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Fear Of What God Is Asking Me To Do

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is from our series, “Fear Not,” which is based on the series of the same name from Life.Church in Oklahoma. This message is based on Luke 1:26-38.


Hope And Faith In God

God the Father chose His Son, Jesus, to be the One who would save humanity from our sins. In His infinite knowledge, He knew that Jesus would save us when the time was right. Peter wrote:

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

God the Father raised the Son from the dead and through Jesus has made faith in God possible. Our faith is based on this incredible event – the Resurrection of Jesus. Our hope is based on the Resurrection. Without it, our faith is futile and our hope is dead. But we have a living hope because we have a risen Savior! He’s alive and we who put our trust in Him for forgiveness will be raised from the dead as well. This is our hope…

Living In Reverence

We are only passing through this life and we do not belong to this world. We are strangers here who are headed to a better place. We are headed toward our true home in Heaven. So how should we live here on earth? Peter writes:

Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially,​​ live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. – 1 Peter 1:17 (NIV)

We need to keep our eyes on Heaven while we are passing through here on earth. God will judge everyone impartially, meaning that He doesn’t play favorites. Just because you are a child of God does not mean that you won’t be judged for your actions. The fact that you are God’s child just means that the verdict is “Not guilty.” We all would do well to remember today that we will face judgment someday and we need to live our lives with reverent fear and respect for God, our Father and Judge.

Just Like Our Father

When we think about our Heavenly Father, we think about His love and grace and mercy and forgiveness. Do we ever think about His holiness? Do we think about the fact that God is holy? God is holy, meaning that He is set apart and far from ordinary. God is so pure and holy and He wants His children to be holy, just as He is holy. Peter wrote:

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NIV)

Instead of sinning with little regard for what it cost Jesus, we need to be holy. Instead of looking like the world in its blatant disregard for God’s expectations, we need to be different and set apart. We need to be holy, just like our Heavenly Father is holy. While we will not attain perfect holiness, it should be our aim. Salvation is God’s gift to us. Holiness is our response.

Because Of Faith

Why do we believe in God’s existence in and in His love? Why do we worship Him? Why do we trust Jesus for salvation? There is a goal to our faith. The Apostle Peter wrote:

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

Though we have never seen God, we have felt the effects of faith in Him. When we come to faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit of God fills us with joy. Joy comes from knowing and serving Jesus. Faith leads to joy and faith leads to Heaven. That’s the goal of our faith – eternal life. Let’s face it, life is hard. Faith is hard, too. We believe in a God we cannot see and in His Son, whom we have never met. Yet, when we gather with like-minded believers, the joy is real. When God’s Spirit does what He does, the joy is glorious. I’ve seen lives transformed and tears of joy streaming down faces of the most unlikely of people. It’s because of faith.

American Idols

Under the old covenant, the children of Israel were told not to worship idols of precious metal, wood and stone. In the New Testament, John closes out his first letter with a similar admonition. He writes:

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. – 1 John 5:21 (NIV)

The Apostle Paul said that greed is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). We may not have American idols of gold, stone and wood, but we definitely have idols that we worship. We have idols of green paper that we worship. We have idols of celebrity, entertainment and sports that we worship. We worship idols of pleasure and leisure. We worship our families and our children. We worship our jobs. We worship our country and our planet. Anything or anyone that you put before Jesus is an idol. As followers of Jesus, we believe that God is God and everything else is a potential idol. Every day we must fight the battle against idolatry in our lives. Every idol will disappoint you because you were made for a relationship with your Creator, not His creation.

According To His Will

Do you believe that God hears your prayers and will answer them? Do you trust that your Heavenly Father is listening when you call out to Him? John writes:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)

The key to seeing God answer our prayers is to pray according to His will. Sometimes we wonder why God isn’t answering our prayers. He IS answering them. Sometimes the answer is, “No” or “Wait.” When we pray selfish prayers, the answer may be, “No.” When we pray according to our will, the answer is, “No” if our will is not aligned with the will of God. “No” does not mean that God does not love you. It means that you need to shift your priorities and your expectations. Pray that God will answer your prayers according to His will and know that the God who loves you and who will always do what is best will answer your prayers.

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