What Christians Fear Most

monsters

Sometimes I feel like a monster.

Not when I lose my temper. When that happens, I’m just being a typical fallen human – my old fleshly self.

But sometimes I feel like a monster from Monstropolis. You know, the ones from Monsters Inc. who are afraid of children.

Sounds silly, doesn’t it?

But we’re not much brighter. We fear man.

We clamor for man’s approval and stop at nothing to gain the respect of the masses.

And if we’re honest with ourselves, on our worst days, we’d rather be judged by God than by our bosses.

This is the wrong way of living. Jesus is very clear in Matthew 10:28: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.”

We’re so anxious to please others and remain certain not to offend ignorant people with the Gospel, but we’d much rather offend the One who commanded us to do just that!

Think about it. There are plenty of reasons why we don’t witness the way we ought. Laziness and carelessness may be at the top of the list, but fear is most certainly right up there.

Why won’t you witness to your boss? Because you’re afraid of getting fired.

Why won’t you witness to your neighbor? Because you’re afraid of making future front yard conversations terse and awkward.

Remember. These people who do not know the Gospel are as harmless as a child in Monstropolis. You have the Holy Spirit fighting with you, and enabling you to carry on the task.

Easter’s coming up. Invite someone to church. Just a simple, harmless invitation.

After all, who doesn’t like an invitation somewhere, right?

And don’t loose sight of who the real enemy is: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

Don’t be like the monsters who are scared of little children. Know who your real enemy is and realize the potential – through Christ – they’re keeping you from.

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21 Responses to What Christians Fear Most

  1. Dawnasong says:

    I hate to admit it but I’m afraid of Christianity…the best way to teach is by example. A smile with the eyes of God bearing no judgment is converting and rare in the Christian faith. I love your writing style and sediment. It’s kind with good intentions! And I hope someday I can be at peace with how the Christian’s treated my family but for know I commend you for your bold perspectives,
    I’m°•○●●○•° internalizing~°•○●

  2. Dawnasong says:

    Sentiment!~°•○●☆~laughs~☆●○•°~

  3. barbtaub says:

    One of the most lovely things we discovered when we moved to the south (Virginia), was that when people like you, they invite you to their church. We’re not Christians, but how can you resist something so charming and straight from the heart? Because of our own religious beliefs, we often encounter suspicion, hostility, and outright hate in our daily lives. But inside a church, no matter the denomination, we never found anything but love. So we accepted those invitations whenever we could, and we never once regretted it. (Only times we said no were Christmas and Easter, because we often volunteered in a church nursery so other parents could attend their services. And let me tell you, the rewards were NOT just stacking up in heaven on that one… They do some seriously good church food in the South!)

  4. afsheenanjum says:

    We must live in a good way, we must follow the guided path and do not fear anything but Allah. Do good to all and resist and fight the bad.This world could be a much better place if we all follow our path as no religion teaches selfishness or hater.Even if we just follow the practice of humanity we can turn this world in heaven. But the shame is worldly greediness and power for which we are astray and ruining ourselves and world.

    In Quran :
    Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,

    ( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #155)
    ..

    A very good post. Keep up the good work and spread peace all around.
    May Allah bless you , ameen

  5. mjmsprt40 says:

    Reblogged this on mjmsprt40, sez me. and commented:
    I can’t add much to this. Anthony hit the nail square.

  6. Came across this post on FB yesterday and your post I believe ties in- Love the ways in which God speaks to us. I hear something once, I think on it- I hear something twice and I believe I should be acting on it. God has a way of getting our attention.

    “Evolution has programmed us to feel rejection in our guts. Fear of Rejection isn’t just psychological. It’s in our cells.” Steven Pressfield

    Rejection is marrow deep – it’s spiritual, emotional, and physical. It’s as old as our sin nature – it is our sin nature. Our proclivity to lie, cheat, manipulate, control, and to accuse all have their roots in our rejection.

    If we can learn to deal with rejection, not appease it, we can learn to live in victory…

  7. I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s unfortunate and I certainly don’t condone it, but we live in a society that revolves around humanity instead of God. Honestly, I don’t think people really believe their is a heaven or hell or a price to pay. I don’t think they fear God and I don’t think most people who claim to know Jesus actually do.

    Jesus warned us about this. “You cannot serve two Lords” (I’m paraprasing)
    and “some will cry Lord, Lord, and I wlll say I know you not”

    I’m not sure if I’m really getting my message across clearly here…perhaps I need to blog about this as well…

    But….I have a person say “Thank you Jesus” and in a snooty, obnoxious,way when that person is an obnoxious, a trouble maker,and stabs people in the back.

    Of course…I’m no better. Neither are you. That’s what people forget. In God’s eyes we are all the same. God gave us a whole world and gave us the opportunity to Love, be happy, and prosper and …then…we did basically everything He told us not to.

