February 1, Saturday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, first posted on October 6, 2013, is written by Pastor Sam Lee who leads Catalyst Agape Church in Northern New Jersey.

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Choose Vision, not Fear”

1 Corinthians 15:55

O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? 

What limits us from living the full life God has for us?  Ultimately, the “sting” of death is what really limits us from that life.  We can live fearing death; we can live avoiding death; or we can live pretending death is not going to happen. This is a life of limitation because we are responding to our deepest fear instead of living by great faith.  This is the important truth that builds great faith: Those who put their trust in Christ do not have to live under the “sting” of death. Christ has done what no one was able to do; He conquered death once and for all! 

What Christ has done for us gives us permission to dream instead of living in fear. Let’s live our life free from fear of the “what ifs.” Let’s not live our life worrying about what could go wrong but start dreaming or envisioning of what it means to live a life of radical faith.  It is not without reason that Proverbs 29:18a (NASB) says, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,” meaning they are undisciplined and directionless. It starts with dreaming “big” because if you can’t envision it, it will not happen.  Envision today of what you can do for God without the familiar voices of fear. Those voices of fear need to be silenced; instead, let the words of life flow over you today. 

What is one thing you would do for God and His kingdom if you did not have to fear finances or people’s opinions or failure?

Prayer: Lord, help me to overcome fear; instead, embolden me, through the Spirit, to choose Your vision for my life.  Remind me to say “No” to the voice of fear and trepidation and say “Yes” to all that comes from You through Christ.  Thank You. Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: Romans 13-14

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