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from JO’s sermon tonight:

all through the day, we have the choice to believe that either God is in control, and good things are in store, or we can go around worried, negative, expecting the worst.  I hear people say, “I’m afraid I’m going to get laid off, my marriage is not going to last, my children are going to get into trouble”;  they don’t realize it, but they’re activating fear instead of faith.  fear and faith have something in common;  they both ask us to believe something is going to happen that we cannot see.  fear says, “that pain in your side is the same thing your grandmother died from, it’s gonna be the end of you”;  faith says, “that pain is not permanent, it’s only temporary.”  fear says, “business is slow, you’re going to go under”;  faith says, “God is supplying all of my needs.”  whatever you meditate on is what’s going to take root;  if you dwell on that fear all day, you let it play again and again in your mind, then you give it a right to become a reality

Job 3:25 (NIV)

25 What I feared has come upon me;
    what I dreaded has happened to me.

fear is using your faith in the wrong direction;  your faith will work in the negative just as well as it will the positive.  just as faith can bring in good things, fear can bring in negative things;  when you go around worried, expecting the worst, it’s like you’re inviting that into your life.  “I’m afraid I’m going to get the flu”;  you just invited the flu.  “I’m afraid I might get laid off”;  you just invited a layoff.  no, turn it around;  quit inviting defeat, sickness, bad breaks, and start inviting victory into your life.  use your faith in the right direction.  fear will try to dominate your thought life;  if you allow it, fear will keep you awake at night.  fear, worry, negative thinking is not just a bad habit, that allows the negative to become a reality.  when you agree with fear, you are giving what you’re fearing the right to come to pass.

Matthew 18:19 (NIV)

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

that’s a promise that when we stand in faith with another believer, God will do what He said.  that principle is true even in the negative;  when the enemy puts a thought in your mind, if you agree, then your agreement is what gives it the power to come to pass.  but if you don’t agree, you turn it around;  the thought says, “your children are going to get into trouble,” “no, I don’t agree, my children will be mighty in the land, fulfill their destiny,”  you just stopped that fear from coming to pass.  the thought says, “that sickness is going to be what you die from, it’s been in your family line for 3 generations,” “no thanks, I don’t agree, with long life God’s gonna satisfy me.”  here’s the key:  don’t come into agreement with the fear.  if you don’t agree, the only way it can come to pass is if God gives it the permission, and if God does, you can rest assured it’s not gonna work against you, it’s gonna work for you.  pay attention to what you’re coming into agreement with.  I am not comin’ into agreement with fear, doubt, bad breaks, disappointments;  I’m activating my faith and not my fear.  if you expect your children, loved ones to get into trouble, cause you heartache, barely make it through life, then because you’re putting faith into fear, that allows it to come to pass;  you’re believing it in.  don’t go through life expecting disappointments, bad breaks, disasters, that’s putting faith into fear;  that allows it to become a reality.

2 Timothy 1:7  (YLT)

for God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

we’re not going to overcome fear, and live a powerful, victorious life if we’re not disciplined in our thought life;  that’s where the main battle is taking place.  your mind is the bulls-eye of the enemy’s target;  if he can control your thoughts, he can control your whole life.   if you don’t guard your mind, it will default back to these thoughts of fear, worry, anxiety, negativity.  don’t come into agreement with that fear.

Psalm 30:5 (NIV)

For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.

when those thoughts try to tell you, “it’s not gonna last, it’s too good to be true,” no, turn it around;  “Father, I wanna thank you that your favor on my life, children, career, future is not temporary, seasonal, it doesn’t come and go, but God, your favor is for a lifetime.” you gotta be disciplined in your thought life;  your thoughts are extremely powerful. when we agree with the fear, it can come to pass.  how many times have we killed our dreams with our thoughts, stopped God’s blessings, favor, healing, restoration, because we’re dwelling on the fear.  a lot of people go around with a nagging feeling that something’s not going to work out;  “I’m afraid my business is gonna dry up, I’m not gonna stay healthy, my child’s gonna get off course”;  because they’re not disciplined in their thought life, they allow that fear to take root.  don’t agree with the fear, agree with what God says about you.  we can’t just wish things away, but when you choose faith instead of fear, it activates God’s power;  that’s what allows God to turn things around.

