“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
God Is Calling You To Faith!
God did not send the angels to Zechariah, Mary and the shepherds He did not send them to put fear in the hearts of those good, godly
But He sent them to call them out of fear and into faith!
“Fear not” is another way of saying “have faith”! And we have a Savior because they did! They let fear motivate them rather than allowing it to debilitate them!
How about you? Are you going to allow yourself to live in fear or are you going to choose faith?
Are you going to hide behind your weaknesses and huddle up in fear of how out of control your life is?
Those ARE the questions as you tip-toe into 2012, aren’t they?
Let me ask you:
Do you REALLY believe that God is aware of your fears?
If you do, then you can trust Him in your weaknesses! In fact, you can expect Him to show up at those points of weakness and call you to faith! Those areas the very areas where He wants you to grow this year! Try this - you can just tell the Devil that if he is planning to intimidate you in those weak areas, all he will do is help you develop your faith!
Three people are aware of your weaknesses – you, the devil and God. If you try to handle your weakness you will live in fear of having that weakness exposed to your shame. Or, the devil will come against that weakness and overwhelm you with fear. But if trust God in your weakness He will unleash His power through it and turn your fear into faith!
You can know He is aware of your fears because according to I Corinthians 10:13, nothing can happen to you without His approval and He knows how much you can take – AND how much you can’t!!
So – not only is God aware of your weaknesses and your fears - HE IS AWARE OF THEM BEFORE YOU ARE!
Do you REALLY believe that God is bigger than your fears?
Zechariah did and look what happened!
Elizabeth did and look what happened!
Mary did and look what happened!
The Shepherds did and look what they got to see happen!
If you really believe that God is bigger than your weaknesses or anything that causes you to fear, here is what I want you to do – I want you to think of the absolute worse thing that you could think of happening to you in 2012 and ask yourself, “Is God bigger than that?”
If your answer is “yes” then tell yourself, “Fear not!”
I DON’T KNOW WHAT 2012 WILL HOLD BUT I DO KNOW WHO HOLDS 2012 AND HE IS GREATER THAN YOUR WEAKNESS! “FEAR NOT!” HE WILL TURN YOUR FEAR INTO FAITH!
THIS YEAR REFUSE TO FEAR!