Week 6, Day 5
Jesus will Build his Church
By: Kyle Van Tine
Matthew 16:18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
It was the middle of the night and I’m suddenly awakened to screaming coming from my daughters room. Blurry eyed and barely conscience I sprang out of bed and ran into the girls room to see what was the matter. My oldest daughter, Ellie, was wrapped up in blankets, she was crying in her bed with a look of pure terror in her eyes. Next to Ellie was her younger sister, Izzy, who was still asleep and blissfully unaware of whatever was causing so much panic, fear, worry. I asked Ellie what was wrong and she wouldn’t even use her words but could only point over to the wall where there was a small spider. I couldn’t help but laugh at the immediate disproportionate size of my daughter compared to this little spider.
I remember telling Ellie that the spider is more afraid of you then you are of it. Ellie is bigger, stronger, smarter, and more powerful but she wasn’t believing that about herself. This story has exact parallels with our story, we are often scared to talk with people about Jesus, scared of demonic powers, scared of cultural trends and changes and our own shortcoming and that fear often leaves us hiding.
We need not be afraid because we have the Gospel, which is the power of God to salvation for all who believe (Rom 1:15) and the gates of hell, all demonic powers, all the resistance of mankind's fallen and rebellious intellect can not thwart the power of God at work through his Gospel and by his Spirit. Don’t be afraid of the spider today, he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Question #1: What do you tend to be fearful of and why? What would your Spiritual life look like if you didn’t give into your fears?
Question #2: How can you address your fears with the truth of the Gospel? What are some experiences in your life when you felt the fear but were obedient to God anyway?