    And….we crucified His son. We tortured the Son of God to death. Think about that. Really think about it. We are all related to those people. We are all guilty. We are lucky God forgive us and tolerates us….now that’s Love. Remember Noah and the flood…the first group who disobeyed didn’t fare so well AND they DIDN”T kill God’s son.

    What does that mean? We are in big trouble if we don’t get it together
    Don’t you all see the signs? Do you want to be the one Jesus says “I know you not” too? And most will be.

    We want to blame God for everything from stubbing our toes after we had a bad day and the car broke down, to when someone is murdered, but we brought this all on ourselves.

    God is not responsible for the bad in your life. You are. Reach out to Jesus and be saved and be happy. The reward is great and Jesus is a really nice man not to mention the Son of God.

    Some people put more importance on a football game then on praying. We have countries full of starving people when the US wastes enough food to feed another country every year. We feed our pets better than some people eat. Then we whine to God about how bad things are. I know I have.

    People think it’s okay to commit adultery. They think if the spouse doesn’t know or agrees that it is okay. It’s not okay. God says it’s not okay and there is a reason. I don’t know His exact reasons, but I would guess it’s to not get people hurt physically and mentally and to make sure the kids prosper and grow up in a real family. Besides which, He said so. He did, after all, give you life, and the world we live in.

    I saw this commercial for some kids cheerleading or dance show I think it’s called “Bring it”. and the very highly glam mother prays with her team (WITH HER TEAM) “God, please help us bring on the dance and win it” or something like that. Why are we praying about stuff like that?

    Now, I have been guilty on that one praying for the Saints to win a football game. Pretty dumb when you think about it. Does God care about a football game? Why should He care about us having fun when we can’t even follow the big rules? We only come to him most times when something is wrong.

    Anyway, I am trying to change these evil ways in myself. I hope this helps people understand just how wrong we are and that WE NEED and should APPRECIATE GOD…

    Let me say that again…..WE NEED and SHOULD APPRECIATE GOD.
    You can change …Jesus will reach out his loving hand if you accept Him and love Him in your heart.

    PS….Our judicial system is made up on a system that goes against WHAT GOD SAID TO DO….
    I don’t think it’s meant to …it’s supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty” but….we have crooked cops, lawyers who get off known or highly suspected killers….people are allowed to beat each other and kill each other in jail.

    and I know we need laws and rules and prison to keep order…but the problem is we don’t have God in our lives and we judge people and allow violence.

    “Do Unto others….”

    When we did we forget that?
    Even the churches judge people. All of them. Not just one or the other .

    Believe in Jesus and repent. Change your ways before it’s too late…..and if somebody calls you a Holy Roller…so what…

    “Let the dead bury their dead”

    They are not insulting you.(AND WHO CARES ANYWAY) They are insulting God. That’s a big deal. I’m proud to be called a Holy Roller because God means more to me than anything or anybody. Period.

    Have a blessed day….but remember we have to DO what Jesus said not just think about it. and we need to embrace the very people we steer away from or disdain at least in prayer and try to help them.

    • purpledivaa says:

      This is just so you’ll know I like your comment. It struck a chord. :)

      • Well, I’m just repeating what the Lord already basically told us. I’m glad it touched a chord. Please help me to reach other people with this message. It’s easy to reach other Christians…but what about the homeless guy we see at the corner, or the lady we say walking down the road everyday, what about the prisoners or the people we “hate” …any ideas?

      • PS…thank you…Glory to God!!!

  8. Dawnasong says:

    Religion is for people that are afraid of going to hell, spirituality is for the people who have been there.
    We are spiritual being’s having a human experience!
    We will all be perfected when we leave in spirit. Hope I didn’t offend anyone, if so let me apologize!
    It’s a wonderful world; have a beautiful day
    Sincerely,
    Dawna

  9. Love this.

    I think a lot of non-believers don’t believe because of fear. And when these fearful non-believers see that some believers live in fear too, it closes off their path to God. Because why even bother right? So we also need to consider that our own fear darkens the light of God for others.When our lives are dominated by fear, we aren’t being very good witnesses.

    People like you, who don’t waver, who are simple and honest, are a wonderful testament to the power and love of God.

  10. Pingback: What Christians Fear Most (Reposted from the blog adoptingjames) | judith99blog

  11. judith992014 says:

    Wonderful blog. I enjoy reading it, but this is one I wanted to share with others. I tried to repost it on my blog. I hope it worked. Keep writing! Keep trusting! God bless you!

  12. Hi all. I just wanted to apologize for the typos in my post. My mind was moving faster than my fingertips. LOL

  13. mimicash says:

    Reblogged this on .

  14. mt says:

    Sometimes, all it takes is just an invitation, and let God do the rest of the work :)

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