Okay, we’re living in a troubled time.  That’s a certainty.  However, how we choose to express our faith in spite of what we see and hear becomes our testimony and report.  We, as believers, must begin to consistently place action behind the declarations that we utter and proclaim our God is the answer to the questions, problems, and circumstances of a dying generation.

When we allow our countenance to display hopelessness and despair, express our frustrations over our pulpits, and pray in earnest while preparing for the worst, we are proclaiming fear to be greater than the God we serve.  Think about it.  We express this very thing in the way we complain on social media, in the way that we parrot the most horrid of news stories, and allow our words to communicate defeat, alarm and uncertainty regarding the world.

Has everything become an imminent threat?  In truth, we’ve become lazy in our approach to meeting the needs of our communities; and our message, at times, is little more than religious rhetoric about atheists, homosexuals, Muslims, politics, illegal immigrants, inner-city schools, urban criminals, and big government.  We have all but patented the disparaging commentary regarding the state of the world and consistently proclaim it is on the verge of judgement and damnation.

While we loudly proclaim that Jesus is Lord, we have practically become hypocrites to our own cause, as our actions speak at greater volume that we are fearful of the world that we live in.  This great Gospel that should be heralded as the good news for all who are lost, all who hunger and thirst, and all who seek deliverance and freedom is effectively drowned out by the noise of our inaction and destructive tongues.

The Word of God proclaim that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).  Yet, it seems that we should pray for the strength to rise from our knees after kneeling before the false god of fear who has acquired many devoted worshippers.  Or better yet, our time might be better spent repenting for presenting a figure-head deity to the world instead of the God who created all things and still reigns with power.   Has our God lost His Old Testament swagger?  I think not.

Truth is, God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).  Do we really believe the scriptures?  Or do we have a surface knowledge of who God truly is but lack scriptural faith that realizes His omniscience?  After all, He’s the God who created the worlds, calmed the seas, healed the sick, and raised the dead.  He’s the God who is in all places at all times, stands outside of time, and had the wherewithal to swear by His own name when no one else worthy could be found.

Do you really believe that He has lost touch with any aspect of His creation; that He’s not in control?  If you are doubtful, could it be that your god isn’t big enough to handle your view of the world?  Could it be that you’ve been kneeling to worship fear—surrendering your all to it—and have cast aside faith?  God forbid!

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