Faith attracts the positive. Fear attracts the negative.
I let go of my own fear of not having it all figured out; my fear of not having all the right doctrines and beliefs; my fear of not being accepted unless I measured up to the demands of a holy God. I let go of all of that and fell into the arms of trust and love. It felt like falling into a great unseen mystery, but I was actually falling into the light and out of a darkness that had been deepened by my own attempts to make my own light through reason and striving. As the light filled my awareness, I began to awaken.
A pastor who won’t address sin lest he alienate his hearers is like a doctor who won’t address sickness lest he alienate his patients.
What would life look like for you if Perfect Love came in so close that fear became a distant relative rather than a close confidant and friend?
What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn.
To draw near to Him we must know more than the fear of God; we must know His love.
Today, God gives each of us a choice as we face life’s challenges. We can deliberately choose to follow him and rest in His truth and promises or we can choose to surrender our minds to pointless worry and the resulting stress that worry brings. Joshua 24:15
We should be done with the days of believing that God’s power is evidenced primarily by the absence of struggle in our lives. If we live any amount of time in this fallen and frustrating world, we are going to find ourselves stepping onto the soil of some intense battlefields. We will face some dauntingly large enemies who are bent on our destruction. If we hold them up next to our own strength, we will be scared right out of our shoes. But if we compare them to our powerful God, we will realize that these conflicts are a gift because small enemies equal small victories and huge enemies equal huge wins.
The devil cannot torment us with the fear of dying if we know that death is but a meeting with God and our departure from earth is but an arrival in heaven.
Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.