You Can’t Live in Fear
When I was young I use to read a comic book called Ghost Rider. This was about a lost soul who could look in the eyes of an evil person and reflect all the pain and fear they had caused other people back at them and the result would drive them insane. Now that has nothing to do with what I’m saying other than his favorite saying was, “You can’t live in fear”. I was reminded of it when I read my verse for the day.
The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1.
When the Lord brought the Hebrews out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. They sent out scouts to survey the land, and gain intelligence on the resources and the inhabitants. They sent 12 scouts in all to investigate the land the Lord had promised.
When the scouts returned, ten of the scouts spread stories of how strong the current inhabitants were, stories of giants and great cities and powers. Effectively scaring the whole of the Hebrew race. They whipped up a strong frenzy in the Hebrews who now wished they had never left Egypt or that they had died in the wilderness, rather than face the enemies below.
Two of the scouts however, brought back reports of how plenteous the land was, ripe fields ready for the harvest. Cities that were waiting to be conquered, and militaries in ill repair that were weakened by to many years in splendor. The two scouts were Caleb and Joshua.
Caleb and Joshua remembered what the Lord had done for the Hebrew, how he had called them out of Egypt, parted the sea and crushed the Pharaoh and his immense army of chariots. How the Lord had always been before them. Providing food, shelter, and water along their journey. How the Lord had prepared their path and protected their way.
Many times we as followers look out at the world, work, and our neighborhood and all we see are the fortifications, the walls of stone that are build up. The weapons poised for defense, and the fires burning behind iron gates. We become fearful, and sheepish, choosing to avoid the confrontation, and keeping silent. Not doing what the Lord has commanded us all. Praying the Lord would send others to do what he has already sent us to do.
We forget that the Lord has delivered us from bondage and protected us from our enemies. Forgetting that the Lord has provided us food and nourishment, shelter and a stronghold. He has given us strength and a comforter who resides within us. We forget to look at His provisions. The armor he has given us, we choose not to take up the shield and the sword for fear of rejection from those who reject Him.
How sad it is, that if we, just looked with remembrance in what the Lord has done for us we could see so much more. We would see the fields ripe for harvest, and the rust on the enemy’s weapons. We would see the foundation of the enemy build on shifting sands and unable to withstand the pressures of their buildings. We would see a tabernacle already prepared for the Lord to indwell.
We are all called to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember it is written, “ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” Acts 1:8 If you have ever wondered what it is that God wants you to do…. “Here’s Your Sign!”, as Bill Engvall would say. Let us all remember that we will all be called to give a testimony for what Christ has done for us.
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