The human vocabulary is replete with a myriad of powerful words that we often dismiss as meaningless because they don’t seem to have any direct implication to our lives. Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, stated, “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” And Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind, stated, “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
Therefore, words are powerful tools which can be used to capture our attention and impart great truths to us if we are willing to take the time to carefully listen to what is being said. Unfortunately, many great words of truth are disregarded and discarded because as the Psalmist declared, “Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness” (Psalm 52:3). We are reminded in Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
There are two words that I have thought about of late. Both words are powerful in their own right. Those words are “faith” and “fear.”
A basic definition of the word faith is, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” Synonyms for the word “faith” include: trust, belief, confidence, conviction, optimism, and hope. By contrast, the word “fear” is basically defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” Synonyms for the word “fear” include: terror, fright, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, dismay, anxiety, apprehension, and worry.
Let’s analyze the word “fear.” An acronym for the word “fear” is False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is a debilitating lie which the adversary instills in us. When we live our lives bound by fear, we are unable to discern the reality of our situation. Instead, we heed the voice of our fears which gives us a false sense of reality, which in turn champions the overarching goal of the adversary. Satan slips in just enough of the truth to make things that would otherwise seem false, to appear as being real.
Living in constant fear is the adversary’s way of making us prisoners because we are terrified to exercise faith and trust God to take care of any situation that we may find ourselves in. As a result, the powerful force of fear causes us to react to people and situations in a negative way, and to be cutoff from the comforting sunlight of the Spirit.
We live our lives by “faith”, or we live our lives in constant “fear.” The better choice is to live by faith. Which will you choose?
Karlyn Stebbins; 4 April 2014
Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:
Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.