As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have faith?” (Mark 4:35-40 NIV).
A lot of revelations come up to this incident. If your heart is open to receive new things then be aware that volumes of books could not contain great truths from these passages. The story above shows how faith in God is so important in the life of every human being. Faith is a spiritual force that can put the word of God to breakthrough from the spiritual realm into the physical realm. Faith allows God’s word to manifest and become a reality to those who believe. There is no impossible to those who believe in God. For in God, there is no impossible for Him if you believe.
Fear on the other hand is the opposite of faith in God. Fear is one of the manifestations of a perverted faith. A dictionary defines fear as “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” You see, this definition is the same as of the faith’s definition. Faith is always anticipating and expecting or awareness of something good is going to happen. As a matter of fact, a dictionary gave this example just to clarify the word anticipation, it said, “The use of money before it is available.” That is faith in action. It stresses that someone had cashed out the money when the money is nowhere to be around. And that aggressive moved was based on the fact that that money will be there or will show up when needed.
A person who is saturated with words of fear will live in fear. He anticipates that danger is waiting for him. It is natural for humans to fear almost all the time. He has the fear of death, fear of what’s going to happen the next day, fear of what other people think about them, fear of losing loved ones, fear of losing a job, fear of not be able to pay a bill, fear of losing members of congregation, fear of being alone, fear of retirement, fear of flying, and etc.
Fear is a spirit. When Adam committed sin, the spirit of fear entered his heart. One cool day Adam hid himself because he was so fearful to meet with God. He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was so afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:10 NIV)
Fear is anticipation or awareness of danger. Adam knew that God is going to be displeased with him because he messed up. The question was: If Adam committed sin, then what is the big deal? The answer is: GUILT. Guilt is the feelings of culpability for offenses, the feelings of justly liable to or deserving of a penalty. Adam’s guilt could not let him rest. His guilt could not let him sleep at night. His guilt gives him no peace and it makes him loose his mind.
A person who lives in guilt lives in darkness. He has no peace in his heart. His guilt eventually will eat him alive. When Judas betrayed Jesus, Judas’ guilt tortured his conscience to the nth degree. His guilt kept on pushing him and pushing him until he was pushed to the edge, and one day he can’t handle it anymore. He killed himself. Judas did not snap. He knew long before then that he had been setting up Jesus a price tag on his head. Evil was in Judas’ heart long before the actual betrayal.
Guilt follows fear. And fear is the opposite of faith in God. To solve the problem of faith in God, God has to fix the problem of guilt. You see, you really needed to understand the real message of the cross of Christ and His resurrection. The moment you have a clear understanding of what Jesus has done on the cross and His resurrection, faith in God is a joyful reality. It is on the cross that Jesus took care of the guilt problem. Every believer has been set free from the guilt of sin and the guilt of sins to come because of the blood of Jesus.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” (Romans 8:1-2 NLT).
Before the fall, Adam boldly fellowships with God, there is no fear in him, there is no guilt that cowards him to face God. It was a glorious day with God. Adam enjoys God’s presence, God’s awesome glory, God’s nature, His Divine nature, His Divine life. Daily was a revelation of God, it was from glory to glory. God’s manifestation of His goodness and His awesome power and His majesty is right there. Adam has the full experience of them. But when sin entered, Adam lost everything that he had in the garden. Adam lost his fellowship with God.
But in Christ Jesus, every believer receives the life of God and the fellowship of God. He becomes a child of God and heir of Jesus Christ. There is no more condemnation. The guilt has done away with. The guilt problem is settled for every child of God.
One of the biggest hindrances of faith is the feeling of unworthiness. Although Christian s read Romans chapter one and verse one many, many times, they have difficulty believing and applying this truth in their lives. They still feel the sense of condemnation of being sinful although they are now forgiven children of God, and have become the righteousness of God in Christ.
Righteousness of God means the ability to stand in the presence of God and the devil without a sense of inferiority, sense of guilt, and sense of condemnation. The devil has no legal right to throw condemnation to a forgiven child of God. The devil has no legal right to accuse the believer of sin and sins. The blood of Jesus has cleans our sins away. “Therefore, we can come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJ).
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV).
Believers have been called into fellowship with Jesus. Fellowship means to be in one with Jesus, to be in one with his faith, to be in one in his spirit, to be in one in his works, to be in one in his glory, and to be in one with his Father.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18 NIV).
Fear has no place in a believer’s heart because a believer is in one with God, and God is love. Fear has to do with punishment. But because Christ has done away with the punishment, then fear is out of the scene. Jesus died for us, he took our sins away. He took our guilt away. The only thing is needed is to believe in him.