Fearless, by Max Lucado, released today!
"Why are you frightened?" he asked.
"Why are your hearts filled with doubt?"
The content of this book is obvious. Can we live a life without fear? Max takes you on a journey through the things most people fear every day. Do we matter? Do we disappoint? Will my kids be okay? Can I handle this situation? From violence to not having enough. Can we trust God? He points out how we have taken holy fear, which is a good thing when we apply it to the Lord, and turned it around to fear absolutely everything else. We don't have to. We can have our lives back and not submit ourselves to the authoritarian rulership of fear. Dive in.
I have been praying for quite some time to be free from all fear. It can cripple you in ministry. It can cripple you in relationship. As I have cried out to the Lord, God gently reminded me of something I tell my daughter every day. "Look to Jesus. Talk about Jesus. Trust Jesus." Good Christians know what we should do in every given scenario. Living that out is another matter. Max reminds us where to focus our hearts when we are fearful. We are taken to the Upper Room where the disciples are filled with dismay and we see what Jesus did for them.
He showed up in an intimate and tangible way.
He does the same for us.
There are wonderful words I have taken away from this. "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." Instead of indulging ourselves in the fears of what is most likely not to come, we can take our thoughts to the Lord. Another line tells us to "acknowledge threats but refuse to be defined by them." We can focus on Christ and be defined by Him. I don't know about you, but for me, it's time.
"Do not be afraid," he said. "Take courage. I am here!"