Day 2, As Goliath moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet him. wow and wow!

The power of fear

Imagine its Saturday, early evening, the weather is mild and the kids want you to come out and play some kickball. They’ve already set the bases, pumped the ball and recruited your spouse to the opposing team. Big belly laughs echo when they see you in action, running the bases as though it meant something. The unsympathetic cheering gives you a chuckle. A few feet from home plate your kid heaves the ball and misses you by an inch. “I still got it” you chant, grinning and realizing how wonderful your life is.

Now imagine you’re playing that game on the roof top of a skyscraper. Flat and square, the field and bases are the same. The players are the same – your family. There are no fences. Close your eyes and go there in your mind. What is your immediate reaction? What happens to you when you picture it? This is what the enemy does best. He takes joyful things and makes them scary. Playing kickball with your kids on top of a skyscraper brings absolutely nothing but fear to mind for any sane person. Even the image of it will increase your blood pressure. You certainly wouldn’t play a real game in that location but many of us do play the game in that CONDITION, AS IF the game were in that location – make sense? Either way the game is futile because your only goal is avoiding death. The lie is powerful when you believe it.

The showdown with fear

Let’s move from the hypothetical scenario above to a more tangible daily struggle with fear. There are many families whose bread winner is out of work. It’s been 18 months for us and it seems like a life time. The fear of poverty lingers with an inescapable heaviness like a miserable humidity -you’re always uncomfortably aware of it. Little things are acutely stressful and big things get avoided altogether.

Last night I nearly fell off my skyscraper! Actually I did step through the attic floor which doubles as our bathroom ceiling. The attic is where our AC unit lives and breathes. On occasion it sounds like its choking to death. Three days ago it conked out and the house became an oven; two days ago we paid for a new transformer to get the house cooled down; one day ago my wife noticed that our couch was soaked in rusty water. The AC condensation pan had rusted through and leaked orange water all the way downstairs and onto the couch. Ugh! I went up to stop the water and dry out the area. As I was using my right foot to gently towel off the attic floor, it gave way and pushed a flurry of soaked insulation and drywall chunks into the vanity below (her side). I held on to a beam and avoided the fall. Today we paid to replace that rusty pan avoiding further damage. Tomorrow, I’ll buy the drywall and paint to repair the ceiling; and two days from now we’ll be back where we started.

Okay, this is a typical problem for anyone with a 25 year old home- it goes with the territory- more frustrating than life altering. But when you have no income it is life altering, it changes the game. You don’t care about the frustration of it anymore, you just care that it took this months health insurance payment to cool the house. It puts you smack dab on top of that skyscraper (in your mind).

The enemy strikes hardest in these moments. When my foot crashed through the ceiling my wife was below in the bathroom looking up at me. Her face had a blank look as if she was transitioning from her “I give up” face, to her “I don’t care anymore” face. The emotional pendulum swings effortlessly between “hang- in- there” and “hopeless” in a moment; and it’s during this moment that you have to decide how you will react. This is the where the show down must take place.
What about rebuking the enemy?

When you know its spiritual warfare you should definitely rebuke the enemy. But honestly, when your skin touches the fire all your focus is on the pain and not the one who started the fire. But that’s okay because you have to be honest about the pain. Don’t try some kind of Zen move and pretend it doesn’t exist. The enemy is the father of lies. If you lie about it you only further his cause. Acknowledging that you’re in a painful struggle does not give him a victory. Rather, it takes his currency and makes it yours. What you do next that is even more critical!

You can credit the enemy and bow in defeat, but that won’t make him leave. It just gives him more foot- hold and places you at the doorstep of despair. The only real solution is to DISCREDIT the enemy by squaring your shoulders and standing up to him – in spite of the pain! Often our rebuke is like a yipping dog from an open window. It makes plenty of noise but poses no real threat to the passing stranger. This is different than just rebuking him. This is defeating him by your authority and God’s power.

Acknowledge Pain, Resist The Lie, Advance With Passion, Defeat The Enemy!

Let’s look at one of the great examples in scripture to illustrate the point. I’m a huge David fan because his life is filled with beautiful pictures of that warrior’s heart. He suffered and acknowledged his pain, yet passionately defended His God in spite of it. He advanced with zeal against the enemy and never lost a battle.

David’s heart:
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and shield, my heart trusts in him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song!

David’s faith and obedience:
1 Sam 17:48 “As the Philistine (Goliath) moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him”.

Absolutely awesome! Man, what a heart! This scrawny kid was literally facing his own death – just go there in your mind and imagine it. Goliath was a meaty 9 ft-plus and fearless. This is not Shrek, its Satan in a man suit -Scary stuff! The passage states that when Goliath began to advance on him, David sped up and went directly at him. Wow! And Wow! David ran toward the enemy! That is the answer! When you are under attack, get mad at the enemy, rebuke him and go on the offense. Take away his currency. He wants you to cower in fear and give up. But let’s follow David’s example and confront the enemy with zeal and passion, knowing that our heavenly Father will win the battle if we’ll step into it with faith. For encouragement, go back and read the story again in the context of this writing, it will bless your heart well beyond your time investment.(1 Samuel 17).

