By: Loren Due, Ph.D.
What a place to be in life; fearful, afraid and unbelieving! Just downright scarred! So many find themselves in that place of fear, scarred and doubt. This is a place many Christians find themselves without true help to bring them to the place of growth and development in Christ Jesus. You would not think followers of Jesus would have fear, doubt and unbelieve in their life. Especially with all the scriptures that speak of having faith and not fearful.
As we start this article we could reference the scripture that addresses the issue of going to church on a regular basis as found in Hebrews 10:25 (AMP) 25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. By referencing this scripture some will say that regular attendance in church is the problem why so many find themselves in fear, scarred and doubt.
Regular attendance would definitely be part of the solution but not the complete answer. It is so easy to jump to conclusions! Why people jump to conclusions is one of those quirks of human kind. It is the characteristic of someone who decides not to really understand what is happening. Typically a conclusion jumper is more than likely a shallow person who looks for the easy answer or solution. Oftentimes the easy solution is not the exact reason for the problem and people that listen to people who jump to conclusions find themselves in more trouble than necessary.
There truly are no free lunches! I have heard many preachers say that you need to be in church more. They make it sound like being in church a lot is going to save you. We are saved by grace and not by works according to the scripture Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Too many pastors and others want to make it about attendance (works); it is not about us trying to show we are saved by going to church every time the church doors open. For what I have seen over sixty (60) years many people that go to church act carnal as those that may never go inside a church building.
For followers of Christ the complete answer lies in getting to the core of the issue – FAITH. The real issue is not how often you go to church or to your local fellowship, but how do you use your faith. We have seen in Christian counseling people with reality check(s) come to the clarity that it takes faith to receive deliverance, healing and change. The idea of having faith as the theme for an organization in this day and time when so many have surrendered their faith for funds.
We live in a time where many of our old-fashion values are no longer embraced even by some Christians. For a young organization of young people who are associated with AAU Teen Talk and the Johnson Foundation this theme is admirably. It is something that all should embrace and incorporate in our daily lives. The ability to develop strong faith is a goal achievable by those who learn how to explicitly trust the Lord. The theme Fierceless Fearless Faith has an interesting definition.
The word Fierceless is not even a word that you would find in the latest modern dictionary but is the combination of the word fierce and less combine to create a word that more than likely one day will be added to the dictionary of colloquial phrases. Fierceless is a colloquial phrase coined by Prophetess Chevonna Johnson and used in the title of this article. One definition of Fierceless found on the internet is “Used to describe someone/something that just sayin’ not fierce. Meant to be said in ghetto accent! It is the opposite of fierce!” Some would want the word to be “Fierce Fearless Faith,” but we will stick with the fervor of the Prophetess Chevonna Johnson’s Fierceless Fearless Faith.
Fearless is straight forward to define because it relates to being strong will, heart of gold and without intimidation. There was a saying a few years back “NO FEAR,” that is what fearless means. That same kind of attitude should be exuded by people who have no fear. They do not doubt or fear no matter what.
Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something is a definition used in the common vernacular. However, the definition found in the Holy Bible defines faith this way: Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. It is neat that the Holy Bible defines itself by one of its scriptures. We see in the Holy Bible definition the phrase “Faith is the confidence,” we must understand that confidence is like the anchor of a ship that when it is dropped to the water no matter what the ship will not move. We must have that kind of faith in us that the situation will be done because we believe.
There are many scriptures on faith in the Holy Bible which we could reference but we will not, however, we will focus on the intent of the author to instill in the youth and those who follow AAU Teen Talk how significant it is to practice and live with Fierceless Fearless Faith. One of the examples used from the Holy Bible is young David the soon to be king who was 12 – 15 years old when he faced the giant Goliath. The story in 1 Samuel 17 illustrates that David as young lad appeared naïve, but when he spoke he had his trust in the Lord from his prior conquest of killing the lion and the bear. He told Goliath I will kill you in the name of the Lord. 12 – 15 years old was David when he performed the work of a seasoned warrior. He had explicit faith in God.
Another very special group that had the Fierceless Fearless Faith is the Three Hebrews boys found in Daniel 3:16-17 (KJV) 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. Their response to Nebuchadnezzar lets you know that they had what it takes to pass the test of true faith. The result of their faith: Daniel 3:22-25 (KJV) 22 Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Undeniable Fierceless Fearless Faith was found in the three Hebrew boys.
The real question is do you have Fierceless Fearless Faith to endure your test, trials and tribulation no matter how difficult it may seem. Are you willing to endure hardness as a good soldier and exercise your faith to see you through? You may be saying to yourself, how do you get that kind of faith? First you must acknowledge you have a measure of faith as found in
Romans 12:3 (KJV) 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Once you acknowledge what you have that was given to each of us by God then you learn how to fast, pray and study Gods’ word so when the test, trials and tribulation come you can exhibit Fierceless Fearless Faith.
Do you have strong faith?