Mark Affleck

I Need To Make A Confession . . .

July 8, 2017
Spiritual Growth

The combination of four words that name this blog—Love God Fear Nothing—is more than a slogan. More than a message. And even more than a ministry. Indeed, those four words are the catalyst that animates my faith and pumps life into the very essence of who I am.
But I need to make a confession—the fearing nothing part is much more difficult than the loving God part. In fact, it’s really hard.
The good news? If we get the love God part down, the fear nothing part has already begun to take root. Most of the time we just don’t realize it yet because we are in what I call a “BELIEF LAG.”
Fearing nothing is all about belief—the unshakable belief that nothing is too big for the God of Heaven and earth and recognizing that he has been, is now, and will always be there for us.
I experienced this truth through the crucible of tests, trials, and tribulation for many years living under the belief lag. Looking back on it now is comforting because I can see that “getting” the first part (love God) is what makes the second part (fear nothing) possible.
The goal is to shorten the belief lag in between!
And that’s exactly what happened for me when God used my pastor Rick Warren to explain what it means to TRULY believe God will keep every promise he makes.
Rick made it clear that the fight was not mine and God is in control.
The challenge for us is to take our eyes off the fear and look to God’s infinite power. When we know and believe right from the start that nothing is too hard for God, we’ll be strong in facing the day-by-day, step-by-step fight with fear.
That message from Rick not only shortened my belief lag, it provided this wonderful inspiration from God’s Word that I carry with me every day:
“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19
In the middle of my belief lag, I always expected the worst. I thought everything would eventually turn up negative in some way, and I still fight that powerful “fear force” today. But God has given me a transformed outlook where I now expect everything in my life to work out for the best according to his plan.
Of course that doesn’t mean everything will be successful or perfect. But it does mean it will be the best as measured by what God would do with my life and my commitment to follow him. That makes sense because it is not really about the outcome. It is about the process and how that connects me to God and his discerning hand and direction so I can live out my purpose for him and his Kingdom.
And that’s exactly what I am doing in my life today.
All I had to do was believe and trust God to get me through those two steps—love God, fear nothing.

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1 thought on “I Need To Make A Confession . . .”

  1. I love you man you are so right on so transparent you are a Warrior let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you with your ministry God bless you always

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