Choosing Faith Over Fear

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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from that which is subtitled in my Bible: God of All Comfort:                                2 Corinthians 1:3    All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us.  4  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.  5  You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.  6  So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation! For when God comforts us, it is so that we, in turn, can be an encouragement to you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  7  We are confident that as you share in suffering, you will also share God’s comfort.  8  I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it.  9  In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead.  10  And he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us.

I particularly love verse 9   But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead.

I know that for the last couple of weeks I have preached much about the condition of this country, and it’s cause. Our culture has been spitting in God’s face with our demeaning of Christian attitudes.

God has and continues to warn us of the consequences of such actions. Some of my messages may have seemed to promote fear. The bottom line is that they were not to frighten but to warn; with hopes of soliciting not thoughts or words but action attempting to be a warrior in the war against this spiritual warfare that scripture keeps telling us we will have to come to grips with.

As we find ourselves more and more in desperation as our world around us seems to change moment by moment, we need to find solace in the replacing of fear with the same hope allowed us as that which was received by the Israelites.

Fear pounded in the hearts of the Israelites. Ahead of them lay the seemingly un-crossable waters of the Red Sea. Behind them the chariots of the armies of the Pharaoh thundered toward them. Their panicked complaint to Moses came in the form of an accusation: “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?”  This was desperation, pure and simple. The Israelites faced the dread of returning to slavery in Egypt or death by drowning in the Red Sea.

We too live in desperate times. Life still throws daunting challenges our way that make us feel like we’re trapped. Men and women find themselves out of work and without options. Young people face a future absent of the opportunities – their education seemingly wasted as they fill the next coffee order.

For such desperate times, hope is the only remedy. But not the flimsy, empty wishes and happy thoughts we often spout when we don’t know what to say but want to say something.

How we respond to these desperate times says a great deal. How should followers of Jesus react? What do our reactions say about the significance of our faith to those who observe us?  Do they see in us a reason to hope?

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