April 4, 2020
What would it look like to choose faith over fear today? To be the followers of Jesus who chose to look up? We are commanded 365 times in the written word of God, “Fear not!” 365 times for 365 day’s of the year. In other words— a command for every single day of the year. Often we can view commandments from God as rules and regulations only holding us back. But what if we recognized that these commandments are given to us for our good?
Yes, we as humans are prone to fear and so this is a good reminder for us on the daily. But this commandment is also given to us for our freedom. When we choose fear over faith, we may not realize it, but we in turn give fear power over us. This is a commandment for our protection. The daily exhortation to “Fear not!” reminds us that we are slaves to Christ, nothing and no one else.
When we succumb to fear, we give the enemy grounds into our lives that he does not have the right to access. I read a book last year and the author, Sarah E. Ball said, “Fear is misplaced worship.” I think the author hit the nail smack on the head with this statement. When we are afraid our minds are not set on Christ, what He has done for us and what He will do. No, we are worshipping something other. We are setting our gaze on the storm ahead; on the waves crashing into the boat, not on Jesus— our sustainer.
I want to challenge you all today to choose faith over fear! In intentionally practicing this, you will begin to notice that this is no small feat. As you recognize how often fear gets the upper hand in your life, be kind to yourself. Let His grace cover you and allow this to draw you closer to your Lord and Savior— Jesus Christ!
I watched a video by Max Lucado this week that was called, “Why are you Afraid?” In this video Lucado ended his short sermon off with these words,
“Could it be that all that stands between you and courage is a prayer to your Heavenly Father?”
My prayer for you in this season is that you would enter into an intimacy with Jesus unlike anything you have ever experienced before. Remember, He is your compassionate high priest.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
I wrote this poem in November. It was inspired by an analogy I saw of a circle with a little speck in the middle. The circle represents God, all that He is and what He is able to do. The speck in the middle represents our trials, or whatever it is we are going through. The point of the analogy is to reveal to us that often times we can become so focused on the tiny speck in the middle that it becomes bigger than our God. I am trusting the Lord will use this poem in your life to do what only He can do— give you peace! 🖤
Life—At times overwhelming
In fact— daunting
In this life, how do we not drowned?
Stand your ground
Keep a firm grip on your Master’s hand
Concern yourself only with Abba’s plan
Shadrach, Meschach, Abed-Nego
In the fiery furnace
Smelling of smoke?
None of the above
There was a fourth man
In the fire
The Son of God
Dressed in white—Jesus Christ
“This is the promise”
And all is calm
“Victorious over death”
Courage—One step ahead of fear
Sometimes in leaps
Sometimes in bounds
Sometimes in strides
But always one-step-at-a-time
The devils prowling, yes
But the devils on a leash
God’s got you
He’s got “it”
Yes be aware
But don’t let “it” be your focus
Keep your gaze transfixed on His glorious face
That is how you run this race
Face the reality
God is bigger
You are not the wave tossed to and fro— no
You are the ocean.