Archive for January, 2015
Two main factors that I’m pretty sure confront every
Christian at some point in their lives are Faith and Fear.
Or perhaps I should say Faith versus Fear.
God has granted each of us a certain measure of
faith, we know this because the Bible tells us so.
And fear? Fear is an undeniable fact of life for all of us!
Fear of different things, of varying degrees and at certain
times in our lives. There’s no escaping it It’s unavoidable
and attacks everyone, believer and non-believer alike. It
can take many forms; stress, doubt, tension, uncertainty,
et,. but it’s an issue we’ll all have to address at some point.
Even Jesus acknowledged it when He told us that we
would face trouble and suffering here on earth. He also
said that we should not give in to fear because with His
amazing sacrifice at Calvary on the cross, He had already
overcome the world and all the problems in it!
The Bible says it and faith is what allows us to believe
it’s true. Being afraid is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s
part of being human and Jesus knows this. That’s proba-
bly why there are over 365 “fear nots” in the Bible!
But we can experience fear and acknowledge it with-
out letting it beat us over the head! We are overcomers in
Christ. Period. The best way to overcome fear is to not
let it get the upper hand. Start out by considering the
source. Know what fear stands for?
F.alse E.vidence A.ppearing R.eal
In other words? A lie. And we all know who’s the king
and father of all lies. The devil. And the only power
that old pest has is what we choose to give him. So even
when you don’t understand the reason for problem, ill-
ness or trial – all you have to do is trust God. Just be-
cause He hasn’t explained why something is happening
doesn’t mean He doesn’t know! But when you’re left
temporarily without answers that’s when the devil turns
up the volume in a fierce attempt to convince you that
you’re all alone, that God doesn’t care or that God can’t
bail you out of this one. Please don’t buy into that hype!
Just grab Romans 8:28 and beat the devil over the head
with that particular scripture!!
The devil’s lies are just empty words and rhetoric
unless you give them power. Trust Jesus and you’ll be
able to laugh off whatever the devil tries to throw at you!
I’ve had lots of practice with this maneuver since
the whole cancer thing reared it’s ugly head 2 years ago.
I’m facing this diagnosis of terminal cancer that is sup-
posedly going to kill me. Now dying isn’t what frightens
me — I know what’s out there beyond my final breath!
Heaven here I come! What’s terrifying to me is the inte-
rim — the whole sickness, needles, doctors, needles, pain,
medicine, did I say needles? I’m not a big fan of people
sticking me with tiny sharp things so the prospect of lots
of that in my upcoming timeline didn’t exactly tickle my
But day by day, shot by shot, chemo by chemo, test
after test, Jesus held me hand and walked me through
it all moment by moment. Looking back now over the
past 2 years it’s easy to see how Jesus managed to get me
through it AND used what was happening to me to
strengthen the faith of so many people that I came in con-
tact with at the same time!
So now, when some new symptom or test or procedure
pops up, I don’t panic because I know Jesus is going to
handle it and me just like He has all those times before. I
don’t have the words all the time or the details or the
answers and I don’t need them. All I need to know is that
Jesus loves me and will always do what’s best for me.
The same is true for you whatever you’re afraid of. If
you’re a Christian then Jesus is standing in the gap between
you and whatever it is that you’re afraid of! Don’t let the
devil succeed at convincing you otherwise becaue when it
comes to reinforcements? You have MAJOR back-up!
Always remember too, especially if you’re wading through
a public test or trial that others can see, (try keeping cancer
a secret!) then the world is watching to see if your faith is
something you only preach about or something you LIVE!
The way you handle difficulties says volumes to others
about how powerful it is to trust in Jesus and have Him in
charge of your life! They will be able to see what you have,
(FAITH), witness how you use it, (TRUST), and see the re-
sults, (PEACE). And sooner or later, they’re going to want
that for themselves!
Nothing makes Jesus happier than being audaciously trusted
by His children and He will move heaven and earth to reward
that kind of trust with His presence, His peace and His power!
Believe me, been there –seen that!!
It doesn’t matter what the trial, whether its finance, disease,
stress or relational, whatever, our challenges may be different
but our Savior is the same. Jesus has overcome the world and
anything it can dream up to toss our way….There simply isn’t
anything He cannot handle.
Talk with Him daily and ask Him to walk with you through
whatever’s ahead. Whatever’s coming it will be SO much
easier when Jesus is holding your hand. So when it comes to
fear? Faith is stronger every time!