Author of Fearful To Fearless: biblical truths to inspire you to live a life free of fear and to worship God.
I’ve certainly made my share of excuses when it comes to stepping out, but each time I’ve chosen to step in faith I have been blessed and enriched. I know it pleases God to see people overcome their fears and answer His call. He has a plan and wants to include you and me both to accomplish it!
The book Fearful To Fearless is something that has been on my heart for many many years, I’ve actually been waiting and hoping for someone else to write it. I kept looking for something that you could pick up when you needed to hear a short word from God in the area of fear and worry.
A few years ago I felt a calling that was far outside my comfort zone, it was a sense that it was time to leave my job. Now, that is not something you decide to do on a whim, especially in these uncertain economic times. My wife, Chris, and I began to pray, and if that’s what God had in store for us then it would be okay. We began to pray and expressed my interest in the idea at the office, a few months passed before we got wind of planned cutbacks, and then I found myself praising God for His faithfulness one day as I received word of my pending departure. I think I caught the boss off guard with my attitude. It was almost as though he was the one that needed consoling for delivering bad news. When I shared with my co-workers that it was a gift from God and an answer to prayer they were floored!
Upon leaving my job I was compelled to bring together the scriptures for this book, Fearful To Fearless represents about a 15 months of research, study and preparation. A number of bible translations and commentaries were utilized in identifying the scripture passages relating to fear, worry and the fear of God. I prayed about what each passage had to say in order to uncover a concise biblical truth that put the passage in context for me. In the end I identified almost 400 scripture references. Through the entire process there was one point that was repeated over and over, it is that God is with us, Emmanuel. In fact that’s what God said to Moses when he first objected to God’s call at the burning bush;
Moses answered God, But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt? I’ll be with you, God said. ~ Exodus 3:11-12a (MSG)
I’ve said that much of the inspiration for Fearful To Fearless is the biblical account of Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35-41. It’s a demonstration of Christ’s power over nature and His ability to comfort us in the storm. It showcases our need to call on Him in prayer and place our trust and reliance on Him.
When the disciples cried out suggesting that He didn’t care whether they perished or not, Christ showed His disappointment in their lack of faith. For Christ loves us all and wants for none to perish, but for all to have faith and go through the storm with Him. Each time we choose to trust Him in the storm the stronger our faith becomes.
But what we also see in this passage is the transformation from being afraid, to having the fear of God. The disciples just witnessed the power that He had over the sea and storm and realized the power that He had over them. They were now in awe, they marveled at what they just observed and were filled with the fear of God, a godly fear of the power and grace of Christ during the calm, a fear of the Lord and all His goodness, a reverent awe that was full of honor and glorifying to Christ.