Wild Goose of Chase // Cage of Fear
[Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, ECC Covington Campus]
We are caged by fear when..
- We worry more about loss than about gain.
Saul was in the area of Gilgal and Samuel, the priest, sent word for Saul to stay out until he got there to advise and offer sacrifices. But Saul got antsy.
He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. (1 Samuel 13:8 ESV)
Saul’s soldiers began to leave him because he wasn’t moving or leading. He was doing what he was told to do by Samuel but he never addressed the detractors and lead them to wait on The Lord. Instead it looked like Saul was apathetic, or worse, fearful.
Many of us KNOW what God wants us to do, but fear stops us from acting. We fear what people may think about us of we boldly share our faith. We fear what people may say about us if we live a life that is counter to culture.
- We react rather than act.
So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. (1 Samuel 13:9 ESV)
The leader, Saul, stepped outside of his job description. As king he was NOT supposed to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people. That was the Priest’s job (Samuel). Saul was fearful and was acting in self-preservation rather than trusting in God’s structure and design.
- Has the church confused acting in faith with training?
- Are we comfortable in our Bible studies and Growth Groups (training)?
- Can we engage in these groups for training and encouragement then GO OUT AND ENGAGE the enemy by snatching the lost out of his hands (Reaching the World)?
- We never reach God’s potential for our lives.
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue.” (1 Samuel 13:13, 14a ESV)
It is the destiny of every believer to change the world.
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV)
When we live by faith we..
- Trust God’s power.
Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6 ESV)
..for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.
Jonathan had great faith. He knew that it didn’t matter whether there was one or one thousand soldiers, The Lord will be victorious.
What do you need to trust God with today?
- Act in daring ways.
And the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor-bearer and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you a thing.” And Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Come up after me, for the Lord has given them into the hand of Israel.” Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, and his armor-bearer after him. And they fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed them after him. (1 Samuel 14:12, 13 ESV)
Jonathan led boldly and was victorious. He dared to have faith in God.
- See “God” results.
So the Lord saved Israel that day. And the battle passed beyond Beth-aven. (1 Samuel 14:23 ESV)
Faith is the antidote for fear.
- Where has fear become a cage?
- Where do you need to step out in faith?