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Frozen

Posted: Sunday, December 13

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Obadiah 1:1-21
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 29:24-25 

 

Verse of the day:

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety. (Proverbs 29:25)


An elderly lady was asleep in her bed one night, when she was awakened by a strange noise from the living room. Cautiously, she walked in and discovered a burglar in the process of stealing her stereo. Overcome with fear, she whispered a desperate prayer, "Help me Jesus!" The burglar heard her and started towards her. Without a thought she put up her hand and shouted a favorite scripture reference: ACTS, 2:38! The burglar immediately froze. The lady dialed 911, and within minutes, police were on the scene, and took the burglar to the police station. As the police were questioning him, one of the detectives said, "I’m curious, you could have ran and got away, why did you stay frozen in that one spot?" The burglar answered, "Man, if you knew that old lady was packing an axe and two .38 revolvers, you would not have moved either!"

 

 

Someone has said that there are 4 motivations for man: fear, faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is fear. Psychologists call fear “phobias.” Some have calculated up to 700 different types and it’s estimated that 28 million Americans suffer from a chronic phobia. Everyone has fears. Historians record that even Julius Caesar was afraid of thunder.

 

 

This is where I perform my solo from “Frozen”… “Let it go…” It was awful in my mind too. Truthfully, I feel asleep during the movie.

 

 

While fears take many forms, the #1 fear men face is the fear of people. We are afraid of what others think about us. We are afraid of being taunted or maybe even threatened. The Bible says the cost of fear is high; fear traps and torments you. In order to conquer fear, like Daniel living in Babylon or Joseph facing Esau, one must have confidence, not in yourself, not in the goodness of others, but in the strength and the protection of Almighty God. It’s not enough to just “Let it go”; you need to grab on to something or Someone bigger than your fear. Scripture is clear, “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”