For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Once we accept Christ, we are called to walk by faith. The Bible is emphatic that “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). It has been said that faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God. Essentially, in order to receive the promises of God, we must utilize our faith. The Bible also instructs us to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). There are things that can contaminate our faith though. These things are fear, doubt, and unbelief. Often, this fear, doubt, and unbelief is subtle and creeps in based on the negative things people say to us or we hear that contradicts what God has promised to bring to pass in our lives. We are to guard our hearts and to speak only what God has said to combat the wrong things from entering our hearts and choking our faith (Proverbs 4:23 and Proverbs 18:21). It is essential not to allow fear, doubt, or unbelief to quench our faith or to choke out what God has promised us in His Word or spoken to our spirits. One person has used this example, if you discovered there was human waste in your food; it would make the whole meal inedible. Similarly, a bit of fear, doubt, or unbelief will make your faith ineffective. God would not have told us He did not give us the spirit of fear if He expected us to put up with fear. We are not to tolerate any fear in our lives but are to take authority over it and command it to leave (Mark 11:23). Keep your faith strong by not allowing it to be contaminated by fear, doubt, or unbelief.