Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FEARLESS


Title: Fearless
By: Pastor William Galang
 
 
Matthew 9:1-8, NASB,Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.”And he got up and went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
 
Jesus offers not muscles but mercy
Uncertainty about eternity is the Godzilla of all angst. Being afraid was first experiences when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden. Digging deeper, it’s not just disobedience – disobedience was a by-product of man’s disregard of God.
But God gives mercy. He knows that with our own strength it is impossible to work for our salvation – only Jesus was qualified to do that! So God gives mercy up until now.
 
Grace gives birth to courage
Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace! And nothing fosters fear like the ignorance of it. Titus 2:11 says, “God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!” In verse 15, “Tell them all this. Build up their courage.”
 
Grace defangs fear
In the Bible, “Do not fear” was mentioned 365 times, enough to sustain our everyday living. God knows we are vulnerable to living in fear because the world is conditioning insecurities in our hearts and minds. But the Word of God is our sword and shield! There are enough promises to hold on to, to be fearless!
 
We are certain that salvation is ours in Christ Jesus! Nothing like the grace God gives us! Grace through only One Person – JESUS!
 
 

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