Archive for June 17th, 2008

False Expectations Appearing Real – Joshua 18 1-10

Posted by aftershock.org.uk on June 17th, 2008

We talked about Gods will requiring action by us before, and here Joshua even shows us how we do it. “How long are you going to wait?” He says. “Take the first step, do a survey of the land.” Sure enough, once they start they find that things start moving. How often are we paralysed with fear, when it comes to taking the first step? Maybe, it is getting to know someone at school so that we can invite them on the youth weekend away. Maybe we are too afraid of what they might think or say, to take that step of asking them. Maybe we are afraid of asking that person at college, if we can pray for their troubles. Are we too afraid to take that step of offering Gods healing through prayer? I’m not beating up you guys; the oldest and wisest of adults also suffer from fear. But God would not have us be afraid; he wants us to have the heart of a lion. The book of Romans in the Bible tells us that we have not received the spirit of fear from God. A friend once told me that the letters in the word F.E.A.R stand for False Expectations Appearing Real. That’s because more often than not, the things we are afraid of do not actually happen when we do take the first step. More often than not, those guys at school won’t say anything for you to be afraid of, when you take that step of inviting them to a youth event. The person at college is likely to be thankful when you offer to pray for them. Taking the first step is maybe just what God wants you to do and he won’t leave you alone to do it. And when Gods with you, we can know that our fears are definitely false expectations appearing real.

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