the first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking;  just as you activate fear, you can start activating your faith.  instead of going through the day worried, thinking about how it’s not gonna work out, start meditating on what God says about you, things like, “Father, You said the fruit of my womb is blessed.  God, You said because I delight myself in You, You would give me the desires of my heart.  So Lord, I wanna thank You that I AM able to conceive.”  fear can create a barrier;  wrong thinking can keep you from God’s best.  if you’re going to live in victory, you’ve gotta be disciplined in your thought life.  what you dwell on is what you’re inviting in;  that’s what you allow to become a reality.  a man believed that the refrigerated box car he was locked in was at a freezing temperature, and froze to death, but it was really only 61 degrees.  he froze to death because he was convinced in his thinking that he was in a freezing car;  the thing he feared came upon him.  are you fearing freezing to death, so to speak, even though it’s 61 degrees?  afraid you won’t get pregnant even though there’s really nothing wrong with you?

fear blows things out of proportion, makes problems much bigger than they really are.  maybe God sent you today for a perspective change.  maybe what you’re fearing is never even going to happen, that obstacle that looks permanent is really only temporary.  perhaps you feel trapped, everything tells you you’ll never get out, get ahead, get well, get married, no, God is saying, “don’t worry, the refrigeration unit is not on, I’ve got you in the palm of My hand, no weapon formed against you is ever gonna prosper.”  it may feel dark and lonely, like it’s not going to work out, but God is saying, “if you will stay in faith, I will deliver you, protect you, heal you, restore you, vindicate you.  I will not only bring you out, I’ll bring you out better off than you were before.”  now you gotta do your part;  don’t panic, fear the worst, imagine every negative thing that could happen, no, say:

Psalm 27:1 (KJV)

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1 (GNT)

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    I will fear no one.
The Lord protects me from all danger;
    I will never be afraid.

I may feel trapped, I don’t see a way out, medical report doesn’t look good, my bank statement tells me I’m not gonna make it, but that’s ok, I know a secret;  God is still on the throne, nothing I’m facing is a surprise to Him.  the enemy doesn’t have the final say, God has the final say, and He says, “I will always cause you to triumph.”  now be strong and of good courage;  the Lord your God is with you.  throughout life, fear will come knocking at the door, tell you the worst case scenario:  you’re not gonna make it out, stay healthy, your business is gonna go down.  no, here’s the key;  when fear knocks, let faith answer the door.  don’t give those thoughts of fear the time of day, don’t let them intimidate you;  answer back with faith. “Lord, You said, the # of my days You would fulfill, Your plans for me are for good and not evil, what’s meant for my harm you’d turn around and use to my advantage.”  when fear knocks, let faith answer the door.  fear presents itself much bigger than it really is, it will tell you all the worst case scenarios, to try to get you worried, anxious, uptight, panicked;  no, just smile and say, “fear, I know your tricks, you’re all bark and no bite, you may look big, but I’m not impressed;  I know the truth, there’s nothing really to you.”

that’s how you activate faith, and not fear;  when you do this, the greatest force in the universe goes to work.  those problems may be big, but our God is much bigger.  your obstacles may be high, but we serve the most high God.  when thoughts of fear, worry, doubt, negativity come, you gotta rise up and say, “I will not fear, worry, be uptight, dwell on the negative.”  look that fear in the eyes, so to speak, and say, “you don’t intimidate me, I know who I am, and I know whose I am.”  fear is like fog;  it’ll always look much bigger than it really is.  you have a pain in your side, fear will tell you, “that’s permanent, terminal, you might as well start planning your funeral,” no, the truth is, you just ate too much pizza the night before.  it’s no big deal, but fear will exaggerate it, tell you, “what if your company starts laying people off, you better worry, what if that pain is serious?”  no, you need to look at fear and say, “get lost, hit the road, I don’t have time for you.”  your destiny is too great, your assignment too important, your time too valuable;  don’t let fear intimidate you, you are a child of the most high God.  dare to say like David, “I will not fear.”

if the things we fear can come upon us, as the scripture says, how much more can the things we have faith for come upon us?  God’s power is so much greater than the enemy’s power;  when fear knocks, let faith answer the door.  don’t come into agreement with fear;  stay disciplined in your thought life;  this is the reason many people are down, discouraged, negative, they’re not guarding their mind.  that’s where the real battle is takin’ place.  if you’ll learn to activate faith and not fear, God is going to bring your dreams to pass, pour out floods of His favor;  you will overcome ever obstacle, defeat every enemy and become everything God’s created you to be.

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