In the past four episodes, we’ve looked at examples of faith prevailing over fear.
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
- The Spartan 300
- Daniel in the Lions Den
- The Alamo
I purposely balanced the selection of examples. Two are biblical. Two are from military history. Three are ancient. One is more contemporary. All are well documented. It happened that way.
While these accounts are fascinating and inspiring – so is fiction. I prefer truth.
I have not shared these examples to entertain. I have offered them to serve as an anchor – something to hold on to – with white knuckles and bloody fingers if need be.
If faith is superior to fear, we need to ask a question:
Faith in what?
After all, we all have faith. Yes, it’s true. Even if you reject faith in God, you’re expressing faith in something else. You either trust God, or you trust your own ability to manipulate the circumstances in your life in hopes that doing so will make your life better.
When faced with a decision that offers a choice between the lesser of two evils, is your decision going to be based on faith – or fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Actually it says the “spirit” of fear. Some fear is healthy. If you’re about to step on a rattle snake, I hope your fear is great enough to alter your path! But a spirit of fear can drive us to make poor decisions and will surely rob us of our joy. We’ll do another blog on fear later. For now, if you’re faced with a crisis, are you governed by fear – and somehow thinking that God is speaking to you through your fear? That voice you’re hearing – it ain’t God talking – it’s the enemy
Are you feeling powerless? If you are, who’s influencing you to feel that way? A friend? Really? God did not call us to lives of defeat. No, we are not here to suffer so that we can someday go to heaven to escape it. Yes there will be some bad plays in the game of life. There will even be some losses. But victory is certain – that was settled some 2000 years ago.
Would you characterize your attitude as one of love? Better yet, would others? Are you angry all the time? Are you one of those self appointed Twitter or facebook police on a mission to “call out” the wrongs of others? Are you on a social media crusade to “expose the truth” and crush the enemy? How’s that working out for you? If you choose to wallow in that poison, then I truly feel sorry for you and hope God will speak to you through this verse.
If we are not given over to a spirit of fear; then we are powerful; our power came from our love; and thus a sound mind is the natural result. It’s a 360 degree ecosystem. If we have a sound mind, we will act on faith – not fear. Doing so will bring us power – makes us influential. Not to intimidate, dominate, or rule over – but to share the Gospel with others so that they too can experience the peace, joy, and yes, victory that we have found.
Throughout this series, I’ve done my best to present this material in way to reach out to you – to give you an anchor no matter the storm. I’ve done my best to inspire, persuade, entertain, illustrate, joke about – anything to get the message through to you. But you know what? I doesn’t matter how hard a try, a persistent fact remains that will determine whether you will act in faith – or in fear:
It’s either true or it’s not. You either believe it, or you don’t.
We’re all living through our own personal hell. My challenge to you is to examine your own heart and ask yourself if a spirit of fear had gained a beach head. If you are planning to prosecute your war from that beach head of fear, I submit to you that you are on a collision course with disaster – and you are quite possibly leading others to join you.
As for me, I choose faith. In the battles ahead, we’re going to win some and lose some. I choose to walk in faith and I hope to see you sitting with me – together with Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Daniel, and the rest of the champions at the banquet feast when the season is over – perhaps at the head table!
That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.
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