Faith. Hope is our only way forward.

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