Is it wrong to fear? Is it wrong to doubt? Is it a sign of “Christian failure” if we are sad, angry, doubtful, or afraid?Jesus said “do not fear, and why so little faith?” It seems that if we have to overcome fear then we are lacking faith. But His grace is sufficient in our weakness and our fears!
My weakness strengthens my faith because of Jesus. When Peter was walking on water I am sure he was afraid the entire time, but it didn’t matter as long as he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus. The storm around him was scary, he could’ve died. He didn’t lack faith because he was afraid; he lacked faith because he took his eyes off Jesus.
On Sunday during church I had a moment where it felt like my fear was ready to consume me; in fact I’ve been struggling with a certain area of my life and I’ve been simply trusting God blindly because it’s not getting better. Isn’t that what we always expect from God, to make everything better in our own way and on our own terms? But life hasn’t been getting better in this one particular area, and I went to church hoping that I could move past what I was struggling with instead of staying home and struggling with these hurt feelings and stirred up emotions.
But honestly going to church probably wasn’t the best idea because something was said and I was ready to be consumed with the emotions that got stirred up even more. But as I sat through church I started reading God’s Word and I was so encouraged by the time the service was over. I needed to be in God’s Word, and I honestly believe that part of the reason why this particular area of my life isn’t “getting better” is because I continue to neglect my time with God in order to try and improve this certain situation.
Sometimes we devote our time and energy to the things we fear, and the situations that continuously cause us pain.
Isn’t it the most liberating thought to know that the only One we truly are called to be fully and completely devoted to is God? (Though shalt not have no other idols before me!)
That’s not to say we neglect and abandon everything and everyone else that is important to us; however, it is completely freeing to me that I am to have no other god before The Lord. To me that means that if God is at the center of my life then I am not responsible for the things that are not in my control.
Being devoted to our fears, our weakness, or even our idols will not help us to fix whatever drought or problem we are facing.
Here are three reasons why we need to fix our eyes back on Jesus instead of being focused on hiding our weaknesses and our fears:
- If we can’t admit our weakness then we are lacking faith. We fear our weakness more than we fear God. Fearing God can be a difficult concept to comprehend. Also, the concept that God is a jealous God is another one that is difficult to embrace considering we all know that God is love, full of mercy, grace, and compassion. But when we are busy trying to cover up our weakness we are saying we are more concerned with what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. We are also saying that this weakness has the power to destroy us, and it really does if we aren’t focusing on God. When we fear God and have a sense of awe towards Him then the power of weakness actually diminishes and our empowerment through the life that God has given us resumes.
- When Jesus faced the cross He was afraid; however, He drew strength from God. Jesus kept his focus on the JOY set before Him! Fear has a beautiful way of reminding us that we need Jesus. Tragedy has a funny way of letting us know that we are not in control. What an empowering feeling it must’ve been for Jesus to know that even death has no power over Him, and what an even greater gift for Him to know that through His death we would be set free from that fear too if we choose too believe in Him. Jesus was devoted to God and the mission that God had for His life. He fixed His eyes on God, rebuked satan, and looked ahead to the JOY that was set before Him.
- We need to find freedom and help others find that freedom, too. Jesus came to find the lost and the heal the sick. If we are constantly acting like we have it all together then how are we helping ourselves and others? I’ve known people who have literally done everything they could to hide their weaknesses and flaws simply because they couldn’t face them and they didn’t want me to know the truth. That put me in a difficult situation because all I could see were the lies they told and not the truth about who they were. Maybe the truth is painful and shameful for you; but isn’t it painful and shameful for us all? Sometimes it’s easier to lie than to be true to ourselves, and to tell the truth to others, or to even confess our sin to God. But the lies, the shame, and the pain don’t typically go away until we’ve asked God for forgiveness and we’ve repented of our sin. The only way to do this is to finally be honest about the broken person that we truly are inside and the sin that we struggle with. I truly believe the only thing keeping us from walking in God’s grace for our life is our own pride. If our message is one of pride, lying, covering up our weakness, and never growing into the Holy one that God created us to be then whatever message we are sending is truly irrelevant to the cause that Jesus died for.
I think one of the most life-giving experiences we can every have is to surrender our fears and weaknesses to God. It is the whole reason why Jesus came to die on the cross, to set us free from all that is holding us back in this life!
Sometimes its difficult to explain what worship is to me. I mean, I wrote a whole book and I still feel like God continues to reveal to me MORE on what it means to worship Him and to live a life devoted to just Him, and why that is so important. But then again God did write a whole book on the issue of worshipping Him, too, and sometimes we still just don’t get it.
But right now I would say worship is keeping my eyes on Jesus in spite of my weakness and my fears. It’s knowing that if someone is using my weakness against me, or if they are completely disregarding my heart in order to satisfy their own pride, then worshipping God helps me to remember that He is devoted to me in spite of all that pain. It’s enough for me to know that Jesus is with me even when the storm rages on around me.
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In Breaking Pride you will learn to identify different areas of pride in your life. Filled with encouragement, Breaking Pride will take you through a practical reading of what pride may look like in your life…
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