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Thursday, September 1, 2016
Choose Faith over Fear BY RICK WARREN — SEPTEMBER 1 Thursday
“By faith he left Egypt,not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 NIV).
The first resolution: Choose to be who God wants you to be. The second resolution: Choose short-term pain for long-term gain. The third resolution: Choose God’s values, not the world’s.
And the fourth resolution Moses made: He chose to live by faith rather than by fear. You’re going to have to make the same choice, too: You’re either going to live by faith or you’re going to live by fear.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:27, “By faith he left Egypt,not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible” (NIV).
Moses went to the most powerful man in the world and said, “You know those slaves that are building all your pyramids? I’m taking them, and we’re all leaving. You’re not going to have slave labor anymore. Let my people go.”
Moses had every reason to be afraid. He was going up against the most powerful man on the planet at that point. Pharaoh in those days was considered a god, and whatever Pharaoh said you had to do. What he said was the law. And here comes Moses who says, “We aren’t going to do what you say anymore. I’m not afraid of you because I report to a higher authority.” It took some guts to do that!
Do you want the same kind of faith in your life so that you can overcome your fear? The closer you get to God, the more you’re going to be filled with faith. The further away you get from God, the more you’re going to be filled with fear.
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of faith for the rest of your life. The Bible says that whatever is not of faith is sin. How many times did you sin this week? A lot. So did I. Because anything I did that wasn’t done in faith that I did in doubt was a sin. The Bible also says that without faith it is impossible to please God. How many times did you please God this week?
Do you want something to change in your life? Stop complaining and start believing. God is not moved by complaints. God is moved by faith: “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29). You get to choose what he does in your life.
Here’s the key: What matters is not the size of your faith but the size of the God you put it in. A little faith in a big God gets big results!