FAITH - GOD IS NOT
AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
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Fear - Where Do We
Get It ?
8 - 15: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to
fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out
is it that many followers of our Lord insist on continuing to update
us on all the things we need to be fearful about? The latest “this
or that” is constantly on their lips.
becoming “strangely” predictable? Why strangely? Firstly, fear is
considered bondage in our scripture from Romans. Secondly, the bible
is full of “fear nots”!
worldly default emotion is to fear when events look out of control.
That’s what humans do. It’s a perfectly natural expression to be
interpreted as “extreme care”. But for us who are called to be
different, an atmosphere of utter and complete trust in God is to be
our residing place of permanency, complete with a dialog to match the
see for us who claim to have lives that are secured in the palm of
God’s gracious hand, fear is an expression of dis-trust not care
nor concern. It’s us saying: God is not in control, “they” are
or “it” is therefore “we” better be vigilantly on guard.
if God isn’t in control, then we definitely aren’t and to think
otherwise is ludicrous! But He is and that’s the point. Faith says:
“He is”. Fear says: “It doesn’t look like it”.
52 -7: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet who bring good
news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim
salvation, who say to Zion: “Your God reigns”!
being Zion, need to hear and say “our God reigns” far more often,
with a “no matter what” application to its confession. It’s our
God granted provision of sanity, in what is often an insane world.
It’s a statement of faith that confirms to the world and ourselves:
We will emphatically believe the report of our Lord! “No matter
there’s an obvious answer to this strange dilemma, but not one we
want to hear. What we “say” we believe is too often no more than
an intellectual agreeing to something. In reality, we don’t really
believe nearly enough in God’s sovereignty to permanently allow our
hearts to be altered by Him to accommodate His almightiness. We like
“logic” and logic says: I’ll keep one hand on the steering
wheel of my life just in case I’m wrong about You God. You’re
welcome to join me but only with one hand”.
hypothetical to make a point: A married couple get up each morning
and before the husband leaves for work he hears the same reminder
every day from his wife. “Don’t forget to be faithful to me
today. I know you said you would the day we were married, and you’ve
done nothing to make me think otherwise since, so it’s not that I
don’t trust you, I’m simply reminding you and in the process,
checking in to assure myself that you can be trusted”.
husband in his right mind would interpret that as trust? What the
husband hears is this: I’m being evaluated on a daily basis as to
the validity of my faithfulness regarding my promises.
faith can be exactly like that. Each day, depending on circumstances,
we can as the “Bride Of Christ”, negotiate in our minds whether
we will or won’t trust our groom Jesus. “I’ll get right back to
you after I’ve checked the latest news Lord. Oh my goodness, God do
you know what’s going on “over there”. God are you aware of the
latest news about “them”. Are you sure you’re still in control
God? Just checking”. Sounds like a crazy internal daily dialog
doesn’t it, and yet we do it!
circumstantial “fair weather faith” that works when everything’s
going well, but tragically gone when we most need it, and we fear!
to our question: Where do we get it? From each other! Those who fear
love to share and we get to bear what they share!
in the day of a young teenage David, God’s entire army including
the King believed that Goliath and the Philistines were in control
and to be feared, while simultaneously pretending otherwise in front
of God. Their “God Talk” was just that: “TALK”. David was
equally offended by their fear as he was Goliath’s taunts, and did
something about it. He put his actions where his mouth was and
Goliath fell, along with his compatriots! While admired by many,
those that chose to fear Goliath, but were enlisted to do the exact
opposite, weren’t quite so willing to jump on the David bandwagon.
You see, he had embarrassed them with his faith. I’m sure some of
them had hoped his “cockiness” would cost him his life, thereby
justifying their fear in their minds as legitimate and not cowardly.
something you might want to keep in mind if you are planning on going
“radical”. You won’t be in the majority. The good news: God
doesn’t need majorities but rather people who refuse to be
intimidated. Crazy people who trust Him above all else! Like David!
so reminded of day one in my walk with God. I was crazy in the most
wonderful of ways and rushed home to inform a close family member
what had transpired. His advice that greeted me: That’s nice but
don’t go getting all crazy about it. He was eight hours too late
with his counsel. I was already crazy and truth be known, still am!
