One of the many ways people try to control you is through fear. But we are taught from the word of God, ‘we’ve not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind’. The early church was faced with persecution (false imprisonments, loss of property, public humiliation, and even death) for believing in the person of Jesus Christ. However, as discouraging as this tactic of bullying through intimidation discouraged them, they kept spreading the truth wherever they went and it benefited others. Doing the right thing, especially in today’s world takes a lot of courage. We see courage throughout the word of God: Esther the Queen, David the young sheep herder, and the three young Hebrew boys. What we learn from them is regardless of your position or age, no one is immune to fear, but we have God on our side so we can take down strongholds. I learned many years ago, ‘fear is a mind killer, you must face it and let it pass through’. If fear paralysis you, know you’ll never move till you look it in the eye.
“But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison. But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” — Acts 8:3-4 NLT
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