It has been a long time since I have blogged. I still haven’t found a good internet provider that I like for my house, so my access to the web is intermittent. But it occurred to me the other day that until I get reconnected I could (at the very least) write my entries, save them, and plug them into the site when I’m on.
Right now, I’m working on a series on the book of Acts at Peniel. We’re going through the whole book, piece by piece. I want to put the lessons on here, but while I’m working on that let me ask you a question. We discussed this at church last night: what scares you?Are you afraid of snakes? spiders? germs? the dark? If we’re honest, all of us are at least a little uncomfortable around something.
Now, what terrifies you? Do you lie awake at night worrying about how you’re going to make ends meet, how you’re going to put food on the table, or how you’re going to get through the class you need to graduate? Do you worry about something happening to your family?
Whether they’re large concerns (like the economy) or small things (like bugs) we’re all afraid of something.
Now, my final question, what fears do you have that are so compelling that they could prevent you from serving God if you let them?
I’m afraid of failure. Some people are afraid of rejection. Some are afraid of being hurt. Then there are those so plan out our lives according to our own agendas that we’re afraid God will upset our plans. (e.g. “God, I have a good job, 2.4 kids, and a house with a white picket fence. Please, don’t send me to Africa!”) Others among us fear that God will call us to do something we’re ill equipped to do. (Moses worried about talking to Pharaoh because he wasn’t a good speaker.)
We all have fears that can hinder us from giving ourselves over completely to God and His agenda for our lives. What is yours?
Whatever these fears are, we must remember this:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
When we realize that God has given us the abilities, the love, and the wisdom that enable us to do whatever He calls us to do, and that He is in control no matter what our circumstances are, there is nothing that should cause us to cower in fear when we should be out serving Him with boldness.