Thursday, April 15, 2010

"It Won't Disappear"

"And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid." 1 Samuel 17:24

There is an adage that says, "Face your fear and it will disappear". You can take that two ways- face it in the sense of "look at it", or in the sense of "stand up to it". Most people tend to face it in the sense of just "looking at it". They know it's there, they recognize it, but that is all they do- just sit back and look at it- they never make a step to do anything about it.

Just recognizing that it is there, just acknowledging the fact that it exist does not bring deliverance and freedom from it. Just ask the Israelite army. They faced Goliath everyday, morning and evening, for forty days but he didn't disappear. These soldiers even talked about Goliath (their object of fear and intimidation). "And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up?" (1 Samuel 17:25a) But that was all they did- talk about their problem while looking at it.

Recognizing it and even talking about it isn't enough to make it "disappear". Goliath didn't "disappear" (he wasn't destroyed) until he was confronted. David ran out and confronted that object of fear and intimidation. When he did, Goliath was defeated. Until we do something about it it won't go away, it will stay there taunting you, intimidating you, accusing you, condemning you. It is only when you confront and stand up to it that it will be defeated.

Don't just stand on the sidelines looking at the object of fear, don't shrink back from it, don't let it send you into hiding, don't listen to and believe its threats, go out and confront it and when you do God will give you the victory over it. Actually, you already have victory over it through Jesus' victory at the cross. "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:15)
Have a great day. Just recognizing your fear will not make it disappear, you have to confront it and stand up against it. When you do, victory is assured.

For further reading:
John 16:33
Zechariah 4:6
2 Timothy 1:7
Luke 10:19

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