When my pastor Stephen Mukulu read from Revelation 21:8 during his Sunday sermon, there was an audible gasp and murmur from the congregation, as the Bible revealed yet another interesting mystery.
That scripture says: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Chei! So fear and unbelief can land you in the raging fire of hell, bundled together with murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, liars, idolaters and the abominable?
I don’t know why I did not know that, but I did not know that God lumps fear and unbelief with such grave sins. And from the gasps in church on Sunday, I was not alone. See, fear and unbelief are common emotions for me.
Some situations strike, and my first go-to emotion is fear. And then, God gives me some promises, and my first go-to emotion is unbelief, because sometimes, His promises can be too big for me to wrap my head around them.
But to imagine that should my life’s fuse blow out today – God forbid – without me having handled those two emotions and put them where they belong, I would be headed to hell?! Hell no! I have been very deliberate since Sunday about kicking fear and unbelief out of my life.
These sound like innocent enough emotions – even natural ones – but God abhors them; for example, fear is the opposite of faith. And the Bible is clear in Hebrews 11 that without faith it is impossible to please God.
It now makes sense; if I live in fear – fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of what should be afraid of me – then that directly translates to a lack of faith, and thus being on the wrong side with God.
I always say, God’s standards are really high, and it never ceases to amaze me how much we are supposed to live up to those standards. My friend, if you are the cowardly kind, repent and start walking in boldness. No matter what comes your way, start telling those storms about your omnipotent God as opposed to fearfully lamenting to God about the storms. After all, He sees everything.
As for unbelief… oh help me Lord and forgive my unbelief!
I cannot fathom landing in hell for what I thought were casual, natural reactions to distress, and find myself there with child molesters, serial killers, sorcerers, thieves…!
No way; fear has to flee.