Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Christian Pitfalls (Part 11)
All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. Fear and a snare have come upon us, desolation and destruction. My eyes overflow with rivers of water.
Lamentations 3:46-48 (NKJV)
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
Proverbs 29:25 (NKJV)
He who flees from the fear shall fall into the pit, and he who gets out of the pit shall be caught in the snare.
Jeremiah 48:44 (NKJV)
Fear is a pitfall. Before coming to Christ, I fell in it almost every night--for years. In the wee hours, I would awaken in the terror of my inadequacy. A small concern would become a mountain I could not climb. I knew my fear was irrational, but that knowledge did not help me.
Fear is worry's destination. If we continue on the depressing paths of worry, we will sink or fall into the furnace of fear. Here's a godly irony... or perhaps a predictor of my eventual salvation.
My former husband's parents gave me a large Catholic Bible: a heavyweight of a Book with a gilded cover. I kept It by the bed. During my midnight miseries, I would lay It on my chest and hug It. I wasn't smart enough to open It, but the weight of the Book became my comfort. Sad? Funny? True.
One day I was destined to open God's Book, and then I would discover the Substance of my comfort: the Prince of Peace, and He would send me the real Comforter.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In you, I have seen uncommon courage. In you, God has built a fortress. Individually, you're like Davids and Esthers: beautiful, talented and meeting the enemy head on. Together, you become a fearsome force to Satan's troops, but a loving legion as media's messengers.
To the former, you're clothed in the armor of God. To the latter, you’re clothed in 'Robes of many colors (Psalm 45:14), 'Robe[s] of Righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10), 'Garments of ministry' (Exodus 39:41), 'Garments of salvation' (Isaiah 61:10)... 'With zeal as a cloak' (Isaiah 59:17).
Because God gave you spiritual gifts, you know deep inside 'There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear' (1 John 4:18). Casting is part of your job description. As stars, God cast you to rise in the entertainment industry. As fishermen, you cast out fear and pull in fans: that those who follow you might follow Him.
Even so, on this side of Heaven, Satan will try to stop you. Fear is one of his ways. Don't fall for it. 'Only be strong and very courageous' (Joshua 1:7). Focus here: 'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid' (John 14:27).
Continue in movement. Continue in casting. Ignore the roar of the lion. He cannot bite you. Ignore the fire of the dragon. He cannot burn you.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.