Do Not Be Afraid: The Opposite of Fear
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe."
When we think of faith, we think of belief. And when we think of the opposite of belief, we naturally think of unbelief. Therefore, we conclude that the opposite of faith is unbelief. And from a dictionary perspective, that is true.
But the Bible usually sets something besides unbelief in opposition to faith -- and that is fear. From a grammatical point of view, the opposite of believing may be not believing. But from the perspective of life, the opposite of faith is fear.
Jesus demonstrated this clearly when a Jewish man begged Him to come and heal his sick daughter. On their way, friends of the man met them and said it was too late -- the little girl had died. But Jesus said to the man, "Do not be afraid; only believe." Jesus didn't tell the man not to doubt -- He told him not to fear.
Faith and hope are focused on the future. Facing the future without faith and hope is a good reason to be fearful. Going forward, we have two choices: faith or fear. Whether the future you are focused on is five minutes, five months, or five years away, "Do not be afraid; only believe."
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
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You are invited to have a personal relationship with God, your Creator!
To have a personal relationship with God, you must become a follower of Jesus.
There is no other way.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me".
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture".
This decision must be a personal commitment from the heart. No one else can decide for you.
If you choose to believe in Jesus, you will be eternally blessed.
If you choose not to believe in Jesus, you will be eternally separated from God.
Therefore, this will be the most important decision you will make in this life.
This is the way to become a child of God and experience His love and blessings:
Know that God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son...
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
(I John 3:1)
Admit that you have sinned against God and are separated from Him.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away...
there is no one who does good,not even one.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Believe, Repent, and Receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—
for all whom the Lord our God will call."
But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God.
Pray this prayer of commitment:
Lord Jesus, I know that you love me.
I admit that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.
I choose to believe that You died to forgive me and I repent of my sin.
Right now, I receive you as my Savior and Lord.
I choose to follow you for the rest of my life.
Thank you for hearing my prayer and giving me eternal life today.
Declare your faith and let others know you have decided to follow Jesus.
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord",
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord is the most important thing you will ever do.
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