Face Down Your Fears – Fear’s Shackles
Key Bible Verse: But when I am afraid I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3
Bonus Reading: Psalm 56:1-13
Facing two death sentences in 1997, I was brought from prison into an Iranian courthouse to make them official. As I took my place before the judge on the witness stand, he looked at me intently and said, “Mr. Baumann, tell us why you came to Iran.”
Scared and intimidated by the fear of man, I took a long pause as I considered what to say. The judge waited for my answer. The video cameras also waited.
I knew that this judge had the power to order my execution right then and there. I knew that he might do just that if I answered honestly. But I also knew I had to tell the truth about why I came to Iran.
As I opened my mouth, the truth is I struggled to speak and was much afraid.
But then something stronger than fear rose up within me. The Spirit of God gave me courage and confidence. I looked directly at the judge and said, “I came to Iran to tell people like you about Jesus Christ.”
God gave me strength to share my heart. The more I shared my faith, the bolder I became, and the less my fears beset me.
On that day in the Iranian courtroom, I realized I was free. My fear had been overcome! [Baumann was released after 63 days of incarceration.]
—Dan Baumann in A Beautiful Way
My Response: A fear that has me intimidated is ____. To overcome it, I need to …
Thought to Apply: It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of man.—John Witherspoon (colonial president of Princeton University)
Adapted from A Beautiful Way (YWAM, 2005)
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Father, You know what I fear. Help me to give you that fear today. May I rest in your peace and strength no matter what happens.