Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Fear Factor


1 Samuel 17:45
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
 (From “The Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns.)

K.G. Wilson had been involved in drugs and gangs in Chicago. Then he came to Minneapolis where, eventually, he spent three months sleeping on a park bench praying that the Lord would let him die.

Then one morning, when he had not eaten for three days, he woke up, looked up into the clouds, and heard the Lord tell him he had work for him to do.

KG Wilson spent the next eight years holding prayer vigils for the families and friends of people killed in street violence. He worked for an end to the violence and the shootings, praying and speaking the word of the Lord.

On July 15, he quit.

He said he was tired of the greed of groups who “really didn’t want a solution” but were more interested in competing for funding to “stick a ban aid on the problem.”

On July 21, he came back—and was ridiculed.

Now, the news media never reported what KG thought the real solution was. But I know that at one time, he organized an event to bring 100 ministers and lay people into North Minneapolis to pray.

North Minneapolis is where a bullet came through the wall of a home and killed a five year-old child sleeping on a couch earlier this year. At the time of this writing, Nizzel George is among 17 killed in Minneapolis in 2012—and by the time you read this, it will almost certainly be more.

When I heard the story of KG Wilson, I wanted to contact him and offer prayer and help.

Then it came and it crippled me.

Fear.

Dark, incapacitating fear that said, “You can’t.” Fear that I would be laughed at, spit on, beaten, or even killed. Fear that they wouldn’t want my help, and even if they did, it wouldn’t do any good.

Those lies (and they are lies) are exactly the thing that cripple us as Christians. I can see the adversary trying to speak those very same lies to Jesus as He prayed in Gethsemane.

So fellow Christian, how do you overcome the giants in your life that mock God when all you have is a sling and five smooth stones?  How could we, who might as well be from a different planet, cause the love of Jesus to change the culture of gangs and violence in places like North Minneapolis?

Today' s blog post by Dan Jones 

Today’s Praise
2 Timothy 4:18  The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

3 comments:

Christina Kalman said...

I overcome fear by trusting in God, and knowing that He will deliver me from all of my fears. I fear Him more than any of my fears, because he died for all of my fears. I can face any giant when He is there to help me to throw the stones at them.

Dan Jones said...

Well said, Christina. Glory to God!

MINISTER K.G WILSON said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SEEING MY VISION OF STRUGGLE BUT HOPE OVER AND OVER AGAN, I CAME BACK CAUSE I CARRY THE TORCH OF HOPE ,NO-ONE ELSE WANTS TO BRING INTO THE DANGEROUS JUNGLES OF THE MPLS HOODS !