Make A Decision To Face Your Fears Every Day

Pastor Paul Witkop

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By Paul Witkop –

The new year does not come for another three months, but I recently started a new exercise program.   The new program involves a new routine and after each workout I am completely drained. Yet, I feel strangely invigorated.  Each day, the voices in my mind wage war.  One voice tells me that I am making progress and with the pain will come some gain. The other voice is very skillful at making excuses, inventing schedule conflicts, and exaggerating the agony in an attempt to dissuade me from going on that day.

This battle goes on in every one of us, every day.  In comparison with life’s battles, my battle with this exercise routine is relatively minor.  Challenges are daily events in everyone’s lives. We all have fears, some small and some large, that have the potential to persuade us away from something healthy and helpful if we give up.  In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul writes, “Be strong in the Lord.”  In John 15:5, Jesus told us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”  From these words of wisdom, we learn that the key to fighting our battles and facing our fears comes from the two phrases in the Lord and remain in me. If we attempt to just “be strong” without the Lord, Jesus tells us that “apart from Him, we will not do anything.”   As we listen to God and as we understand God’s plan, we will meet the challenges each day in the power of Jesus.  Someone once told me “every day he makes the decision to face one of his fears.”  Jesus would agree and would add, “I will face that fear with you.”

A few years ago, I heard Bob Buford speak. He is a successful businessman whose life took an unexpected turn when his only son died in a tragic drowning accident. In his book Halftime, Buford recounts the days after the drowning…

“Here is something I can’t dream my way out of, I can’t work my way out of, I can’t even buy my way out of – it is something I can only trust my way out of.  This was truly only in the realm of God.”

In the middle of this horrible loss, Buford writes that he found the saving love of Jesus Christ. Facing his son’s death was the defining moment in his life that convinced him that he was not nearly as powerful as he thought. He realized that apart from Jesus, he was paralyzed after his son’s death.  He was dependent on God for everything.  His book, Halftime, is a challenge to all of us to take an assessment of our life to discover the real source of our power, Jesus, and the direction Jesus wants to lead us.

So what about you?  What are the battles and fears that you are fighting today?  What are the voices in your mind saying to you?  Whose voice will you allow to direct your path? Every day we need to make the decision to face our fears…listening to Jesus.  As we do, we will grow realize that we were never meant to do life alone.  He is our source of power.

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