Fresh Hope – 18th October 2019

Fearless. That’s the theme for Mankind Conference that starts today. I was wondering about this phrase, and thinking, ‘when do we start to fear?’ When I throw Zachary into the air, he squeals with delight and after I catch him, demands more, even though he was clearly scared whilst in the air. Spiders, wasps, bees, heights, nothing scares a child until they see how other people react to them. So, when do we learn to fear? When do we start to let our fears overcome the joy of knowing that we have a Father who will catch us?

 

Failure, if you allow it, can demotivate you, and cause you to become afraid of failure itself. It can cripple you so much that the thought of trying gives you palpitations, that’s easy to understand.

But success too, can become a slow poison that stops you achieving more because you become afraid of losing the success you have achieved. You stop trying for more because perhaps you’ve become accustomed to the familiar and it has become comfortable.

 

So whether it’s the fear of starting something new or fear of trying again because you’ve failed, or the fear of losing what you have, being afraid is something that can affect us all

1 Corinthians 10:13 says that whatever might be tempting you to be afraid, someone has been through it before, and God will always make a way for you to go through it.

 Psalm 91 is a great place to start to learn a new vocabulary. The vocabulary of a victor, a champion, a child of the living God. It’s time to unlearn the fears we have learnt from our past, and from others, and time to learn the fearless nature of Jesus, the lion of Judah. Time to stop focusing more, but less on those fears and become… fearless.

 

Noble Mudenha

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