Fear is a serious roadblock on our way to victorious living. Fear is the exact opposite of faith, so you cannot be in faith when fear is in your heart.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
These verses are so powerful, and there’s so much in them. When we are in doubt, or unbelief, or fear, we are unstable. We are just being tossed back and forth between the natural and the supernatural. Fear and doubt on the one side (the natural) and hope and faith on the other (the supernatural). On the natural side, we will only receive what’s in the natural. But when we decide to walk by faith, we can receive the supernatural. In the natural, there is no way out of our current situation. By faith, you can receive the impossible.
We cannot receive from God when we aren’t fully assured that He can and will do what He says He will do. We cannot receive the healing Jesus paid for with His stripes if we have doubt. We cannot live in the victory Christ won for us if we see ourselves as losers instead of victors. We need to know without a doubt who we are, and who God is. Otherwise, we will be in fear and unbelief and the enemy can deceive us.
We might not be receiving from God simply because we don’t believe. This verse clearly says we will not receive anything from the Lord by doubting. It doesn’t say because God doesn’t want us well, or that He does not want to prosper us. It’s not God holding back (Psalm 84:11)! It’s us blocking the answer or provision. We aren’t the sick trying to get healed. We are the HEALED. The doctor’s report, the symptoms, the pain, they are all just false evidence appearing real (FEAR). The truth is by His stripes you WERE healed (I Peter 2:24). I may not feel healed, but faith is not a feeling. I walk by faith, not by sight or feelings.
I have decided that there is no room for fear in my home. We are a family of faith, not fear. We are a family who serves the Lord. We are a family who won’t receive the negative report from a doctor. We are a family who won’t live by the world’s standards. We are a family who won’t be moved by the circumstances. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are the generation of the upright. We are a family of faith. There is no room for fear. As the wife and mother of my home, I can cultivate the culture of my home. I want to create and cultivate a home or culture of faith. I want there to be a peace that overwhelms people when they walk through my front door. I cannot do that if I allow fear into my heart. I want my daughter to think it’s weird to not live by faith. I want my daughter to grow up with an expectation of miracles and healings. I want her to think that seeing the impossible happen is normal. I want her to think it’s strange when someone does not get healed right away. I want her to look beyond the circumstances and to not even pay attention to anything that’s not faith. And I can’t give her that if I am fearful.
One day I prayed this over my home, and I’m going to add it to my daily routine:
This is a home of faith. Fear has no place here. Fear must leave. It is not welcome in this house of faith. We are a family who believes God’s Word and receives what He gives freely. We are not moved. We are a house built upon the Rock which is Jesus Christ. We are a family of faith.