Wednesday, August 6, 2014

If fear is optional, are YOU choosing it?

Last year, Associated Press reporter Kirsten Grieshaber told the story of 95-year-old Margot Woelk, one of Hitler's 15 food tasters during his stays at the infamous Wolf's Lair (Hitler's command center in what is now Poland), who had decided to purge her conscience. Plagued by decades of guilt and shame, Margot is now telling her story --- a story she hid from even her husband and closest friends ...

"Woelk says her association with Hitler began after she fled Berlin to escape Allied air attacks. With her husband gone and serving in the German army, she moved in with relatives ... in Rastenburg, then part of Germany ... it became Poland after the war.

"There she was drafted into civilian service and assigned for the next two and a half years as a food taster and kitchen bookkeeper at the Wolf's Lair complex, located a few miles outside the town.

"'The food was delicious, only the best vegetables, asparagus, bell peppers, everything you can imagine. And always with a side of rice or pasta,' she recalled. 'But this constant fear --- we knew of all those poisoning rumors and could never enjoy the food. Every day we feared it was going to be our last meal'."

Imagine, all that delicious food readily available, yet too afraid to enjoy it.

A lot of people live life similar to the way Margot used to. God offers us all this delicious life, there just to be lived fully, but we're too afraid to do so. We allow fear to starve us from fully tasting Christ, and the fullness and wholeness of life He offers us.

Just imagine if you could live this life Christ offers without fear.

You can!

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline," 2 Timothy 1:7.

Fear doesn't come with God, so if it's in your life, dear Christian, you can toss it away, it doesn't belong there!

Would you rather live a life wracked by fear, or would you prefer a life of power, love, and self-discipline?

Sin offers you the first option, God provides you with the second. Now which one are you really living?

"Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!" Psalm 34:8.

Scotty

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