God repeatedly uses his people not to glorify themselves or to give some advantage to others, but to glorify God.
Children learning to play baseball are often afraid of the ball when it is their turn at bat. Their instinct is to duck or step out of the path of the oncoming ball.
Often, when we decide to be an agent of change for God, fear will rise up against us.
Have you ever heard of “imposter syndrome”? It’s the persistent fear of being secretly incompetent or inadequate for your job. A lot of us fear being “found out”
“It is not possible, wonderful Lord,
to express in human speech
the depths of our gratitude to God
What would you do if you had no fear? “NPR podcast Invisibilia tackled that question in its second episode by talking to Antonio Damasio, a University of Southern California neuroscientist who has treated a woman—referred to as SM—with an inability to feel fear. SM suffers from Urbach-Wiethe disease, placing her among a group of only about 400 people on the planet with the condition.”
While fear can be a healthy emotion, it can also keep us, at times, from trusting God. What would you do if you completely trusted God and couldn’t feel fear?
In summer 2016, Russia passed a packet of laws that more tightly restricted missionary activity and evangelism. Russian Christians fear enforcement of those laws.