Freeze or Frees?

WHAT A BIG, AUDACIOUS GOAL! Build a multi-purpose Outreach Center in a retirement community with fixed incomes and health problems!? Are you kidding me?

This project Balboa Baptist Church is seeking to accomplish certainly calls us to look beyond ourselves. It stretches our faith financially. It causes us to look to reaching goals that will go beyond the time we have left on this earth. It puts us into a mode of trusting God to provide.

We have a choice: fear or faith. “Fear not,” “do not be afraid,” “be not afraid,” and “do not fear” appear in the context of trusting God over 100 times in the Bible!

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the “talents.” Each servant received a huge amount of money. A “talent” could be equivalent to 20 years of earnings. So in today’s dollars, they received at least several hundred thousand dollars, perhaps a million or two per “talent.”

Two of the servants “went at once and put the money to work.” They invested the Master’s money to benefit the Master’s kingdom. Over time they doubled the amount entrusted to them. When the Master returned, they heard, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

The third servant buried his talent. Jesus described him as having lazy actions and a wicked attitude. This servant said to the Master, “I was afraid.” His fear produced the opposite of faith. His fear led to inaction.

Fear freezes. Faith frees!

Adrian Rogers said, “It’s what you sow that multiplies, not what you keep in the barn.”

When God gives you opportunities to obey Him, do you fearfully freeze and do nothing? Or do you press forward in prayer and believing his Word to the faith that frees you to obey the living Lord Jesus?

Father, thank-you for the freedom to put faith in You through obedience.

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Amen

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Pastor Denny

Pastor, Husband, Father, PawPa

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