How Offensive Faith Frees us From Fear

9 10 2008

Our family just had our 5th baby on Oct. 1 and our 4th daughter.  April and I have been discussing that normal paranoid fear that many of us parents have for our children (and for us particularly, for our daughters).  By the way, we’re both listening to The Shack where the plot centers around the abduction of a man’s daughter so that doesn’t help.

As we’ve discussed these fears I’ve discovered how a certain focus helps free me from these fears.  Often these fears arise out of a misunderstanding of why we are here on this Earth.  We are on a planet dominated by a powerful enemy and the effects of our Fall are all around us.  There is no truly safe place.  Their are no guarantees my daughters won’t experience terrible things.

But then I remember the whole reason we have children.  Psalm 127 says.

3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Jesus told us “The Gates of Hell will not prevail” against the church.  We’re here on offense not defense.  We aren’t here to cower behind our high walls hoping the bad guys will pass us by.  Prevailing against the gates of Hell requires us to be at Hell’s gates and not wait for Hell to come to our gates.  We go out to meet the enemy.  Our children are weapons of the Kingdom.  While we are on the Earth we need to more worried about whether our enemy fears us and lose our fear for our defeated foe.

When the enemy has you up against the wall – ATTACK!  You’ll soon discover he has far more to fear from us than we have to fear from him.