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Fearless Preaching

I watched a video by Francis Chan this morning and there was something that stood out to me as I am preparing not only to present two very important topics at our Encounter this weekend, but also as I am wrestling with what it means to follow God’s calling of speaking publicly in the future.

In a nutshell he said:  When we are nervous in standing before a crowd, that is a sign of sin.  It means that we are far more concerned about what the people think about us than what God thinks about us.  It is about me, me, me, me, ME…when it should be all about Him, Him, Him, Him, HIM!

He told the story of a friend of his that died while preaching.  His friend shared the Gospel message and told them that they never know when God might call the time for them to stand before their Father in heaven.  Are they ready?  He then sat down, keeled over, and died.

Thinking about this transforming message of God that we have been entrusted with should humble us to the point that there is no room for selfish fear or selfish excuses.

If God has called me to do something and I have fear, I need to think, “Where is the sin?”  God did not call me to fear; He called me to live victoriously and powerfully in Him and for His Kingdom.

I want Him to shake my world and touch my heart so deeply that His message rings out loud and clear from my life.  No fear.  No excuses.  Lord, let Your glory shine out today!

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