But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The great enemy of faith is fear. It comes as an unwanted guest. I do not believe that fear ever goes away, but it can be exchanged. God does not give us a spirit of fear. The fear that causes torment is not from Him. When fear tries to displace faith, it is important for us to not get stuck; but just keep moving forward.
One of the great dangers of fear is it prevents forward movement. Do you believe that God has a profound purpose for your life? I wonder if any of you have been kept from being who you are supposed to be or do what you are supposed to do because of fear. The question is, What can we do about fear? I believe we need to confront it. Sometimes there is a strong necessity for us to stand and having done all stand.
In the book of Exodus there is the record of God leading His people out of Egypt. For years the cry of God’s people came to His ears so God sent forth a deliverer in the man Moses and brought them out with a strong hand. You think that the Israelites once delivered would never doubt again, would never question God’s strength and power. Yet in a short period of time they were complaining. They were so full of fear and uncertainty that at different times they almost stampeded right back into slavery. I think that was the reason for the Red Sea. Once across to the other side, they could not stampede back into bondage.
There are times when it is difficult and worrisome. We do not fully understand what is happening. Fear comes along and we consider the possibility of going back to that which is familiar over and against an uncertain future. As we walk with God any kind of faith exercised by you as an individual will need to confront the fear of uncertain situations.
Any time we make forward progress Satan will try to drive us back. It is very important for us to hold the ground that God has given. Romans 8:31 says, if God be for us who is against us. So the question begs to be asked, Who can stand against you? God’s will for your life is to overcome. When we find the will of God for our lives, then there is nothing more comforting than being in the centre of His will for your life.
Israel in the exodus came out of a terrible situation of slavery. Then they got into a terrible situation where their backs were against the Red Sea and Pharaoh's army was in front of them. They wanted to surrender and go back into bondage at that moment. If we are not careful, we will go back to what we are used to. That could be many things: addiction, fear, abuse. All these things can cause us to turn around. Human nature is such that we will go back to the torment that which is known to us rather than face the unknown.
Faith opens doors and it says, we are created for so much more. We are created for a new beginning, for a fresh new day, for a brand new start. Therefore, we need not be frightened by a new beginning. We also need to stop fearing change. The day has come to an end when you run. God has put a new heart in you to confront any fear that would hold you back from God’s best. God has given us the courage to say, “I would rather step into the Red Sea and drown than go back into bondage.” In the Old Testament God commanded His people to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
In closing, I ask you the question, Do you hear what God is saying to you? Are you prepared to move forward? The word of the Lord is go forward. Let us face the New Year with courage.