While sharing this story of my beginnings with a friend a few years
ago, his conclusion was innocently but interestingly insightful. “So,
you were the annoying one”. Sadly true I guess. I’ve learned
crazy, drives people crazy, who aren’t crazy!
live in a day where Christians actually search for things to fear and
then bring back their report of negativism to enlighten us all as to
their findings. David would confirm, it’s not new!
would think by now, we would have learned the folly of such behavior
from our past. You can’t talk fear and experience faith
simultaneously! That is truly impossible!
Talk” eliminates contentment, peace and joy! The bible is clear:
“According to your faith, be it unto you”! Faith is a hugely
impactful substance that we have diluted to accommodate our finite
minds in an effort to make it understandable. In doing so we lose! In
the process we make ourselves susceptible to fear. Fear isn’t a
mystery! It’s the net result of undervaluing God while overvaluing
Goliaths. And we do it to ourselves. It’s self-inflicted not God
Faith On Our Terms
radical faith, not faith on our terms, changes everything
dramatically! It enables us to walk, talk, and interpret life
differently. More vertically not horizontally! It fearlessly defaults
to heaven’s perspective regarding all things that pertain to life
as its purposed agenda. You see, it doesn’t happen accidently or
through some magical formula of transference. It’s a conscious
decision on our part to trust God no matter what the circumstantial
evidence may suggest. It’s called radical for a reason. It defies
logic! It’s a non-negotiable lifelong commitment to refuse a bent
knee to fear. It’s a “David like”: I will fear NO evil”. It’s
a “Paul like”: If God is for us then what does it matter who’s
to your faith”, is not a one-time choice. It needs constant
maintenance in the light of our aforementioned updates of fear
enhancing content for our daily spiritual “ingestion” or more
corrected stated, “regurgitation”. Make no mistake about it,
content of dialog follows us throughout our days,
day we hear: ”Rejoice in the Lord always”, followed with: “The
sky is falling”! It’s a wonder we’re not all insane! But by the
grace of God we would be, I’m thinking.
Jesus said to Peter: “Feed My sheep”, I can’t imagine He meant
to choke them with fear inducing information that constantly denied
His sovereignty! Does anyone remember: Worry not, fear not and be
anxious for nothing? What happened to that directive from our Lord?
Or have we interpreted His words as optional suggestions?
terms” is what happened to it. As I think about it: Loving one
another and discipleship are further casualties of “our terms”.
terms faith” is in fact not faith, but rather an illusion of faith
and has the same life altering effectiveness as all other illusions.
is sovereign all the time or none of the time, but not on occasion
when it happens to suit us. That’s His terms! The bible is clear:
“Without faith it is impossible to please God”.
impossible? Because it’s dishonoring to our “Almighty God” to
be relegated by His own people to being less than anything or anyone!
Jesus has been given the name above all other names. When we magnify
other names we de-magnify His! We can’t have it both ways!
Think About Such
4 - 8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever
is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy,
think about such things”.
Paul was prescribing? Faith building not fear inducing meditation
and talk! The end of verse nine reveals to us our net result: “And
the God of peace will be with you”. If I lack peace, perhaps the
content of that which I “think about” is at the center of the
lack? We have so many amazing things to discuss concerning our
wonderful God that we shouldn’t have time to invest in other
content. In the world but not of it! Salt and light can lose their
potency when mired in negativity.
an amazingly edifying life companion our scripture from Philippians
would be as a filter that all talk ran through before exiting our
mouths! Gloom and doom never leaves anyone, including the one sharing
it, better off. It’s always been my experience that less of
something never more, is the inevitable result. To be clear: No one
means for that to be the case. But as Paul made clear: The cost for
doing so is the peace of God. That’s a very large loss incurred to
valuable days can be lost in the residue of its aftermath! Therefore,
does it not make sense to follow Paul’s instruction and censor
ourselves for the betterment of all, including God.
spoke those words from Philippians, in the middle of extreme
persecution. The followers of Jesus had their own version of ISIS at
the time! There’s always been a version!
yet amazingly here we are, bigger than ever! Just like He said: Jesus
continues to build His church and the gates of hell are not
prevailing against it! Although multiple attempts have been tried,
none have succeeded.
