The Relationship Between Confusion, Faith, and Fear

By on November 1, 2012

By Lynn Baber –

Confusion and the temptation to fear is a normal part of mortal life. No saint has yet to ascend to a peak of faith high enough to completely extinguish the temptation to fear. Regardless of what you’ve been told, issues of confusion and fear are never resolved by common sense, will power, or scolding.

The sole antidote for fear is faith; the two cannot co-exist. Fear appears when faith is incomplete or placed in someone or something unworthy of our faith. The simple relationship between faith and fear is like two seats on a teeter totter. When one seat is all the way up the seat on the opposite side is all the way down.

Most of us go along with a balance between faith and fear, sometimes one seat teetering a bit higher than the other. The daily goal of our Christian walk is to gradually move the seat of our Faith teeter totter higher and our seat of Fear lower.

Confusion about God himself, the object of our faith, is a totally different issue from confusion about God’s plan for our life or ministry, yet both are completely normal. To say otherwise would be both foolish and counterproductive.

What matters most isn’t that we experience confusion, but what we do when it appears. The manner in which we handle confusion determines which seat moves up and which down – Faith or Fear.

The Two Causes of Fear

Imperfect faith produces fear which is caused by one of these two scenarios:

  1. Fear that God is NOT ABLE to handle our problem or issue.
  2. Fear that God WILL NOT handle our problem or issue the way we want Him to.

The first creates confusion because we lack faith in the object of our faith, God Himself. The second is problematic because we have prescribed the manner in which God must act to resolve our concern. Fear creeps in when we limit God’s action by our very flawed vision.

Most prayers for deliverance or miracles come with conditions attached. Many folks confuse relationship with Christ and Burger-King; we want to have it our way. Jesus did not presume to know better than His Father, being obedient to God’s will, and not His own. [Matthew 26:39]

Does confusion cause you to pray for vision and peace through God’s will or for a particular outcome? Does your confusion produce fear?

Authentic New Creations in Christ Jesus

If we’re honest with ourselves, haven’t we wondered how a genuine New Creation could be bothered by the little fears and doubts that plague us daily? Isn’t the existence of such confusion proof that we may not be as rightly related to Jesus as we hope?

Why do new creations in Christ still feel so absolutely human?

Relationship with Jesus is not an end to humanity but a beginning of faith. Some day we will have glorified bodies. Some day we will have perfect faith. Some day we will reign with Jesus for eternity. Some day there will be no more tears, no more confusion, and no more fear. But some day is not today.

When you address your confusion or fear, consider these questions:

  • Have you ever had a problem that was too big for God?
  • Are you married to a particular answer when you pray for clarity or freedom from fear?
  • Are you content to let God work in His own time or do you “need it now!”

God is not the Author of Confusion

 “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.” – 1 Corinthians 14:33

God wants three very simple things from each of us:

  1. To show up.
  2. To focus on Him.
  3. To offer obedience.

God spoke Creation into existence. Nothing is beneath His notice or beyond His power. Confusion simply means we either refuse to hear God’s voice or He hasn’t spoken yet. He will. Ask again. Listen. Wait. Repeat as necessary.

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“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” – Galatians 1:6-8

 

Lynn Baber is a Christian writer who shares simple messages of faith over fear by reducing complex issues into simple either/or choices. Lessons learned throughout her forty year career as a business consultant, motivational speaker, and World and National Champion horse breeder, trainer, and judge, are shared in print, in person, and in the round pen working with troubled horses. Read more on her blog, Simple truth – Simple Faith: http://lynnbaber.net/. Follow her ministry message on Amazing Grays Ministry: http://amazinggraysministry.com/.

Lynn Baber

About Lynn Baber

Lynn Baber is a Christian writer who shares simple messages of faith over fear by reducing complex issues into simple either/or choices. Lessons learned throughout her forty year career as a business consultant, motivational speaker, and World and National Champion horse breeder, trainer, and judge, are shared in print, in person, and in the round pen working with troubled horses. Read more on her blog, Simple truth - Simple Faith: http://lynnbaber.net/ Follow her ministry message on Amazing Grays Ministry: http://amazinggraysministry.com/.

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The Relationship Between Confusion, Faith, and Fear