“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
“Above all else.” That’s a pretty significant directive! And we are wise to check what is residing in that well-spring of our hearts. Among the many things we find in our hearts there will always be one of two very specific things in the lead. Faith or Fear. One will always be on the top of the heap. They cannot both occupy the same place.
If faith resides in your well-spring, peace will pour out with confidence in God’s care for you, even in the midst of uncertain times.
If fear resides there, anxiety and discouragement will be the natural outward flow.
Faith or Fear. Every day we choose; many times a day.
This Advent season take some time to ponder what rises to the surface in your well spring. Faith over-rides Fear. Fear over-rides Faith.
God tells us exactly what to do when fear grips our hearts and takes over our minds. Left unchecked it can scatter our faith like confetti in the wind and leave us anchorless in the storms of life. Above all else, guard that well spring. God gives very specific instruction how:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
Worry is a call to prayer. Your faith and trust in God will over-ride your fear. His peace will actually put a guard around your heart and mind so fear cannot over run you. It’s supernatural and it’s real.
Father God, I confess that fear is often my first response to challenges that come my way. May I be conscious today of choosing to trust You with every detail of my life. Help me to have faith to leave the question marks in Your control and to trust You to carry me and sustain me with Your peace that is beyond understanding. Today I choose to put my trust in You. Fill my heart with childlike faith. I ask in the strong name of Jesus, amen.
By Gail Rodgers
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