Sunday, 17th June 2018
Rev Daniel Poon
The world interpret F.E.A.R. as Forget Everything And Run. In Mark 4:35-40, it talks about the story when the disciples were on the boat, they feared when the storm came. But Jesus calmed the storm and said “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
When we fear, we are likely to do the following three things:
1. Questioning God’s Love
The disciples lived with Jesus everyday, they knew how much Jesus care for them and they saw His signs and wonders. But when the storm came they were still afraid. They questioned God’s love in Mark 4:38, “Teacher, don’t you care about us? We are going to drown!”
We lose confidence in God when we fear and will start to search other ways to feel loved. In fear, we forget Jesus has always been there for us.
2. Trying to Control
When we fear we are uncertain about things and want to take control. We try to satisfy our feelings by taking control of our lives. But feeling is not the truth, it gives us the wrong picture about the truth. We fear of losing and hold ourselves tighter, we try to control ourselves and people around us. But Jesus came to set us free. God gives us love, faith and hope, therefore we don’t need to be in control because as long as we trust in God, He will give the best for us.
3. Becoming Forgetful
In fear we do not see God’s power. We forgot how much He has done for us, where He has led us from the past until now. Fear will blind our eyes that every good thing we know about God will disappear from our eyes, then we only see disappointment and darkness. In 2 Timothy 1:7, it says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Rev Daniel reminded us to use the Kingdom mindset to look at F.E.A.R. – Face Everything And Rise
The truth is to see beyond fear, and fix our eyes on God, who is above our every problem, every obstacle, and every fear.
“But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.” (Isaiah 40:31)