Fearless Faith

Fearless Faith

Fearless Faith
Fear can be paralyzing. Fear is, at least, crippling if it dominates our life. If we act out of fear, we most often make wrong choices. Fear is forced upon us by the enemy. Freedom is offered to us by Jesus.

Fear or freedom? I choose freedom. I choose fearless faith in Jesus that brings freedom. Fearless faith is utmost confidence in God. Does it exist? Is it fact or fiction?

Faith is always a gift that we need to accept. But so is fearless faith. God does offer us everything we need to live boldly in his grace. Why don’t we accept his gifts? Why do we try to manage on our own?

Psalm 27 shows us a person who has discovered the secret of fearless faith.

The LORD is my light and my salvation.
      Should I fear anyone?
   The LORD is a fortress
   protecting my life.
      Should I be frightened of anything?
When evildoers come at me
trying to eat me up—
   it’s they, my foes and my enemies,
   who stumble and fall!
If an army camps against me,
      my heart won’t be afraid.
   If war comes up against me,
      I will continue to trust in this:
I have asked one thing
   from the LORD—
   it’s all I seek—
      to live in the LORD’s house
      all the days of my life,
      seeing the LORD’s beauty
      and constantly adoring his temple.
Because he will shelter me
in his own dwelling
   during troubling times;
   he will hide me in a secret place
   in his own tent;
      he will set me up high, safe on a rock.
Now my head is higher

than the enemies surrounding me,
   and I will offer sacrifices in God’s tent—
      sacrifices with shouts of joy! 
I will sing and praise the LORD.

(Psalm 27:1-6, CEB, emphasis added)

Fearless faith or utmost confidence in God comes from discovering what is essential in life and being satisfied with it. It comes down to one thing: abiding in the presence of the Lord. When we seek only to live and move and be in the Lord, we become fearless.

Nothing else matters.
Nothing else satisfies.
Nothing else deserves our praise.
Nothing but God – and suddenly we have everything.
Even in the middle of hardships.

LORD, listen to my voice when I cry out—
   have mercy on me and answer me!
Come, my heart says, seek God’s face.
   LORD, I do seek your face!
Please don’t hide it from me!
   Don’t push your servant aside angrily—
      you have been my help!
   God who saves me,
      don’t neglect me!
      Don’t leave me all alone!
Even if my father and mother
left me all alone,
   the LORD would take me in.
LORD, teach me your way;
   because of my opponents,
   lead me on a good path.
Don’t give me over
to the desires of my enemies,
   because false witnesses
   and violent accusers
   have taken their stand against me.
But I have sure faith
   that I will experience
   the LORD’s goodness
   in the land of the living!
(Psalm 27: 11-13, CEB, emphasis added)

Fearless faith sounds almost too good to be true. But the psalmist has something that I want to have. How about you? How could we acquire fearless faith? We need to remember that faith is always a gift. So is fearless faith. It is readily available for everyone in Christ. You receive it when you…

…spend time in the presence of the Lord.
…seek to behold the beauty of the Lord.
…study the word of God.
…sit at the feet of Jesus.
…satisfy your soul in the Spirit of the Lord.
…see the awesomeness of God.
…share the wealth of God’s blessings.

Hope in the LORD!
   Be strong! Let your heart take courage!
      Hope in the LORD!
(Psalm 27: 14, CEB)

 

Gracious God,
We want fearless faith.
We want to know you.
Nothing else will do.
Come and make room in us for you.
Come and fill us with your Spirit.
We want only you!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Is your faith war-tested? Do you have fearless faith?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live fearlessly in Christ!

Image courtesy of Jon Davis. Some parts of this post have previously been published. Linking up today with Thought-Provoking Thursdays &

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