The last couple of weeks I’ve been blogging about moving from fear to faith. We saw the first two elements were looking by faith to God and laying hold on God’s Word. The third element is the need to pray and surrender to the Holy Spirit’s work. Remember the story of the man who brought his demonic possessed son to Jesus in the 9th chapter of Mark’s gospel? He said something like “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” The dialogue between Jesus and the man in the next two verses is very significant. We read, ”and Jesus said to him, “’if you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and began saying, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (9:22-23 NASB). In the face of fearful situations there are times we too need to cry out “Lord, help my unbelief”. Our fears many times manifest themselves in the form of unbelief. One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is making Jesus real to us. As we pray and read God’s Word the Holy Spirit will give us understanding of how Jesus Christ wants to work in our lives in the face of fearful situations.
Remember Paul’s words to the Romans in the 12th chapter of that great epistle. Paul writes, “I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (
12:1-2 NASB). Fear often robs us and paralyzes us from being and doing what Jesus Christ would have us to do and be. But as we daily offer our bodies and souls to Him the Lord Jesus Christ will become more of a source of transformation and strength even in the face of our greatest fears. Even in the midst of our storms, trials and fears Jesus Christ can come through His Holy Spirit to bring peace and courage to us. In fact only in the midst of our trials and fears do we get a fuller sense of what Jesus spoke in the 28th chapter of Matthew’s gospel when He said, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (v.20b NASB).
So overcoming our fears is coming to the point in our spiritual journey where we have faith in God’s sovereign control over the disquieting and tormenting fears we may be experiencing. This commitment to be a living sacrifice is something we must do on almost a daily basis. The problem with living sacrifices is that they (we) keep getting off the altar. After the flesh we feel safe and secure in our fears and allowing ourselves to live under them. We can always use the excuse, “I’ll never get over the fear I have of _______.” (you fill in the blank). Or we can see our walk with Jesus as a journey into the amazing grace of our loving Savior and trust that He’s going to work in even the most difficult or fearful situations that we encounter. Won’t you pray with me, “Lord, help my unbelief and help me to trust you with even the greatest fears I have knowing that greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.”
Pastor Rich Sivo