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 Issue #77 Wed, 29 Mar 2006

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PostSubject: Issue #77 Wed, 29 Mar 2006   March 11th 2007, 23:33

Fearless for God

Dear Youth,

I think that just about every one of us has fears of some kind. Some may have a fear of heights, a fear of water, or maybe the dark. Whatever it is they are all very real, and can often be very overwhelming to the person with the particular fear.

Today I would like to share with you some stories of people who overcame their fear and went on to do great things for God . Some people overcome their fear to do silly things, like base-jumping, which is where you run and jump off a cliff and then quickly pull your parachute so that you float to the ground. This is a very dangerous sport, and many people are killed doing it. Other's might do bungee jumping, which is also just for pure pleasure. People overcome their fears just to feel the thrill of jumping off a cliff or bridge or something like that. This is not what God wants us to do. He has instilled some natural fears in us so that we don't go doing silly things that could hurt us, but there are also times when He would have us overcome our little fears so that a great work may be done for Him.

An amazing example of a person overcoming fear is found in 2 Samuel 23:8-12. These are some of David's mighty men, and it describes here some of the great things they did for God. "These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one time" (2 Samuel 23:Cool. Just one man, whose name was Adino, killed eight hundred men at one time, by himself! That is pretty amazing when you think about it.

And it goes on to talk about another mighty man: "And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil"(2 Samuel 239,10). This man was left to fight a battle all by himself, it says that the rest of the Israelites went away, and left him, and they returned only to get the spoil afterwards.

"And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop where was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory" (2 Samuel 23:11,12). The Bible says that the ground where he was fighting had lentils growing there. It would be hard for one man to fight a whole army by himself let alone in a garden where they were growing lentils!

These men all did great things for God, and did you notice that at the end it didn't say that these men did lots of great things, it said that "the Lord wrought a great victory". It was the Lord working through these men that gave the Israelites the great victory.

Another example of men overcoming their fears with God's help was Elijah: "And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab as the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word" (1 Kings 17:1). God sent Elijah to stand before the wicked king Ahab and give this unpleasant message. This would not have been an easy task for Elijah if he hadn't had God's help, for the Bible says that "Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him" (1 Kings16:33). He was a very wicked king and he could have easily commanded that Elijah be killed for giving him such a message. But with God's help, Elijah marched in to the king's palace, past the guards, and into Ahab's presence, fearless, because he knew that Jesus would be with him.

In contrast, when Elijah decided to take things into his own hands, he lost all courage and fled from Jezebel. "And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a juniper tree" (1 Kings 19:1-4).

Jezebel told him she was going to kill him and he took off for his life! If he had just trusted in God to keep him safe The Lord would have protected him and kept him from harm if that had been His will. Ellen White says that "Had he remained where he was, had he made God his refuge and strength, standing steadfast for the truth, he would have been shielded from harm. The Lord would have given him another signal victory by sending His judgments on Jezebel; and the impression made on the king and the people would have wrought a great reformation" (Prophets and Kings p. 160).

Many of the men in the Bible did great things for God because they chose to let go of their fear and give it to God. Examples of this are Daniel in the lion's den, who showed the king what a great and powerful God Jesus is, and Jonathon with his armor bearer, took on the Philistines and won a great victory for the Lord, also Gideon and his men who defeated the Philistines at night, all these men let God work through them to accomplish His will.

We don't have to be afraid of anything for God is always with us, "Fear not little flock" (Luke 12:32).

"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world"(Matthew 28:20).

---Talisa Jackson
PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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