The Bar of Common Sense

At the bar of common sense Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad; but bring them to the bar of faith, and you begin to find with awestruck spirit that they are the words of God…We act like pagans in a crisis, only one out of a crowd is daring enough to bank his faith in the character of God.  –Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

I was recently celebrating my birthday with a friend, and we were swapping stories and doing what we women are wont to do with our friends when she made a statement about being called to do something by Jesus that others could not understand.

Her father thought she was loony.

Her mother thought her daft.

Her children were scared to death.

Even my friend was terrified for what it might mean for her and her family to follow Jesus, unwaveringly.  What might He have in store for her?

How might her life change?

What terrible fate awaited her, trusting Jesus as she had decided she must?

The devil often uses fear and the threat of losing our easy life to dissuade us from following Jesus!

How many times might we confess to having similar feelings to that of my friend when being asked to trust Jesus?  Fear, rationalization, the voices of the many—they all work together to make us either doubt we have heard God correctly, or doubt that He can take care of us in our need.

Doubt is the enemy’s stock in trade.  He uses it so many times against us, because it’s worked so many times against us. 

Today, let’s put the kibosh on fear!

Let’s tell the “worries” and “what ifs” that they are not welcome at our house any more.

Let’s take the doubts and the memories of past failures, and fling them into the deepest seas.

Today, let’s make a conscious decision to trust fully the One who knows us best.

Today, let’s risk what we have, to have what He gives.

With Jesus, nothing is impossible, and with God empowering us, there is nothing we cannot do.

Let’s bring our fears to the bar of faith today.  Together, we can do what we could never do alone–together, we and Jesus!!!

What have you been afraid of doing, even though you persistently hear God challenging you to do it?  What is holding you back?


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