“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
A phobia is an excessive and persistent fear of an object or situation. If you have a phobia, you may experience a deep sense of panic when you encounter the source of your fear. Have you felt like this when attempting to share the gospel with a friend or classmate? And who hasn’t, at one time or another? Behaviour experts have recommended that the best way to conquer your phobia is to persistently expose yourself to it. So, do you want to overcome the fear that grips you every time you try to share the gospel? Ignore the fear, go ahead and preach anyway. Your boldness grows with each new attempt.
Fear ebbs when courage swells. Billy Graham was one of the most successful evangelists in modern church history. He saw millions of people respond to the altar call in more than fifty years of gospel preaching. But who would believe the fear he had to overcome in his early days! Once, when he was invited to preach to the British Royal family, he went with five prepared sermons. By his own admission, he finished preaching all five within a space of eight minutes! So, don’t give up, keep on preaching!
Challenge: Many great preachers started out as amateurs.
Prayer: Fill me with holy passion that drowns out fear, dear Lord.
Quote: Fear ebbs when courage swells.
Bible Reading in one Year: Exodus 4:10-12