These are days when fear continually tries to grip our hearts but if you…
Do the thing you fear most,…the death of fear is certain.” Mark Twain
“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
This week at Special Touch Disabilities Camp our theme us “Fearless.”
In the chapel services I am preaching I am speaking about 4 things we need to add to our lives in order to be fearless and 4 things we need to get rid of to be fearless.
We need to add.
We need to get rid of
4. Fear of change
Which of these do you think is the most important.
Today I am concluding the series “Little Heroes, Big World.” If you missed any of the previous discussions you can find them at:
Now here is the conclusion of the matter…
In our previous segments we discussed the importance of being strong and the importance of putting our noses to the grindstone and working; But if you are Being Strong and if you are working there is one more thing you have to do as a “Little Hero with Little Power in a Big World.”
YOU NEED TO STOP BEING AFRAID!!
Haggai writes, “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’ Hag. 2:6
The truth is, God is going to show up! We are not forsaken! The Lord knows our names and He will never forget us! The remnant church is victorious and powerful! We are not condemned and He has made us more than conquerors! The only battles we have lost are the one which were meant to be lost and we are not called to go running into the woods with out tails between our legs! We are called to love this world with Christ’s love and to say with the old-time hymn writer,
“Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love, Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath, Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death Is still our shining shield.
On every hand the foe we find Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind, And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head, With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread, And echo with our shout.
Faith is the victory!
Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.” John Yates, Ira Sankey
If today you need to overcome the world, maybe it’s time for you to get a little strong, do a little work and maybe it is time to shoot down fear by giving up a shout of praise that faith is the victory!
Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are afraid. – Eddie Rickenbacker
This is a good word for me as I approach 2015. I am heading into many things which are outside of my comfort zone. How about you?
In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face. Psalm 11
This world needs warriors! The Earth needs men and women sold out to Christ who are not going to back down in the face of “overwhelming opposition”. It would seem the foundations are being destroyed. The nations are falling into the quagmire of bad-politics, bad economies and even worse moralities.
Oh I hear the cry as well as you do…”Run! Hide! Protect Yourself! Flee to the mountains! Withdraw! Christianity is a lost cause!”
Christianity may leave the face of the Earth but that will be via the rapture not because it is a dying religion. The foundations might be destroyed but to that event I give the same answers my forbears gave when the Roman Empire collapsed..”It is on Christ the solid rock I stand! All other ground is sinking sand.”
In the end we have a better reason to hope than anyone else on earth has. Our hope is in Jesus and as the old song goes “Jesus never fails”. So, Warrior Christian don’t flee to the mountains. God sees you from Heaven! He has your cause and He has your back. Run towards the burning building and see who you can rescue from it!