While watching the news and seeing so many people in fear and disarray, I thought to myself, “This is a time for the Body of Christ to come together and help people with their fear.” However, after much prayer and petition, I have found that the church is not sharing the “Good News” with people but fear. All over social media, there are thousands of Christians sharing their fear of the “End Times” and preaching fear. However, we do not serve a God of fear, and that is what the Holy Spirit is convicting me to share with everyone reading this message today. So, I will begin this message with what our God is not, and then I will continue by reminding everyone what our God is. Lastly, I will conclude with why it is important to be Christ-like ambassadors, especially during times of anxiety and mass fear. It is upon these three reminders that I pray the Holy Spirit convicts those who have been spreading fear into their communities instead of joy and peace that can only come through truly “born again” believers. Now, let me stipulate that this message is not meant to belittle or shame anyone but to allow the Holy Spirit to work into our lives instead of the spirit of rebellion and fear. Let us begin.
The first topic that needs to be discussed is what our God is not. For it is written, “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline,” (2 Timothy 1:7, NASB). This Scripture within itself shows us a clear understanding of God is not and what understanding Him should produce. As you can see, God has not given us the spirit of “fear” but the spirit of power, the spirit of courage and resolution, and the spirit to meet difficulties with confidence. Lastly, He provided us with the spirit of love to carry us through times of opposition. God gave us the spirit of a calm mind that allows us to properly perceive situations for what they truly are. This Holy Spirit is not the author of “fear” but the provider of strength and power that enables us to bear and overcome them. To be able to do this we need to understand the overflow of love that God has for humanity and a supernatural discipline (the spirit of discipline) that can only come from the Holy Spirit to live in accordance to God’s will for us and that will is never to be filled with fear and anxiety. There are over 365 references in the Bible to not be fearful or anxious. If that reminder is not good enough for you, then remember that our God is “NOT” the God of fear but the God of love, peace, and joy.
Now that we have identified what God is not, let me remind you what our God is. Our God is a loving God that knew that we could never have true peace, true happiness, and true salvation without His son Jesus Christ dying for humanity. So, with His infinite love and wisdom, He sent Jesus to the cross for us to live in Him and become one with Him. This brings me to my second point, those of us in Christ and sharing His spirit should understand peace. It is written, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace,” (Colossians 3:15, NIV). While we are in this world, there is so much corruption in our hearts and due to worldly influences, we can easily jump on a bandwagon of fear instead of remembering who we are and who we serve. This means that we must first forgive one another for spreading something that does not come from God (fear), and then let the peace of God to rule our hearts. This reminds us that the Gospel is the word of Christ. Many will have this word but it dwells in them poorly, giving it no power in their lives. This is especially true for any Christian that is spreading fear and putting their needs before the needs of others. So, instead of stockpiling supplies and living in “fear,” let us live in peace and use this opportunity to be Christ-like and to help others understand the love, peace, and joy that comes from Jesus Christ instead of pushing them away from Him.
This brings me to my last point, the importance of being a Christ-like ambassador. If you are running around in fear and lacking peace, what is it that you are projecting into the community? People can be scared and anxious on their own. If people cannot see the transforming power of Jesus Christ in your life then they will not want anything to do with Him. This is especially true during times of mass fear and anxiety. It is not our job as Christians to spread fear! This is especially true during times like these that we are facing. We need to put our faith where our mouths are. Being a Christian is not a life full of Bible reading and speaking about Christ. Being a Christian is a disciplined life of servitude and putting other’s needs before our own. Once we have accepted Christ into our lives, we have secured our salvation in Him and life everlasting. Knowing this, our time on this earth is finite. We do not have the time to live worldly and to not take every possible minute of the day to evangelize and serve our communities. If we cannot be disciplined enough to do this, why did we ever give our lives to Jesus? So, if you have not been living your life according to His sacrifice and the Great Commission Jesus gave us, repent and move forward. He needs you more than ever during times of trials and tribulations! Being an ambassador for Jesus Christ means that your trust in Him out trumps any fear that may seep into your heart because this life is temporary. Shouldn’t we be sharing love, peace, and joy instead of fear and rebellion? So let us remember this and move forward to spread the only source of true peace by teaching people about the Prince of Peace.
In conclusion, I have shared with you all that our God is not and what are God is. I have also reminded everyone reading this message today the discipline and peace that is required by an ambassador of Jesus Christ. However, just like I mentioned earlier, if you have a weak resolve, the power of the Gospel is not in you. So let us please remember this simple truth and place the needs of others before yours. Remember that we have all been commissioned to both evangelize and to take care of those less fortunate than ourselves. To do this, we must first remember that the most important thing someone needs is their salvation but it cannot come through “fear” but through reverence! However, how can others truly understand reverence if they do not see it in us? How can you serve the less fortunate if you are only thinking of yourself? If the spirit of power, the spirit of courage and resolution, and the spirit to meet difficulties with confidence are in you, now is the time to show it! To live securely with your eternal life you must get past this world first. So simply put, remember what our God is and what He is not. Then remember the cross. If that does not give you the power to overcome fear and to help another in need, then I do not know what will. Just let God use you and remember Psalm 91: 7-12.
It is written, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Live in this truth and use it as a simple reminder to live your life in service to the One who gave it all for you. Too many people have already passed away wicked because of our fear to share the Gospel with them. This was true then, and this is true now. So remember who you are and who you represent. Now, let us pray.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessing of having another day on this earth to serve you. Father, I pray that through all this chaos and fear that is going on in our world that you give us the strength to overcome our fears and the power to only speak life. Please give us a double portion of your Spirit to share the gospel of your Son to those in our communities to share with them the same supernatural love, peace, and joy that you have given us. Father, let us use this time to serve them as Christ served us. Most importantly Father, let them see Him in us while we do it. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.