At church yesterday, the Pastor preached a sermon about fear. Fear holds you back, he said. Fear of success can keep people from well… succeeding, because every time they think they’re going to succeed, they sabotage their efforts. Fear of failure, well that can keep people from trying. He went over some phobias we’ve heard of, and some we haven’t. A lot of people just had to be like, what?” at some of them, including me.
Can I tell you a bit of a secret? I don’t have any fears. I suppose if I were about to be swept out to sea in a raging current, I might be a bit afraid, then again, because I’m such a thrill-seeker, it might be fun for a while, and I’d get to go to heaven after the fact! Why am I telling you this? Well, because the sermon was from Luke8: 41-50.
And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
The predominant message was “fear not, only believe!” Or as Jesus says here, “fear not, believe only.”
I’ll tell you another secret, I used to have a fear of failure. I learned though that failure teaches you things, and you can probably learn more from a failure or 2 than you can a dozen successes. This used to be my biggest fear. It was when I became a part of a church prayer group that I got over that fear, along with many others. Now I only believe. I believe that “with God, all things are possible,”(Matt 19:26.) Before I keep quoting scriptures, (which I could probably do all night,) I’ll just say that my belief that God can take care of things overrides all fear. If you’re afraid you won’t be able to pay bills, just know that God provides for all his children! If you’re afraid of test results, know that God can heal, and he’ll be there to see you through no matter what. this is how I do it, how I live fearlessly.