I was reading a scripture the other day that stated emphatically that those that were fearful would not be in the Kingdom of God. That kind of set me back a minute. I mean aren’t we all at one time or another fearful? Isn’t there good reason, sometimes, to be fearful?
How does God deal with that I wondered?
As I began to think about it I remembered a line from a recent movie. [After Earth] “A man was telling his son, who was a cadet in training and on a dangerous mission, that Fear was a Choice. Fear was not real! Danger was real but Fear came from inside us. It was a product of our imagination.”
That began to make sense to me. When you think of Faith and Fear in the same context you see that Faith is also a Decision. Fear does not become real until you make the decision to be afraid. Faith does not become real either until you decide to be faithful. Actions follow both decisions showing what you really feel.
As James said; you show your faith by your actions – you show your fear in the same way.
There are so many scriptures where God tells us that nothing can take us from Him, that He is always with us and that if He is for us WHO can possible be against us successfully. So it gets down to that basic fact. Do we believe God. Many of our own people who should know better do not believe God.
In reality they are not willing to leave their fate in God’s hands. Trusting Him to make all things work for the good. Rather they behave like Adam and Eve wanting desperately to make their own decisions as to what was right or wrong rather than have God decide it for them.
Many of our people live a life of FEAR. Worrying about what is coming and how they are going to possibly get through it. They fret about it, they try to figure out how to prepare for it. They are constantly saying to themselves that they cannot possibly go through what is coming. And they are afraid, deathly afraid, that they might have to.
We all sometimes forget that God was serious when he told us that He would not put us through more than we could bear without making a way to escape it. If we believe what He said, why do we concern ourselves? I guess it is just human nature. But wait a minute isn’t that what we are supposed to be putting away in our lives? Aren’t we supposed to be overcoming our Human Nature and replacing it with God’s Nature? We are supposed to be putting on Jesus Christ allowing Him to live His life in us. Would He be afraid?
Brethren Danger is Danger, we should prepare ourselves and yet we should never be afraid because God will always have our backs. It is just as they said in the movie, a decision on our part. Do we decide to be afraid or do we decide to have Faith in the promises that our Heavenly Father has given to us.
He puts the fearful with very bad company brethren:
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Not a place any of us would want to be!
Part of what we are to do in responding to the Knock of Jesus Christ, in this ERA of His church, is to DECIDE to believe in Him. To have actions that reflect that belief. To prepare in Faith (not fear) for what is coming. To gather ourselves together with ZEAL watching in faith and confidence for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ(Luke 17:30). Not the coming of the Great Tribulation.