Recap

Fear is great the tool of the enemy. He creates it in us by reframing our perspective through painful circumstances. His goal is to kill our productivity and life’s work, steal our children and destroy our peace. But he cannot win if we acknowledge that pain and say “so what!” Then stand up and run at him with the authority of God‘s power just like David did. Rebuking is only a part of the battle plan. He will eventually flee when opposed by tough resistance, and then God will deliver your break through and your faith will soar. Today let’s recognize each other’s pain and help one another to be honest about it, but stand up together and RUN at the enemy in the name of our Mighty God! Get mad! And remember, we haven’t been given the spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love and a sound mind. The skyscraper is a lie – crush it!

Blessings

Please alert me if I can be of some encouragement to you.
Kevin Adams contact: wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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10 Responses to Day 2, As Goliath moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet him. wow and wow!

  1. Leanna says:

    Talk about encouragement, thanks for sharing your gift with us. You have a way my friend. Thinking of you.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Hey lady!! thanks so much for taking time to comment. I hope you guys are well. Family pictures to you soon. Thanks for your unending patience. Blessing to you my friend

  2. Jen says:

    Thank you for this excellent reminder Kevin. When our fears step out onto center stage, it certainly does feel like standing before Goliath. The story of David is so encouraging, and it’s awesome to see what God does in our life when we have so little to work with (in a worldly sense) but faith and belief in Him.

    We’ve been given the spirit of power, love and a sound mind to use in these situations. Thank God!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Jen for your kind and encouraging words. God really breathed life into to me through your comments. May He return that encouragment to you in big packages!! Thanks so much!!

  3. Laura says:

    The word encouragement would not be an adequate definition of what this post has been for me, and clearly others as well. As I have said before (which people will have to read the next few days of your writing because I’m reading backwards from where I began on day 5.) I can see the reality of both your pain and your passion. The fact that you have real experiences and pain, but yet cling to what you know is truth in a very real God is nothing short of encouraging – to say the least. Having had many painful experiences myself, it is things such as you have mentioned that have brought me through. I can credit God, and God alone, for my life – for who I am today, and sheerly for being alive. Had it not been for his extended hand, I cannot honestly say where I would be, or that I would be here. I thank you for writing with transparency, and sharing your thoughts with a thirsty world. God WILL bless your faithfulness.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      One of the most incredible things about being equally yoked with one another is the soul tie that occurs instantly by the Holy Spirit. And friendships become powerful bonds for intercession and spuring one another on. Perhaps the best thing of all is that our friendships may start in an instant but they will last throughout eternity – pretty cool!! God just gave me another eternal friend. Bless you my friend! and thanks!

      • Laura says:

        Absolutely – and an honor it will be to call you friend. God has a nifty way of things happening in His own perfect timing. You are right. Friendships are born in an instant, but can flourish over a lifetime and beyond. With the risk of sounding repetitive, I am grateful to God for leading me here. Again, it will be an honor to call you a friend. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sam Peebles says:

    Also, on the other side of David is all the other men at the battlefield, Jonathon is there as are many others who have already demonstrated that they were great warriors, for we know that Saul has gathered these men around him. None of these warriors stepped up against this enemy, for each day they sat back and listened to this foe, they grew more and more afraid. Goliath had all of them exaclty where satan has many of us, too scared to do anything but sit back and watch. I love Davids LOVE for His Lord, when he came on the scene he immediately remembers how God has given him victory over the paw of the lion and the bear and knows God will also give him victory over this uncircmcised fellow. I hope we can learn from this and realize the longer we allow fear to move us the harder it is too see Gods Power and His ability to win the battle for us. So if we have found ourselves where we have been frozen by fear, lets follow David and allow God to fill us with passion and run toward our enemy and defeat it by God’s Power!! I have let fear keep me from doing things for God or from talking to folks about God too many times, it is time for me to stop letting fear hold me back and let God move me forward to help push the boundaries in this Spiritual battle we are all in. God Bless you Kevin and all the others who are being encouraged and challenged,by these writings that the Spirit is presenting through our brother, Kevin!!

  5. Do you know what I like best about David? He “inquired of the Lord.” Everytime he went to battle and did anything for God’s people he asked for directions. Sure he screwed up a time or two in his life, but he kept on going back to God over and over. You are doing such a great job encouraging others here. Did you know, “encourage” in the Websters dictionary is to “inspire with courage?” Isn’t that great? Here you’re very poignant post you talk about overcoming fear and having courage, just like David, and in the mean time inspire others to have courage by being encouraging! So many are just talking the talk and not walking the walk. Great to see your blog. I’ll be back again soon. 🙂

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Terri for taking time to really check out the blog and that particular post. I did not know that about the word “encourage” but will not easilyt forget it! “Inspire with courage” yep, that definitley adds a powerful dynamic. Thanks for your insight and just being kind enough to share it here. I hope to hear more as you have time – you are very “encouraging”…inspiring me with courage! Bless you my new friend!

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