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Faith to defeat fear comes by hearing God’s word

Sheldon Livesay • Apr 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

Years ago, without knowing it, the Lord led me to activate a scriptural principle that has been of great help, comfort and strength to me during times of uncertainty and stress. It is also a principle I have learned rescues some Christians against our tendency to fear.

I would read scripture, but since I am a high-energy person, I had a hard time keeping my mind focused on what I was reading. My mind would drift. When I noticed my mind had started drifting, I began speaking the scripture out loud. When I found scriptures applicable to a current situation, it almost seemed something in me rose up to speak those words with greater rigor.

The more I spoke scriptures of faith, the more faith was building inside. Then one day the Lord helped put two and two together as a favorite pastor preached a message, faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. Faith comes by hearing God’s word preached or spoken. Bingo, the lights came on.

It finally dawned on me why situations and events that brought fear in some people seemed to stir my faith to higher and higher levels. I would read out loud those familiar passages for a given situation and God would carry me to a place above the storm on the wings of faith.

For instance, during the time of this virus epidemic, Psalm 91:10 says, “No evil with befall me, neither will any plague come nigh my dwelling.” Verses like these are promises of God. So I speak the verses out loud, because God says it builds my faith to receive God’s promise.

Believing scripture God breathed helps understand how important it is to hear God’s word that applies to your circumstances and build your faith to overcome your fear.

The Rev. Sheldon Livesay is director of Of One Accord in Rogersville.

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