Iconicfury On June - 29 - 2013


A few years ago I had the privilege of attending an Evangelism Boot Camp in Los Angeles. Hundreds of people came and we spend many hours walking the streets a witnessing to totally strangers. It was a very challenging time for me. I went to this Boot Camp because I deeply desired to do God’s will but I struggled with a major problem. I discovered that fear was the number one barrier to my personal evangelism. Fears are real and imaginary, small and huge, have merit and are unfounded. Fear comes in many shades of colors, both bold and subtle. Maybe you feel the same way I did and if so I would ask you one question.

What Are You Afraid of?

Not all fears express themselves in the same manner. There are several different manifestations of fear.

  • Rejection.
  • Failure.
  • Loss of Relationship.
  • Lack of Knowledge.

If any of these are on your list I want to give you 5 ways to overcome your fear of witnessing.

Fear in its simplest form is a temporary loss of perspective. It is easy to focus on how someone might respond to me. It is also easy to forget how much people need the Lord and how much Christ desires a relationship with lost persons. How are we to respond to our own fears?

(1)    Recognize that fear is natural, although we are seeking to live in the power of the supernatural.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Courage is not the absence of fear but doing the very thing that you fear.”

(2)    We can recognize that fear is not from God but a tool of Satan.

We do battle against the forces of hell when we share our faith. When fear comes, acknowledge it and claim victory over it in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    (3)    Love will disperse fear.

Paul told young Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:7 NIV) And John wrote, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John NIV) Fear is dispersed when we love someone who is lost and headed for a Christ-less eternity.

(4)     Fear should drive us to a greater dependence on God.

Remember, evangelism is about God, who chooses to use us. Reliance upon the Holy Spirit in prayer is always the position to maintain. We are never stronger than when we have bowed our spirits in dependence upon God to do what we cannot.

(5)    Fear should increase our desire to become more skilled in sharing Christ.

Many of you know my daughter Hannah. She is a perfectionist and has a drive to get it right the first time and it helps her. However, it creates frustration when she is learning a new skill. She wants to be perfect the first time. Last year as her coach I tried to teach her the importance of practice and repeated drills to perfect the skill of hitting that ball. Several times when she was having difficulty she wanted to quit. Thankfully, she heeded my advice that what she really needed was patience with herself. With repeated practice she got a lot better by the end of the season.

So in closing remember that fear can be used to drive us to develop sensitivities and skills in sharing the greatest story ever told, The Gospel of Salvation!

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