A Fearless Heart


David

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!

One thought on “A Fearless Heart

  1. I always thought of perfect love as a goal; and not as an immediate result. Even Paul admits he hasn’t attained it. It is, however, a goal. As Paul writes, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). Most versions translate this verse “I press.” Most of the time when we use the word press; it has a feeling of pressing up against an immovable object. For most of us that has been our experience as Christ followers. We don’t seem to make a lot of progress, but we are diligent to keep pushing. The original Greek had a meaning in the world of track and field of which the Greek culture was so keen. It was the word used to describe a sprinter coming across the finish line. A more illustrative description for the faithful is the effort that is required of all of us. Sprints are won by thousandths of a second. That last effort makes the difference.

    I wonder sometimes what would happen if Christ followers, no matter what their condition, focused all their energy on developing a strong faith to follow Jesus no matter what! We often hear of how our faith helps us to survive the struggles of life. Faith does help us persevere and find strength when we need it. Paul, however, is a guy who took all of his strength and energy and offered it to Jesus Christ. I think sometimes I get a little soft around the edges and forget that, though my relationship with Jesus is through grace, He is looking for fearless followers to stretch towards the finish line, giving all they have to reach the goal of perfect love.

    That’s the way I want to live my life. Maturing, growing, stretching, right up to the end, pursuing my relationship with Jesus Christ, in gain or in loss; in victory or in defeat! I must ask God to forgive me for trusting in my works, my good deeds, and my religious rituals. I want to trust only in Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection. I am in this race to the end! No matter what happens, I will endure because Jesus endured suffering for me! I must grow in holy living because Jesus told his disciples to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ” (Matt 5:48). This is the standard that God set for his people. Therefore, “let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1). Let us “press toward” the goal of perfect love that God has for us so that “we might also are delivered from the torment of fear into the glories liberty of the sons of God.

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