Have you ever had a choice to make, and talked yourself out of doing something because it would be difficult? This especially happens with jobs. For me, it seems to happen every time I look for new employment. An exciting new opportunity arises, and I talk myself out of even applying because of all the hard work and change that would happen if I get the job. Does anyone else think this is crazy?! This can even happen when you know God is leading you somewhere. But if God is leading us, should we really be so afraid to even try?
Paul writes to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT). God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He wants us to stand in His power and try. We must then place our faith and trust in Him to help us. As I said last week, there are many times in the Bible that people were able to overcome impossible odds because they put their trust in God. Paul’s statement to Timothy is telling us that God doesn’t want us to be afraid, or too timid to try. God want’s us to stand strong in His power and do our best!
Let’s do something about being to scared to act. Let’s stand in the power of Christ and say “I Trust You!” Take the risk knowing that God will lead you through it.
Psalms to Pray: Psalm 27-30
Today I was thinking about what holds churches, and especially leadership, from achieving their true potential. As I think about the ministries I’ve seen start and fail, and the one’s that I’ve seen limp along, there is one thing that seems to stand out to me. The leadership seems to be afraid to try something new. I’m not sure if it’s actually a fear of failure, or we are unwilling to try new things because of success in the past. We get so tangled up in doing things the way they’ve always been done, that we don’t realize that stagnant spirit may be what’s killing the ministry after all.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul writes, “… fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NLT). Do you understand that friends? God has not given us the ability of fear or the need to be timid. He wants us to over come those fears and be people of courage. “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 NLT).
I feel that there is a lot of fear in the Christian world. Fear of being ridiculed, fear of negative reactions, fear of being condemned by society for not doing the “right” thing. I’m not saying that these fears are invalid. I have these same struggles myself. However, God wants us to overcome that fear. He doesn’t want the Church to become crippled by fear or offense. So I pray that we are all able to overcome our fears; that we are able to stand on our soap-boxes and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for all to hear. If we are able to do this, maybe our ministries won’t fall apart because of a fear of change. Instead God will help us change in order to reach more people for His cause.