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Turn On The Light

Have you ever been afraid at night? Think back to when you were a kid in your room, and the lights turned off. As you looked around the room while your eyes were adjusting, your brain made up some scary figures and imagined crazy things. That’s usually when fear enters and people get scared. That’s also when you yell for your parents to come back to turn on a light. There’s something comforting about having light when you’re scared. It helps you feel at peace, it illuminates those shadowy figures and let’s you rest. The problem sometimes is that fear often paralyzes and keeps us from turning on the light or asking for it.

In 2 Samuel 11, David was walking on his rooftop when he saw a beautiful woman taking a bath. He summonsed her to his castle and slept with her. When she sent word that she got pregnant, fear came in and he tried to cover it up. He brought her husband back from war, but he refused to go home to be with his wife. Fear then escalated David’s behavior to the point he had her husband killed at war so he could marry her. It was then that the prophet Nathan came to bring to light what David had done. He repented and wrote Psalm 51 in the process.

John 1:4-5 says, “The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out” (GNT). When we sin, fear wants to push us away from God and His Word, but that’s exactly what we need. He is the Light that shines in the darkest corners of our lives. His light drives out fear, brings peace and illuminates things that need to go. Fear tells you that you need to keep those things in the dark, but fear also complicates our lives like it did for David. If that fear has been controlling you, call out to your Heavenly Father to come turn on the light through His Word and find forgiveness and rest for your soul.

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Pushing Past Fear

I remember the day we were in chapel in high school when they announced that a girl was going to come up and sing a special. We all looked at each other and said, “She can sing? She doesn’t even talk!” About that time, this shy girl was escorted up on stage. She looked terrified and the microphone was shaking in her hand. Without warning, and with no music playing, she started singing. It was incredible! We sat there shocked as she sang this song. As soon as it was over, we all jumped to our feet and cheered. She went on to win several singing competitions and is a worship pastor at a church today.

The Bible is full of people who were timid and shy about using their gifts and talents. Moses had a speech impediment, but God chose him to lead Israel out of slavery and through the desert. Timothy is another example. He was young and inexperienced, but God chose him to be a pastor. Paul’s letters to him were always encouraging him to continue to step out in faith into his calling despite his fear. I grew up quoting several of Paul’s messages to him because I needed to hear those words. We simply cannot allow fear to hold us back from using the gifts God has given us.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and sensible” (MSG). Almost every other version starts out with, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” In the verse before, Paul reminds Timothy to fan his gifts into flames. We fan them into flames by pushing through the fear and doing what God put into us to do. Almost anyone who uses their gifts experiences fear. The ones who push past that spirit and embrace God’s spirit of power, love and a sound mind get to experience the satisfaction of fulfilling their purpose. It’s up to each one of us to find the encouragement we need, step out in faith and do what God has created us to do. Pushing past the fear isn’t easy, but it is necessary.

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Courage To Pray

Recently I asked people on social media what their definition of courage was. I got quite a few responses. Some gave people’s names. Some told stories of maintaining faith in difficult circumstances. The rest had some form of doing what needed to be done in the face of fear. Every one of us face fear of some kind, and its intent is to keep us quiet and still. It tells us we don’t belong, don’t have the right, that we will be embarrassed and ridiculed. Fear makes us think that we don’t have a seat at the table or the right to ask God for things in prayer.

In Matthew 15, a Canaanite woman came to Jesus to request healing for her daughter, but Jesus ignored her. The disciples wanted her to go away. She begged Jesus again to help her. In verse 26, Jesus replied, “It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs” (GNT). Despite being told she didn’t have a seat at the table, she pushed through her fear and kept asking. Finally Jesus said, “You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you.” The Lord answered her request because her faith was greater than her fear.

Psalm 10:17 says, “You will listen, O Lord, to the prayers of the lowly; you will give them courage.” I believe He gives us the courage to keep asking despite what the doctors say, what others think or what fear makes us feel. Don’t let fear of rejection, fear of the worst happening or fear of what God may say keep you from praying and asking for the impossible. God hears every prayer no matter who it comes from. Through Jesus, you and I have a right to enter God’s heavenly throne room to make our requests known. Enter into His presence today and tell Him what you need.

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