Once in a while, I come across a message that simply needs to be shared without much editorializing. Like so many of you, I struggle with various fears, so today I’d like to share the following words on the topic from Pastor Selwyn Hughes.
When Simon Peter stepped out of the boat and attempted to walk on the water to Jesus, he was afraid. “And beginning to sink he cried out ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30). Fear makes you sink.
When Jesus healed the paralytic, His first word was, “Have courage, son,” and His second, “Your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2). When Jesus lifted the guilt, this lifted the fear which, in turn, lifted the paralysis.
When the disciples fell on their faces at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration, terrified because they had heard the voice of God, Jesus said: “Get up; don’t be afraid” (Matthew 17:7). Fear puts you down; faith lifts you up.
The man who brought back the unused talent said: “I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground” (Matthew 25:25). His life investment was in a hole in the ground! Fear did it.
Again, it was said of the disciples that they were gathered, “with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews” (John 20:19). Fear always puts you behind closed doors; it causes you to become an ingrown person.
Joseph of Arimathea was “a disciple of Jesus – but secretly because of his fear of the Jews” (John 19:38). Fear always drives a person underground.
Look at the effects of fear mentioned above. It makes us sink, steals our courage, puts us down, paralyzes us, puts us behind closed doors, and drives us underground. No wonder the consistent message of Scripture is DO NOT FEAR. If God is for us, who indeed can be against us! (Romans 8:31) –Dave
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