We are living in times of uncertainty, which often leads to anxiety, fear, and worry of things out of our control. If left unchecked, we could fall into a tormenting depression. I'd like to share an excerpt from my upcoming book that may help. Jesus Christ is our source of hope. When circumstances are not in our favor, God will turn the tables. He is for you! Trust Him in all things because He will never disappoint.
If we’re not walking in unshakable faith, then what are we walking in? Surprisingly, doubt isn’t the opposite of faith. Fear is the opposite of faith and it is a terrible thing to live by.
Fear begins as a 5 o’clock shadow looming with us everywhere we go. It will continue to grow until it brings us into total darkness. It’s important to stop it before it gets to that point, so I thought I’d shed some light on the topic.
The Hunger Games was a 2008 American dystopian novel adapted into a film in 2012. The hunger games were established to instill fear into the twelve districts as punishment for a previous failed rebellion. President Snow was not happy when he discovered the Gamemakers gave the heroine, Katniss Everdeen, the highest score of all the tributes. She’d made a shocking display of archery skills when she nailed the apple in a roasted pig’s mouth, nearly avoiding the Gamemakers. Later, Snow was infuriated when she placed flowers around her dead ally, Rue, as an act of defiance towards the Capital.
He urged the Head Gamemaker to contain it. He said, “Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous.” Snow knew the power he held was only due to the fear he instilled in the districts, and this underdog was giving the districts something to believe in. I’m not going to spoil the movie, but let’s say freedom comes when hope overrides fear.
“Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous.”–President snow, hunger games
Did you know there are 365 verses in the Bible that instruct us to not fear? That’s one for every day of the year. This is an important concept to God. He doesn’t want us to live in fear. In fact, the word says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
We all need something to believe in. Jesus is that for me and I hope He is that for you, too. Hold onto hope! There are better days ahead.
Excerpt above is from "TRAILBLAZING YOUR TEEN YEARS: Successful Habits to LAUNCH out of the norms, LEAD ahead of the pack, and LAND into your destiny." Available for Pre-Order at amazon.com/author/noahhalloran.