Into The Lion’s Den!!

OK, so what does fear mean to you.  I know it is different things to different people, but we all seem to recognize fear when we feel it.  Breaking it down there seems to be a few basic types of fear.


Whether it is the fear of loss, the fear of being rejected or the fear of losing control, some of us are living in constant fear.  For me personally, one of my biggest fears is silence.  I go completely nuts if there is not some kind of background noise in my office or while I am at home alone.  I purposely turn on the TV or have some kind of music playing just to stay sane. 


Overall it seems the biggest fear is the fear of the unknown.  You have people that are in bad situations but they end up staying still rather than stepping into the unknown.  Then there is me.  I sometimes fear when things are going good that something bad might happen – that’s crazy right.  Our thoughts are consumed with “what ifs”.  What if the economy tanks, what if I’m not good enough, what if I can’t forgive them, what if this hurt doesn’t go away, what if I don’t get better.  We often severely limit our greatest potential by fearing the unknown.  Do not accept fear.  It is NOT from God.  Choose to seek God and trust Him for who He is.  Why doesn’t anyone say – “What if something great happens!!” 


2 Timothy 1:7


7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


David gives us a great lesson in not accepting fear and putting trust in our great God.  King Saul was very threatened by David so much so he told his men to hunt David down and kill him.  The King wanted David dead but he did not allow fear to control him.  Instead he sought the Lord and put his trust in Him. 


Psalms 56:3-4


3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.  4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.


Psalms 34:4


 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.


Whatever your fear is don’t let it consume your life.  Take control of it.  Trust in the Lord.  We should feel the fear and do it anyway.  A fantastic example of this is found in the Old Testament.  Benaiah was a warrior trusted by David to command his guard.  This was one bad dude that was apparently not afraid of anything.  He chased a lion into a pit and slew him IN THE SNOW!!  On top of that he killed an Egyptian using the Egyptian’s own spear that he pulled from his hand.  This definitely falls into the World’s Baddest Man category.


2 Samuel 23:20-21


 20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:  21And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.


We all have lions in our lives.  Benaiah’s lion was not attacking him, but he went after his lion and slew him.  It really comes down to this very simple thing…FAITH. Be not afraid – only believe.  Take your eyes off your fear and put them on the Lord for He is faithful.  Chase the lion.  The bigger God is in your life the smaller your lions become.  Hey, it’s not easy I know.  Even the apostles had trouble doing this.  Jesus Christ himself was literally standing right in front of Peter and he could not keep his eyes on the Lord.  Peter was on a ship in the middle of a raging storm and he feared for his own life.  Then he saw Jesus and Peter began walking on water to go to Him.  However, the second Peter started looking at his lions instead of Jesus he was afraid and started sinking, but Jesus came between Peter and his lion and saved him.  He is the same living God for us today – WOW what more do we need!!!


Matthew 14:30-32


 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.


Acknowledge your fear, but don’t let it hold you hostage.  Satan wants us to be in bondage, but the Lord has set us free.  God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of POWER!!  Feel your fear, own it.  Don’t let it rule your life.  This is not who you are going to become once you are a super Christian.  No, this is who you are right now.  Faith filled attitudes lead to faith filled actions.  Go BOLDLY to the throne of the living God – He is able.

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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  • I fear the loss of my family due to someone using their phone to text/fb/check scores while driving… that’s a lion that can be tamed though! 😉

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