231014 – Deal with Your Fear 正视你的恐惧

1 Samuel 17:32 (NKJV) Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

We are all accustomed to responding to situations based on what our senses tell us. Nobody responded to Goliath’s challenge because they were intimidated by his stature. Fear causes us to freeze, flee, or be frightened. In the natural, it was possible for the army of Israel to defeat Goliath despite his height because it had to do with combat skills. But sadly, even though they were trained men of war, their hearts failed them and they were immobilized by fear. Similarly, if we don’t deal with our fear, it will dominate our lives and even rob us of our ability to do what we were trained and equipped to do.

There are times when we may have missed out on the opportunity, or the right timing to do certain things for the Lord, due to fear. Perhaps we should have acted in faith after hearing from Him, but we held back due to over-rationalising, thus allowing fear to slip in. It is important to catch God’s timing, but it requires faith.

2 Timothy 1:5-7 (NKJV) When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The Apostle Paul was certain that Timothy had genuine faith. However, Timothy needed to deal with fear that prevented him from stepping out to use his God-given gift and calling to serve and pastor the churches. Likewise, there is tremendous power from God residing within us, but we need a well-balanced mind to walk out His calling for us. Fear of the unknown, fear of man, and fear of failure can all hold us back from fulfilling our calling.

A spirit of fear can slip into our minds when we over-think and over-process the negatives of doing something for the Lord, whether at church or in the workplace. It can suppress, immobilise and cause us to be indecisive and ineffective. Fear is not from God, and it will prevent us from stepping out when we become overwhelmed by negative reports, an unfavourable environment or the unknown. Understanding the perfect love of God drives out all fear from our lives. All of us are uniquely made by God and He has freely given us different spiritual gifts, talents, life experiences and personalities, and we won’t get to experience God unless we step out in faith like David did.

Faith is stepping out into the unknown after God has given us a Word, even when we are faced with a “Goliath”. And we can overcome fear by meditating upon the Word, listening to it and reading it.

Sermon Series: Trailblazer (Part 2)


正视你的恐惧

撒母耳记上 17:32大卫对扫罗说:人都不必因那非利士人胆怯。你的仆人要去与那非利士人战斗。

我们非常习惯让感官带领我们作出反应。没有人响应歌利亚的挑战,因为他们被他的体型惊吓到。恐惧使我们要么僵住,要么因恐惧而逃离。在这种情况下,恐惧导致以色列军队躲避歌利亚。他们被吓坏了,僵住了。他们不知道如何应对威胁。正常情况下,杀死歌利亚是可能的,尽管他很高,但这只与打仗技能有关。可悲的是,虽然他们是受过训练的战士,但他们的心是软弱的,在恐惧下动弹不得。同样的,如果我们不处理自己的恐惧,那么它将主宰我们的生活,甚至会剥夺我们的能力导致我们不能完成我们被训练和装备去做的事。

有些时候,由于恐惧,我们错过了为主做某些事情的机会和时机。当我们听到主的声音后,本应凭信心去做某件事,但却因过分理性或让恐惧溜进而退缩。抓住神的时机很重要,但这需要信心。

提摩太后书1:5-7想到你心里无伪之信,这信是先在你外祖母罗以和你母亲友妮基心里的,我深信也在你的心里。 为此我提醒你,使你将上帝借我按手所给你的恩赐再如火挑旺起来。 因为上帝赐给我们,不是胆怯的心,乃是刚强、仁爱、谨守的心。

使徒保罗非常确信提摩太的信心是真实的。但是,提摩太需要面对的是克服恐惧,站出来行使上帝的恩赐和呼召去服事和牧养教会。同样,上帝的大能住在我们里面,但是我们需要清醒的头脑和稳定的情绪来完成上帝对我们的呼召。正是对未知的恐惧,害怕别人对我们的看法,甚至是对失败的恐惧,阻碍了我们来完成我们的呼召。

如果我们想为主做一些事,无论是在教会还是职场,当我们过度思考或是过度考量负面的结果,就会有恐惧的灵。恐惧的灵压制、束缚或导致我们在决定行动时犹豫不决没有果效!恐惧不是来自上帝。恐惧会阻止我们走出去,因为我们被负面报道、不利或陌生的环境吓倒了。理解上帝完备的爱可以驱走我们生活中所有的恐惧。我们所有人都是上帝独一无二的创造,祂赐给了我们不同的属灵恩赐、才干、生活经历和个性。除非我们像大卫一样怀着信心走出来,否则我们不会经历上帝!

信心是在上帝给了我们话语之后,哪怕要面对生命中的“歌利亚”,也愿意踏入未知。我们通过默想,聆听,研读上帝的话语来克服恐惧。

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