Just as oil and water do not mix, neither is Jesus mixed with fear.
John 6:20 – But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
You can pour gas and water into the same container, you can shake them vigorously, but when the shaking stops, there will come an immediate separation. They don’t mix. You can buy a salad dressing with oil in it, but to get the full flavor at use, you need to shake the bottle vigorously before using. And when you use it later, if only a few minutes, you must shake it again. They water and oil doesn’t mix. You can pour faith and fear into the same person, but they don’t mix. It may seem to be alright when things are shaken up, but the truth is, faith and fear don’t mix.
Take hold of that fact today, my dear friend. When Jesus began His journey by walking on the water to go to His disciples, He was in faith, but His disciples were struggling in the flesh, and by doing so, were putting themselves in a place to be dominated by fear. By the time Jesus came close enough to His disciples that they could see Him, they were fearful, believing Him to be a ghost. Now look at our Text for Today. Each word, even those introducing His Words, is important. “But” indicates that something needs to change. “He saith” indicates He was releasing the power to change things. “Unto them” indicates they were His specifically targeted audience. “It is I” indicates He was clearly identifying Himself to them. When He is on the scene, He never leaves a question as to His identity. “Be not afraid” indicates that the ability to remove fear and replace it with faith was in their hands. Once He had given His Word on the matter, acting on His Word was up to them.
When faith arises on the scene where fear has dominated, fear no longer holds the upper hand. Fear KNOWS it must bow to FAITH, but sadly, many believers do not. And the truth is that fear will NOT bow willingly before faith. This is an issue that MUST ALWAYS be forced. Perhaps you have not previously viewed this conflict in the manner I put forth, but the simple fact is that fear resists faith, and if possible, will resist with such fury that the man through whom the faith should be working surrenders to fear and its thinking. This should not be. Never,NEVER allow yourself to back down from fear. It is in total resistance and rebellion to faith. Faith pleases God, and as such has the full backing of heaven when it is invoked. Speak God’s Word, having done all to stand, stand, and hold fast your profession of faith without wavering. Your faith WILL win out over fear. Faith and fear don’t mix. Fill yourself so full of faith that fear has no place.
Manna for Today – John 6:16-21; Galatians 5:6; 1 John 4:18; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 10:17