Scripture: Therefore we shall not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake at the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult, there is a river whose streams make glad the city of GOD, the Holy Habitation of the Most High Psalms 46:2-4
Fear is a natural reaction of man. Psychologists say that fear is the outcome of human beings self-preservation response. Christians are not immune to fear. We get sick, we lose loved ones, we lose jobs or investments. We are all susceptible to these challenges whether we like it or not. These are personal fears. Yet, there is another fear that grips the mind of a human being. This is the fear of tomorrow.
In the beginning, GOD gave human beings dominion over the Earth. He put us in charge with the hope that we would become co-creators. But, our actions appear to lean more on co-destroying. We have completely transformed Earth’s design. The planet’s biodiversity and scenic beauty is dying. Wherever we look, we see the reality of human power. We see weapons of mass destruction, guns and other technological innovations. We hear of more technological advancements. Rather than exalt GOD for the far we have come, we exalt ourselves.
At the night before Jesus was crucified, He told the soldiers who came with the high priests,
But this is your hour—when darkness reigns Luke 22:53
This scripture is true when you look at it from another dimension. We live in a time of human arrogance (Isaiah 2:17-18). Those who struggle with the faith risk marveling at human power and intelligence; yet forgetting the supremacy of GOD over all things.
We live in a time when most of us are accultured to unbelief. It is odd for one to say, ‘trust in GOD.’ To make matters worse, we see all these skyscrapers and technology instead of forests, mountains, valleys, or the vastness of the sea. As such we see the power of human, and forget the glory of God. This acculturation gets challenged when we face personal struggles and pressures. For example, when you get the doctors report that you have Cancer, or some terminal disease. Suffering reminds us of our limitations. Certain challenges humble us for they remind us that human is not all-powerful.
Yet, this is the best time to seek the truth about GOD through scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is the time to ‘test the spirits of the one preaching (1 John 4:1-6). It is also a time to remember, in fear, that judgement begins in the house of GOD (a.k.a the church) (1 Peter 4:17).
Your Rod and Your Staff, they Comfort me (Psalms 23:4)
The bible states that faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:9). It is not something we tell ourselves every morning like a mantra. Faith is a spiritual gift that is birthed within our hearts. When we surrender our lives to GOD, we ask Him for His spirit to strengthen us. The Holy Spirit is an important ally in such a time. It is the Holy Spirit that triggers faith in us. The genesis of this faith is when we make the personal decision to believe in Jesus.
I need to repeat that: Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The flesh succumbs to fear. We fear tomorrow and we worry about the world. The Bible in the book of Isaiah prophesied this! Isaiah 7:9 says:
If your faith is not enduring! You will not endure!
An enduring faith is the works of God’s spirit in your heart.
I love what Psalms 23:4 says. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, your rod and your staff they comfort me. This statement reveals the strength of the faith of the writer. At times we feel as if we are walking in the valley of the shadow of death. But, for your heart to say, ‘but your rod and your staff they comfort me,’ that would take Holy Spirit faith.
Jesus has more power now than when He was on Earth. We all know what He did on earth. Demons saw him and went away yelling that He is the Son of GOD (Luke 4:41). It seems the only ones who do not understand the truth about Jesus are human beings. The devil uses our lack of knowledge to trick us. He has done this from the very beginning.
In Genesis, the serpent deceives the woman to eat of the tree of good and evil. Why didn’t he convince her to eat of the tree of life? (Genesis 2:17). Our lack of spiritual knowledge has always and continues to be the cause of our defeat. When Jesus was on earth, some villages saw his humanness and doubted his authority. This is a man who drove out demons and raised the dead. Yet, some said, ‘Are you not the son of Joseph and Mary?” (Matthew 13:55). These towns were unable to see the power of Christ. However, the truth is this:
And Jesus said to them, All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18)
There is more on our side than there is against us. There is GOD and there is Christ. When Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, panicked because the Syrian army was heading towards them, Elisha prayed to GOD to open his servant’s eyes that he may see. What did Gehazi see? He saw “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17-20). What of now when all authority belongs to Christ, the King of Kings? How ironic is it that at the time when Jesus is enthroned we lose our faith to the pressures of life.
We have Jesus enthroned. And the Holy Spirit is the spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9/Acts 16:6). When we become Christians, we work with the Holy Spirit to become better people. The evidence of this transformation is in the fruits that we bear. Fruits such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, patience, humility, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). I love what the scriptures say. The word says that there is no law against such things as these (Galatians 5:23). True Christians build bridges, not burn them. True Christians reflect the nature of Christ as they have the spirit of Christ within them. If you struggle with Christianity then it is about time you repented and asked the Holy Spirit for help.
GOD said to Jesus, “sit here at my right, until I put the nations as a footstool under your feet” (Psalms 110:1). GOD knows about the changes, rebelliousness, and irreligiousness affecting the world today. He knows the beginning and the end. But, to us, it may look like religion is at its end. If you feel that way, then this blog is for you. Look to Christ and see the glory in Revelation 1. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, I have overcome the world” (John 14:1).
When we strengthen our faith to see this victory, then we become a people who can better impact the world. We become a people who are not afraid to speak out against oppression, inequality, injustice, and wars. In our personal lives and families, we become encouragers. Prayer warriors!
To some, it might look like GOD is missing. If you feel this way, then you should follow what Mary Magdalene and the women who were involved in the ministry did after the crucifixion (John 20:13-15). These women sought Jesus even after his death. When they went to cover his body with spices, they encountered an angel who told them that he is alive. You think Christ is dead? Then strive to obey the teachings in the New Testament, the teachings of the Scripture as the spirit of GOD leads you. Do not be amazed when you discover that He is risen! By following the body of the LORD, you might find that He has always been there with you even before you came to know him.
Faith is walking with Jesus daily. It is choosing to honor him by being thankful and doing what is right. Faith is in Christ. This is not a new doctrine. It is the same doctrine that has been preached from old by the prophets and the disciples. We have lost ourselves to the marvel and the pleasures of the modern world. We may have forgotten the role of spirituality in the life of a human being. Yet, if you wish to discover the truth about Jesus, then the path is simple. He is a prayer away. One does not need to say much. Like the Blind Bartimaeus, it is a matter of saying, “I want to see again” (Mark 10:51).
Fear not, He is still with us.