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FEAR - or - FAITH?

Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to FEAR; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:…”

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Heb. 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our FAITH; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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FEAR paralyzes us,
Holds us in its frozen grip;
We can’t go forward…nor back,
Free from its hold…we’d like to rip.

Still, the power…we don’t have,
Try…as try can be;
Locked in its tight grasp,
O LORD help us to be free.

FEAR immobilizes…terrorizes,
Causes us to freeze solid;
Inactivity at its worse,
Neither here, nor there…fastened in the “mid”.

O to be free of its icy grip,
This prison without bars;
Sometimes…of our own making,
Rattle the door and windows…set them all ajar.

But, try as we may,
The bars still remain;
This prisoner…is still bound,
It’s our wish…this freedom to gain.

So, why stay in this prison,
It’s dark, damp, and forlorn;
While just outside its walls,
There’s a bright new day…waiting to be born?

And, just where is the key,
The one that sets us free;
‘Tis not a bastion of might,
Not some great army.

Just a small…little key,
As small as can be;
And, the bars will come down,
All the prisoners set free.

The key is FAITH…believing,
And, a small amount will do;
A grain of mustard seed,
In fact…will see us through.

No matter what our prison,
Anything that has us bound;
The fetters can be broken,
The bars…come tumbling to the ground.

We all have at least a mustard seed,
A tiny amount of FAITH;
Let’s put it to use…today,
For God’s glory…not our disgrace.

Step forth with the shield of FAITH,(Eph.6:16)
Arming us for all encounters,
Those fiery darts will all bounce off,
As it says…in all the Scriptures.

I knew a man who was full of FEAR,
His life was not his own;
He cowered in the shadows,
Afraid to claim what was his…alone.

And, I also knew another man,
FAITH was active in his life;
He moved forward…doing Father’s will,
Giving glory to God…no time for strife.

We have that choice to make,
Not daily…but moment by moment;
Let those walls and bars go up,
OR carry the shield of FAITH…as part of our garment.

What’s the choice that you will make today,
Prison bound…or set free?
I don’t know for sure…about you,
But, by FAITH…I shall be all He wants me to be!

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Dec. 4, 2002

Aimee Love
(LHG)


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