Fear – The Faith Definer?

Listening to “No Longer Slaves” today, I imagined myself breaking free from my spot.  Moving to the front, I explained to the crowd that this song had a moving on me.  Moving not only in how I felt, how my spirit was reacting, or how I saw the Spirit touching others.  The moving was an urging or pulling to somewhere else; to somewhere where I wasn’t comfortable before but felt right now.  Is this how Peter and the disciples felt in Matthew 14

“26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.”

He knew something was there, but the unknown was scary.  He had to hear the voice that he knew call out to him and say “Come.”  Fear is the silence of the uncertainty of our situation.  It takes the calming discernment of the Spirit to know the voice that causes hope and not fear.  Many times in the bible, God tells us to not be afraid; Deuteronomy 31:8 says

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

 

For more verses about fear check out

http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/fear-bible-verses/

My prayer:  Lord, please forgive me for my fears that bind my walk with You.  Stir up the courage and the power that Your Son died for me to know through the Holy Spirit.  Let the words of Your peace, love, and grace be heard in my spirit and heart.  Let me hear the voice of the Father who tells me to be still and fear not?

Mark