Yesterday I was out speaking and had a fantastic experience which you will no doubt hear about in the days ahead, but today I want to give public praise for a wonderful wife who is really amazingly gifted. When I am away from my church, she often takes the pulpit. Right now we are working through a series based on the Bible stories behind Max Lucado’s book Cast of Characters: Lost and Found. This week’s chapter was on Ananias and Saul, the part where God calls Ananias to go to Saul (who would later become known as the Apostle Paul). At this point in history, Ananias was a Christ follower and Saul was the premiere persecutor of the church. God commanded to Ananias to do something that looked very dangerous. Dawn made her message about fear, the things fear keeps us from and the value of obeying God even if we have to do it afraid. I really loved this section of the message and thought it might be highly beneficial to this tribe of creatives.
“What does fear do to us?
- Fear can make problems bigger than they really are. I believe we have all fallen into this trap. Something happens that makes us scared. We over-analyze the situation. We think of all the different scenario’s that “could happen” and before we know it, the situation seems overwhelming and we are paralyzed with fear.
- Fear prevents us from enjoying the blessings we have. When we live in fear we are not at peace. We focus all our energy on this thing that has us in fear and we lose our joy.
- Fear can motivate us to disobey God. Certain fears often prompt us to do things which are displeasing to God. Fear of failing may prompt us to cheat on a test. Fear of the truth being found out may prompt us to lie about what we have done. Fear of rejection can lead people to give in to improper sexual advances. Fear of persecution has led some christians to denounce their faith in God.
What are you afraid of? Are there any areas of your life that are being stifled because of fear? Satan is always going to bring fear against us at varying times. It is one of his major weapons.
On Friday night I turned on the TV and the show Hoarders was happened to be on the channel the tv had been set to. There was an older gentleman who was riding on a scooter around his property that looked like a junk yard. Rusty bicycles, sewing machines, broken fences–just about anything you can imagine was piled all over the property. The city had given him notice to clean up the property which was why Hoarder’s tv show was there. The psychologist spoke with the man asking him why he had accumulated so many things. He replied that he had planned repair the items and open a shop which was an old repair shop on the property. Suddenly he broke down crying. She ask him what was wrong. He confided that cleaning up the property made him fear that he would never get out of the wheelchair and that he would need to give up his dream of having a shop that rebuilds old items. The fear of facing his new reality was keeping him paralyzed. Every day he would look at what he had hoped to accomplish and realize it wasn’t going to happen. But instead of moving forward and moving on to something new that he could do, he got stuck in the fear and depression.
1 John 4:18 says
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We can resolve our fears first by focusing on God’s immeasurable love for us. His love will quiet our fears and give us confidence.”
Is there anything fear is keeping you from right now? What would you be able to accomplish if you could overcome those fears. Fear will keep you stuck in what might have been. Ask God to help you with your fears and to trust Him instead.