Fear Not

Trembling is a part of life.

Admit it.

You’re scared of something.

Everyone is.

My wife is petrified of anything that has more than four legs.  This morning I had to kill a spider down stairs due to her inability to slaughter God’s multi-legged creatures.  I believe the Old Testament calls them “things that creep the earth”.  Yes, those things.  My wife, she is not a fan.  I come to her rescue often like a knight in shining armor.  I’m armed with weapon disguised as flip-flops.  I rescue her from the dreaded inch and a half monster.  I do it because she needs me.  It makes me feel like a proud husband.  I’m a warrior for her.

She doesn’t have to be afraid.

As Christians, we often fear two aspects in life.

One of which is death.

Everyone dies.  It’s natural.  However, if you look at death as being the end all, you have missed the mark.  You have misunderstood a important doctoral position crucial to the faith.  Death is not the end for those who believe in Christ.  God provided a way for us to live after death in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ.  If we confess in our hearts and believe in Him alone, we will “have eternal life.  That’s a fact.  A fact that knocks out the fear in death.  Jesus didn’t come to condem the world but to save the world.  It’s your choice to accept Him as Savior and Lord of your life.

I constantly rest in the promise that God give us through his Word regarding death.  Meditate on the following verses if you are struggling with the terrifing realization that you are going to die.  Be comforted as a believer through the work of Christ.

Take your time with the passages.

Let the Holy Spirit speak.

  • Romans 6:5, “We will be united with him in his resurrection.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “We believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:17, “We will be with the Lord forever.

Comforted?

Good. Now move on to the second thing all Christians fear,

witnessing.

To some people, talking to others about Christ is on the same level as seeing a spider crawling in your bed.  You find yourself running for the hills in hopes that a brave husband will save you.  I often hear people say that witnessing, “isn’t their gift”.  Dispite popular belief, we are all called to “go therefore and make disciples”.

Petrifid?

Don’t be.

The Bible tells us that we don’t have to be fear sharing our faith with others.  When we talk of witnessing, we are simply opening our mouths, telling other people what God has done in us and through us.  Not four simple laws, no seminary degree required, just faith to step out and open your mouth.

When we open our mouth, we are opening a door to allow other people to see how Christ remains at the center of our lives.  If we have accepted Christ as our Savior our privilage and joy should be to share with others the work of Christ. There is nothing scary about telling people what Jesus has done for you because God has given you the gift of the Holy Spirit.  He will provide what you need to say when the time comes.

Perhaps you are lacking in joy or maybe you don’t see God working in your life.

Then maybe you need to start utilizing the Holy Spirit.  Maybe you need to step out in faith and draw more from the power of God.  Shake the dust of the Bible.  Start reading what God has done for us in the past, is doing in the present, and will do in the future.  Utilize the communication of prayer.  Talk to God.  Open your eyes.  Ask God to open your eyes to see how glorious He is in every day life.  When you start seeing how Christ effects every area of your life, the communication with others is as easy as communicating the joy of getting a new gift you really wanted.

Sometimes the hardest part is opening your mouth.

There is no fear in spreading the words of Christ.  It comes naturally to those who keep Christ, his commandments, and his decrees at the center of everything they do.

The Holy Spirit is a provider.  He is a comfort to those who believe.  In both areas where we feel afraid the most, like death and witnessing, there is no need to shudder.  Do not be discouraged, do not be terrified, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

God is a warrior.  He fights for you.

-jordan

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