Stand firm in your faith

By Dave Henning / July 13, 2015

“Jesus died to make us dangerous.  He died to make us daredevils.”- Mark Batterson

As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 17 of The Grave Robber, he states that, from a biblical perspective, love is synonymous with fearlessness. He adds: “Love . . . makes you stand firm in your faith no matter what the circumstances.”

Pastor Batterson notes that although here are several thousand classified fears and phobias, we are born with only two innate fears- the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises.  Since every other fear is learned, that means every other fear can be unlearned.  As we mature in God’s love, the only fear that will be left is the fear of God.

Mark posits that moral courage is the rarest kind of courage because we live in a culture that idolizes political correctness.  Living according to God’s will does not mean holding the fort or keeping ourselves safe and sound.  Mark states: “The will of God is not an insurance plan.  It’s a daring plan.”

When faced with a new challenge, Mark says it’s natural to try to stack as many factors as possible in our favor.  Rowing across the Sea of Galilee in the middle of the night during a raging storm hardly stacked things in the disciples’ favor.  Yet, Mark concludes:

“The disciples were at the end of their rope, the end of themselves, but that’s when you’re getting close to a miracle.”

Today’s question: What Bible verses have helped you stand firm in your faith following your vocation loss?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Climbing out on a limb”

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