Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

What is fear?

My pastor uses the acronym for fear: False Evidences Appearing Real.

Is fear the opposite of faith? That’s what I was thinking about this morning, but I don’t think fear is the opposite of faith. I think that fear is misplaced faith. See faith is the substance of things hope for the evidence of things not seen. It is meant to give us hope for the future. Fear is believing in those evidences that are not true that causes us to be afraid of what is to come. It is a bondage that keeps you in paranoia and anxiety. You can have faith in those things that you fear. Faith in the thought that you will not succeed. Faith in the detriment of sickness. Faith in the darkness. Faith in the idea that you will never be financially liberated.

When we repeat those false evidences to ourselves- “I’ll never be healed”, “I’ll never make it out of this situation”, ‘I’ll never have money”-we are internalizing them. Rather than believing in healing, believing for freedom, believing for prosperity. Rather than believing in the promises within Psalm 23 – that you shall not want, that you are being led, that goodness and mercy follow you. That God is with you. He is in this. Where you are right now, God is there. Working in and around the situation. Working in your favor.

That is the faith that I am choosing to walk in now. No longer falling into the trap of those false evidences, delusions, that cause me to feel anxiety, worry and doubt. Those false evidences and delusions that strip me of my confidences. Rather than living in that dark space, I am choosing to see who God says I am.

I am his child, blessed and highly favored. I am walking confidently with faith in the power of the Holy Spirit on my side.

So God I just thank you for the promises within David’s song. The promise that you are with me. That you lead me, you cause me to rest, you defend me, you follow me. Lord I choose you. I choose to see you. I choose to live for you. I choose to trust you. Continue to work so deep within me that faith overflows from me. Lord I pray for freedom from fear, for your word says that is not the spirit that you have given me. Lord your spirit is one of power, love and a sound mind. Thank you for blessing me with confidence and peace. May it dwell forever more in me as I seek to abide in you. I pray the same for anyone reading this who needs it. May it be used for the glory of your kingdom. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

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