FAITH AND FEAR ARE TWO OPPOSITE WORDS
One early morning, a lady received shocking news that her date - one likable young man whom she had spent the previous evening with had lost his life in a car accident. He was on his way back home after the delightful evening when he died in the accident. The lady felt paralyzed with horror as she stood by the telephone when the news was broken to her. “What a fate!” She screamed to herself. She could still picture the man talking with her in the evening they spent together, full of joy. And now he was dead just like that! She was suddenly stricken with fear of death as she realized how uncertain her own life was. Supposing she was with him in the car, the chances were that she would also be dead.
Just as she was trying to recover from the shock, one of her friends who always picked her while going to work called on her outside the house, asking, “Are you ready?”
The lady felt as if her friend was asking her if she was ready to ride in her car, crash and die with her! She answered immediately and irritably, “no, I’m not ready.” But then, she has not yet answered the real question: Are You Ready To Face Your Maker? Within that short while, she realized her pitiable state, the emptiness of her life and the second death that awaited her if she died in her sin.
“Are you ready?” A small still voice asked her again. She found no peace until she was able to answer the question affirmatively by accepting Jesus into her life. There and then the fear of death disappeared because she sees death as vehicle to the place of eternal bliss, according to Revelation 21:4
The Bible says in Hebrew 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Thus the attributes of faith are as follow:
1. It is substance - something real or truthful.
2. It is something hoped for - something you expect because it is real
3. Evidence of things not seen - proofs that the thing you expect either to get or to happen is real or truthful.
A professor was giving a lecture in a seminar in 2012 that was organized by a group of students from various Universities. He dabbled into a subject he knew little or nothing about and said, “Jesus is not as real as most people think. At the very best, he existed as a human being like you and me.”
There was a murmur disagreement among some of the students who were at the seminar. One Christian student stood up boldly and said, “I have a question on that issue, sir.”
“After the lecture, you can ask me any question, however foolish it may be,” the professor said arrogantly.
“The question cannot wait, sir,” the student said firmly. “If we have to listen to you, you need to answer the question.”
“All right,” the professor said. “Go ahead and ask your question.”
“Which year are we, sir?”
“We are in 2012,” he answered, curious about his question.
“How do we come about year 2012, sir?”
“Well, don't waste our time,” the professor said impatiently. “Tell me what you have in mind.”
“We are in 2012 after death of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is not as real as Christians think, then this year is not real. The reason the death of Christ is so vital to mankind is because He died and rose up again on the third day which proved that he is the Lord of all.”
Most of the students applauded him, forcing the professor to admit that he did not know much about divinity.
The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Thus the attributes of fear are as follow:
1. It is a spirit that is not from God but of the devil.
2. It is opposed to power that is given to those who believe in the name of Jesus as in John 1:12.
3. It is opposed to love in God. The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.”
4. It is opposed to sound mind which is the ability to trust in God just like the lady who was stricken with fear of death until she gave her life to Jesus Christ.
I pray that as many as have read this message would move from fear to faith, from hopelessness to trust in God, from valley of sorrow to the mountain of joy and from eternal death to eternal life in Jesus Christ name.
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