Proverbs 8:13
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate. (NKJV)

What Makes You Afraid?

What makes you afraid? Do you run and hide under the covers in a big thunderstorm? Does you stomach lurch when you approach a steep cliff out in the mountains? When you’re late getting home, do you fear what your dad will say, or what privilege he’ll take away? Lots of things can make us afraid.

“Many of us are unaware of it, but we are ambassadors of whatever we allow to control our lives. We might find ourselves controlled by drugs, alcohol, lust, and lying. On the other hand, we could also be controlled by the Lord, with characteristics such as kindness, righteousness, goodness, and love.” (Dr. Edwin Louis Cole)

A person’s life is formed by his decisions and constructed by his words. We can either choose to be ambassadors of the Lord or ambassadors of Satan. If we choose to represent Satan, we are choosing death. Every temptation given in to, every sin, every act of rebellion will ultimately lead to destruction, given enough time and enough repetition. Every temptation resisted, every sin abandoned, every act of rebellion will lead to life, peace, and ultimate joy.

So ask yourself this question today: “What ruling authority do I represent? Who is controlling my life?” If you choose to rebel against God’s standards you are Satan’s faithful ambassador. But, if you determine to make obedience to God your trademark, you can represent him as a powerful representative. You can proclaim his good news and act in his authority wherever you go in the world.