Superhero’s seem to have a distinct fearlessness about them. Like Captain America taking on the dark and intimidating Winter Soldier; they stand in the face of evil, unwaveringly battling against all odds.
Nothing too big could come in their way; nothing too intimidating or overwhelming could ever stop them from completing their mission.
Such fearlessness in character does not exist if we are dependent on ourselves. In fact, we fear because of ourselves—our inabilities, our weaknesses.
So how does,
FEAR – to be afraid of something or someone. To expect or worry about something bad or unpleasant.
FAITH – strong belief or trust in someone or something.
COURAGE – the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.
When we accept the one and only hero, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior, he becomes our power source. Instead of looking to insufficient selves for strength, we look to the all-sufficient Father.
Christ becomes the superhero. Not us.
When we correctly identify Christ as the superhero, the superpower, instead of ourselves or anyone else in this world – our fear can turn into faith and courage.
Take Spiderman for example… Before Spiderman discovers his superhero quality of spinning webs, he was a nerdy, shy, timid student who would never take on characters like the green goblin. His “superpower” isn’t something he earned, or deserved, or developed on his own. He was granted it, and accepted it. It’s when he receives this superpower that he wins battles, and faces giants, stands firm through trials and conflicts, that otherwise, he’d never make it through.
When we shift our focus from ourselves, to our power source, Jesus Christ, fear turns into faith and courage.
It’s a shift in focus from our inability, to Christ’s ability—His ability to overcome all things, to stand firm and unshaken in all things, to be victorious in all things.
The Word of God lists somewhere around 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of the 125 imperatives, 21 of them urge us to “not be afraid.” He said that one statement more than any other. “Don’t be afraid.”
“So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)
“Take courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2 )
“Don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough…” (Mathew 6:25)
We put away our fear by putting aside trust in the idea that a better version of ourselves is enough to save us.
But with Christ, and the putting on of our Christ-granted identity as His children—“seated with Him in the heavenly realms”—we can have a faith and courage, that no storm, trial, or tribulation, can shake because no matter what we face, in Christ we have ultimate victory over death, over the grave, over all things, through the power of the cross. When Christ said, “It is finished,” he meant the war has been won!
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