Thursday, January 10, 2013

What are you afraid of?

Supposed God-fearing people are living in fear of their futures as if they have never known the God of the universe or seen his power. They are calling for prayer, kind thoughts, good vibes or whatever it is that each individual onlooker feels brings power to the situation. For those who don't believe, I understand the fear. But, Christians, you ascribe to another Truth. Not a name-it and claim-it theology where speaking the words of God bring power to make what one desires a reality, but real trust in the promises of God in a situation where you truly have no control.

There is only One Power- the Word of God. Perfect love casts out fear- (1 John 4:18)-there is no fear when one trusts Christ... You simply trust.

Were He sitting at your table, or standing beside you in line- could you feel anything but overwhelming peace and love?! If you are a believer, He IS there. Is there a difference?

Wake up, Christian! HE is doing this. Not you. BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD, He says. He doesn't say, "sit around and freak out about it to your friends and wait to see if I really mean what I say."

Stop panicking and bury yourself in the Word. See if there is anything in that Book that tells you that it is okay to lament endlessly about your next steps. He doesn't show the big picture. He didn't show Eve her Messiah in Genesis 3-- but He promised there would be One and Eve believed it. Yet, look, as the prophets said for hundreds and hundreds of years, Messiah came. If after you finish all 66 books, you find there is justification for your panic, you will likely have been distracted long enough to see His plan working itself out.

The biggest miracle Jesus could work in your life is saving your weak, wretched, angry, selfish, faithless soul. If He can do that, He can bring home a child, crush an empire, change the hearts of a cold government and draw a nation to its knees. He spoke the world into being with a Word. Jesus and orphans have had more airtime through this legislation than I have ever seen. Never did I expect to hear "our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will carry us through" on CNN. Another couple I met recently is considering adopting a child with HIV as a result of the crisis being brought to life. Have we any right to complain that this situation is interfering. It is only interfering with human plans. Bear up, believers. You can hack this!

"For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord , Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;" (Hebrews 12:3-5 NKJV)

Do you hear that!? You're not bleeding over this. Believers worldwide and through ages past have been tortured, skinned alive, burned to death, and slaughtered for proclaiming the name of Christ. We don't rescue these children, God does. This ache in your heart is anxiety. George Mueller said the beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. Just because you don't know the outcome doesn't mean the outcome will be bad. Honestly - it won't be bad- even if it isn't what you want. Though many cling to Jeremiah 29:11 as a promise for good things to come, there is no guarantee that the outcome will correspond with our desires. He knows the plan He has for us... He doesnt guarantee WE will know it. The GOOD and not harm, HOPE, and FUTURE are from HIS perspective. Because it (whatever the outcome) is what He allows, what He wills... He will grow you from it and through it ...if you submit.

"Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?" (Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV)

Read the rest of Psalm 56. Put your money where your mouth is. Trust your God to do what He does best and then give Him the glory for it. Whatever "it" is.

1 comment:

  1. Amen! What a blessing and encouragement this is to read my dear friend!