Four Words ‘Jesus Christ’ Doesn’t Spell – Sunday Thought For The Day
Examine the Name “Jesus Christ”. No matter how one arranges the letters in His name you cannot spell “fear, run, ran or panic.” However, in the Name “Jesus Christ” you can spell the words “I, just, and us.”
Here’s my point; no matter what the circumstances of our life or the conditions of the world around us “fear, run, ran, and panic” should not be the emotions that dictate our actions or response. Actions and responses are behavior, and the behavior that pleases God is the behavior that relies first and only upon Him.
It may sound counterintuitive to say there is no “fear” in Christ, but fear is the lie of Satan, devised to make us doubt the sufficiency of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As true Born-Again Christians we need understand that to fear is to doubt, and to doubt is to question God’s ability to answer our prayer(s) and His willingness to do same. Fear leads to doubt, and doubt leads to panic, and panic motivates us to not just act in our own strength, but it pushes us away from God.
When we are tempted to be afraid, we must remember that “I” am in Christ and it is “just us.” He is in control and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Thus, “greater is He that is you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 KJV)
Commit this day, that at whatever moment you are tempted to succumb to fear, you will look to God who alone is all sufficient and more than capable of rescuing us from whatever trouble(s) come our way. My friends, we either believe God with all of heart, mind, body, and soul – or we do not trust Him at all. There is no middle ground. We cannot half trust God and claim we fully love Him and trust Him. Faith is the fruit that grows only when it is watered by trust.
READ: 1 Peter 5:6-11 (KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here