Fear and Faith

Fear and Faith
Poet: Harry Emerson Fosdick


Fear imprisons, faith liberates;
fear paralyzes, faith empowers;
fear disheartens, faith encourages;
fear sickens, faith heals;
fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable -
And, most of all,
Fear puts hopelessness ath the heart o
life,
While faith rejoices in its God.


Bible Verses on Faith:
Now faith is assurance of things hoped for,
proof of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith.
I John 5:4

This is the boldness which we have toward him, that,
if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us.
I John 5:14

But let him ask in faith, without any doubting,
for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea,
driven by the wind and tossed.
James 1:6

Jesus said to him, "If you can believe,
all things are possible to him who believes."
Mark 9:23



How To Know Joy
Poet: Greta Zwaan, 2010


I want a life of joy, reflecting who I am;
I want the world to know where I belong.
My heart's desire is that Christ should be revealed,
That faith would be real sure and
love real strong.

That others through my life would recognize my Lord,
Confirming how my walk is greatly
changed.
For I now have new life, for I've been born again,
My life through Christ is fully rearranged.

All that I was before is banished to the past,
My slate is clean, my sins are washed away.
No efforts of my own can claim this as reward,
It's through salvation on this glorious day.

It's Christ's great sacrifice, His death upon the cross,
All done in love and of His own accord.

Through Him is my joy, I've righteousness in Christ,
A grace bestowed on me while yet in sin.
The
honor goes to Him, the privileges are mine,
The power to live my life complete within.

His suffering set me free, His death has made me whole,
His resurrection opened up the door.
I now claim heaven's peace, I have no cause for fear,
I'll live and reign with Christ forever more.


It is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer



Longing
Poet: Greta Zwaan, 1994


In His steps I long to walk, a strong and vital bearer,
To give the message to the world, that Jesus Christ is fairer.
Fairer than the clear blue sky, fairer than the flower,
Always giving of His love, awesome, Holy power.

His gentle manner, loving touch, His total care and teaching,
To the deepest soul of man, His love is ever reaching.
No hurts so strong, no fear so great, that He cannot subdue it,
No soul so deeply steeped in sin, that He cannot renew it.

Compassion, love and gentle care are attributes we savour,
When walking in the light He gives, when living in His favour.
Don't feel
discouraged when you've failed, and life falls down around you,
Renew your pledge and try again, for Christ's love will surround you.

He fills the gap, forgives the sin, He brings
hope and renewal,
Remember, it's for you He died, you are His precious jewel.
Yes! I can walk beside my Lord! His faith will give me power,
It's by His grace and through His love I'm guided every hour.


The great test of faith is to wait on God . . . not expecting to push a button and get whatever we want now.
A.W. Tozer



Longing
Poet: Greta Zwaan, 2004


The gulf is fixed, set there by God, no further can man go,
Decisions that are left too long no one can overthrow.
The Scripture's full, warnings galore, you chose while you're alive,
You plant your flag, you make your stand, or you will not survive.

The mandatory way of God can follow but one path:
The blood that Christ spilled for your sin removes eternal wrath.
God cannot, will not, look on sin as though of no account,
For all good works, like filthy rags, you cause your sins to mount.

Should you decide there's time galore, your life's in your control,
Beware! The moment soon might come when God will claim your soul.
Your destination must be sealed before you your final breath,
Acceptance cannot reach your soul beyond the call of death.

No prayer of saints can draw you back - there is no second chance,
Once you have breathed your final breath there's not a backward glance.
You have one chance and one alone to claim your destiny,
While here on earth you make your
choice to let God set you free.

Do not let others set your goals, for man leads man astray,
The
truth can only come from God, there is no other way.
The warnings have been handed out, the danger signs are clear,
I beg you, make your choice for God, then death can bring no fear.

You'll spend eternity with Christ, you'll want to give Him praise,
The time to be prepared is NOW! Be saved and change your ways.


Christian faith isn't so much what you say you believe but how you behave in a consistent manner.
A.W. Tozer


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