Thursday, October 25, 2012

FAITH over Fear! (With great video!)

Most of us were scared of things when we were kids that we now find amusing.

We're no longer scared of them, so we look back and laugh.

Maybe it was your fear of the dark, like me.
(Of course, that could have had something to do with my dad's warped sense of humor...he would stand with his hand on the light switch and make a noise...when I'd reach for the switch, he'd grab my hand! Still makes me laugh at how good this was!)

For others, it was big dogs, spiders, and so on.

The point is you've grown out of them because you've realized as you've matured that those things are nothing to fear. You are bigger, stronger, smarter, more experienced and now you know how to get through those childhood fears (with the possible exception, according to my wife, of spiders).

Even today though, many still have fears.

For some of us, that fear shows up in many ways, and it's a generalized thing.

We fear stepping out. We fear the unknown. We fear failure. We fear rejection. We fear 'what might happen'.

Question: Why?

Why would we continue to fear these things?

Answer: Because we think incorrectly about them.

We think we're on our own. We think it's up to us. We think our lives, our fortunes, our futures are dependent on our own wisdom, ability, money, good looks, or whatever.

For many people, that's true.

But for a Christian, it's not.

The reason is that the Christian has a relationship with the God of the Universe in which He promises to love us, care for us, and have our back.

As we seek to honor, serve, and love Him, He promises to guide us, watch over us and bless us.

Read the words of Psalm 121:
1 "I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever."

Jesus promised that if we "seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness" that "all these things will be given to you" (your needs will be met)(Matthew 5:33).

So, let me ask you:

Do you BELIEVE it?

Do you believe that God is 'for you', and that He wants to watch over and bless you, meeting your needs and protecting you?

If not--at your core--you definitely need to adjust your thinking!

Paul writes, in Romans 8: "What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?...Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." (Romans 8:31, 35-37)

You need not fear!

As one preacher said, "I have no fear of what the future holds; I know Who holds the future".

Is God calling YOU to step out today? Is He moving you to exercise FAITH?

If so, have no fear!

God is for you!

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