Musings

Lead Courageously (Fear)

You have heard people say, real men don’t cry. Or real men are not afraid of anything.But neither of those is true.
Fear: Is the emotion of alarm in reaction to a perceived danger or threat. The danger may be real (the shadow of a burglar, a rapidly approaching car) or it may be imaginary (a shutter creaking in the breeze, a scary scene in a movie), but the perception is real and defined.

There are dangers that we should fear, but much of what we fear is made up in our minds.
Fear of failure
Fear of conflict
Fear of the unknown

To be a real man, a man who will lead courageously requires overcoming those false fears by trusting God and yielding the results to Him.

With the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown we are simply guessing, playing mind games with ourselves rather than doing what is right and trusting. Don’t let the fear of failure or the unknown keep you from leading courageously-of being adventurous.

As for the fear of conflict–conflict will happen, the longer you avoid it, the worse it becomes. The truth is that our fear of conflict in many ways is a lack of love. We should those we have conflict with enough to invest in a conflict with them for their good and our relationship.

So, I challenge you to put fear aside and be a man–a man of God.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. (ESV)
Hebrews 13:5-6 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (ESV)
2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (ESV)

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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