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March 17, 2020, 1:00 PM

3/17/2020

Choose to act when you face fear.

"Go with God and experience great gain, or stay where you are and suffer great loss. Move out of your comfort zone so Christ can be your sole comfort." – Boyd Bailey

     Sometimes we face situations filled with uncertainty, change, loss, and loneliness. When we consider our own strengths, resources and abilities to face them, it is natural to be afraid.


     I vividly remember doing one of the hardest things I’d ever done after my father died. I had to walk into the mortuary alone and go see his body. I prayed for strength, of course, but it still took me several minutes to gather the nerve to enter the room. But I acted. I went forward, viewing the shell of the body that had been my father. Overwhelmed, I wept for a few minutes. Then I calmed, remembering the good things about him. I could quietly thank the Lord for the years we had shared, and I spoke out loud to the body of my dad. I had never been so thankful for the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ than I was at that moment. I left that room in the funeral home sad but thankful. Before leaving, I said, “Dad, I will see you later.” I truly meant it.


     Sometimes, it is necessary to act and obey when we are afraid. We don’t always have the luxury of waiting until our feelings catch up with the truth. In those times, we can choose to get out of the boat of our self-sufficiency and walk toward the Lord, or we can stay where it seems safe but miss divine opportunities. While it is true that in some cases the Lord wants us to wait on Him, many times He is waiting on us to make the choice to trust Him and take action. It’s not a weakness to experience fear. We can feel the fear but still choose to obey and take action in spite of it. When we do, He will always be there to help us.


Consider this:


▪ Read: 2 Timothy 1:1-7.

▪ In what areas of your life are you prone to fear?

▪ How can you choose to act and obey in those particular areas?

 

Pray! Ask the Lord to enable you to choose faith over fear.

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