So Many Examples
didn’t talk about the lions but rather his God who created the
lions. The three Hebrew children weren’t checking out the
temperature of the furnace in fear as they considered their decision
to not worship the idle. They choose instead to proclaim the name of
their God who was higher than fire. We’ve already covered young
David who was offended but never fearful of Goliath. He did the math
and although recognizing nine feet nine inches is big, his God was
we have to conclude one of three things. One: Are these just
fabricated bible stories that never actually happed. Two: If they did
happen, is this a different God we are reading about. Three: The
stories are real and the God of today is the same God as then. If you
picked three you get to continue with our fourth possibility and
likely probability. Are we anything like our mentioned examples? Our
forefathers who had immersed themselves in a universe creating God. A
God who was more than big enough for whatever the challenge. A God
worthy of total trust and faith.
have we created a God, so small in our minds, that big issues are
beyond Him to resolve? Do we see Him as a victim of our circumstances
or is He perceived correctly as the victimizer of circumstances? An
honest answer to that leads us to our good news. God has never been
intimated by our issues nor has He shrunk in spite of our attempts to
should be thankful for the impossible-ness of that occurring. A
non-radical God is handy until something big comes our way. Then we
panic! We get intimated. We fear. We worry. We get very anxious! You
see, the size we have made Him, is directly rated to the faith we
have in Him! If to us He’s become a Sunday God, then nothing better
go wrong on Monday.
meditation and communication is the birth place of faith or a lack of
it. It’s emphatically important to evaluate what we say and think.
We are feeding our hearts and out of our hearts our mouths speak! A
small faith in a small God is easy to denounce if push comes to
shove. An intellectual only faith will vanish in a heartbeat if
challenged. No, we need a faith that sees past the obvious and fixes
itself on the glorious. We need a faith that declares: What furnace?
What lions? What Goliath? All I can see is God! A sovereign God. An
125 - 1: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which
cannot be shaken but endures forever”.
in the Lord is far more all-inclusive as a discipline than just
saying it. It’s power is found in doing it and refusing not to! It
sounds like this as we listen in once again to our three Hebrew
children facing their fiery furnace: “Our God is able to rescue us
but if He doesn’t, we still won’t worship your idle”! That’s
a “faith” offered up to God as a pleasing sacrifice I’m sure!
are called to walk by faith not by sight which means seeing God as
above all and confessing Him as such. It’s not to be an attitude of
occasional visitation but rather one of residing!
promised faith induced peace if we think on these things. Jesus
promised perfect peace for those whose minds are stayed on Him. Peace
that passes understanding. What a provision! But we must co-operate.
It won’t just fall on us nor will it be forced on us. It must
become a lifestyle of choice.
if you are getting tired of the spiritual roller coaster ride of
chasing the ups and downs of life on the planet and the leanings of
those who choose to do so, at the very next stop, just get off! No
one will know you’re gone but you and God. He will be holding the
door open for you from the outside! You see, God doesn’t
participate in the “ride”.
loves to be pleased by His own. Without faith that is scripturally
impossible. Let’s make it possible! Let’s transform in our hearts
the statement: “Our God Reigns”, from a question to be debated
daily, to a fact that we embrace always.
talk it and walk it without ceasing until others, including
ourselves, can no longer deny His sovereign status. Let’s commit to
accurately presenting our amazing God to a world that needs a BIG
God. Our God who said: There are no other Gods before Me or after Me.
I AM THE GREAT I AM! Folks, we have not joined forces with some
religious group but rather heaven itself! We are empowered by a
resurrected Savior as was the case in the book of Acts regarding the
early church. Nothing’s changed over the last two thousand years.
We are still the representatives of heaven’s viewpoint on all
matters that pertain to life and are not to adhere to worldly
directive from heaven? “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD”! And I’m
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