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Getting The Jump On Fear

Getting The Jump On Fear

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 (NKJV)

I remember the first time I tried doing a double jump on my motorcycle, I must have stared at it for about two hours.  I would come around the corner and at the last minute chop the throttle and only jump one jump at a time. Finally I decided to focus on what I knew to do and I twisted the throttle (Braaap!) and hit the face of the jump and a few seconds later, I landed smoothly on the downside of the second jump.

The fear of what could go wrong had kept me from doing what I was truly always capable of.  I think this same thing happens to most Christians when it comes to sharing the gospel message with others.  I recently read a survey revealed 19 out of every 20 Christians has not shared the gospel message.  Typically when I ask others about this I am often told they don't feel qualified to share the gospel—the reason being they feel they don't have enough knowledge of the Bible and they are afraid they might not have the answers to potential questions raised by those they share with.  

I think every one of us has experienced this at some point and I think it is a tactic by the enemy to keep us from opening our mouth.  This is a fear we need to confront head on though because the eternal life of that one person we speak with today may lay in the balance.  

Q:    So how can we hurdle our fear of sharing our faith in Jesus Christ?

I think the best way is to simply have a heart willing to share what has been given to us so freely.  We don't have to have all the answers at the tip of our tongue—we just need to be willing to share what we do know.  If we are asked a question and we don't know the answer we can let others know we are willing to look within our Bibles to discover the answer, and we can even ask them if they would like to meet again later to discuss and show them what we have found.  

I think another thing to remember is that Jesus seemed to meet people where they were (John 3-5)—He didn't just wait for them to come to Him.  We can do the same thing when we reach out to people in times of need.  Ultimately, we can always be confident knowing the Holy Spirit is with us and He will help us to remember the Scriptures we have read, and He will also help us to understand and apply them.  

One more thing, aside from our Bibles our testimony of how Jesus changed our life is probably the most powerful tool for us to use when sharing the Gospel.  When we share our testimony it opens the door for them to see how much we love Him.  We can then begin to share God's Word with them (John 4:28-30).  I've heard it said, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care," and it is so true when sharing Jesus with others.  

You know, once I jumped that first double jump it changed the way I rode and I would never be the same.  In much the same manner, once I shared Jesus with someone else for the first time and they came to know Him too, my life forever changed as well, and so did theirs—for eternity.  

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's simply choose to be a vessel of honor in our Lord's hands today. Ultimately when people see our heart filled with God's love they are more apt to hear our words.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 27, where did David find his strength and confidence?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find your confidence in the Lord?

APPLICATION: Let's chose to share what Jesus has done and is doing in our life today with others.  

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for giving us the boldness, strength and confidence to simply share with others how much You love us.  Give us Your strength today so we might be witnesses unto those people You will bring into our lives.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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