"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
A Fearless Heart
What do you fear? Is it failure? Do you fear man? Perhaps it’s public speaking? Snakes? The dark? Death? Whatever fears we may have, it is obvious by Biblical evidence that love is not perfected in our hearts yet. First John 4:18 tells us:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
Jesus is the example for all in the Christian faith; without a doubt that Jesus walked fearless on this earth. We see Jesus confronting demons, in the desert alone, walking on water in the middle of a night storm, confronting the intellectual religious minds of the time and ultimately we see Him embracing the cross as He gave His life for us. Jesus was fearless. Many of us are consumed with many fears; fears that torment us every day. Fear of the family secret being exposed; fear that everybody will find out about that shameful thing you did, of losing our children to the silence of the grave; fear that our spouses will leave us, that we will die of a fatalistic illness; fear of losing our job, of wars… should I keep going?
God is calling us to be fearless; we are only called to fear (to reverence) God. God is calling us to look at the face of tribulation, the face of hardship and the face of pain with the attitude of a Clint Eastwood: “Come on, make my day!” David put it this way:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me…” Psalm 23:4
Knowing that God is with us and in us is all the motivation we need to keep it together in times of adversity. No demon in hell, no evil of any kind can stand the slightest chance against the power of our God; we must know that as a revelation in our heart! However, many of us are filled with many fears whether we want to admit it or not; so shall we pray for courage? Maybe…but I’d rather pray for love; for love “…casts out fear…”
Children of God, it is time to stop running, time to stop hiding. Engage, children of God; it’s time to step up to the ring of demonic opposition and strike with our kicks of faith, our jabs and crosses of hope, our upper-cups of assurance and our hooks of victory. It’s time to finish that walk on water that Peter started, but this time, keep our eyes on Christ. It’s time to tell the giants that no matter their sizes, no matter their weapons, no matter their army, intelligence and the size of their sword…we come against them in the name of the Lord. May the Lord grant us a fearless heart today!