The quote above is generally attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Whether he actually said it is a matter of debate, but we’ll go with general consensus. There’s a lot of truth to that. What we find within us, more often than we’d like to admit, is fear.
Fear of what was…
Fear of what is…
Fear of what could be.
BUT, fear doesn’t take up the majority of what is within us.
It’s like the really vocal minority that seems to get their way against what popular opinion seeks. Do you know what I mean? Lots of times, the disgruntled minority in any situation becomes so loud, they overpower the voices of the strong, the patient, the majority. And that’s what fear does to our hearts. We give fear a microphone and a loud speaker while trying to keep the Spirit of power, love, and self-control down to a whisper - partly because we know if that vast majority ever really takes over, BIG, SCARY, AMAZING, COOL, AWESOME things will happen, and we don’t know if we’re ready for it… we allow fear to drive us.
But there’s this small Bible verse… tucked away toward the end of the Bible that says this. “…for He who is in you is GREATER than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b)
That Greek word used for “Greater” is this - μέγας “megas"
It means “GREAT, POWERFUL, HIGHLY INTENSE, EXCELLENT, SPLENDID, STATELY, SPACIOUS, ABUNDANT”
To us, it should mean this - all we’ll ever need to overcome whatever lies behind and whatever lies ahead.
Some of our paths that we’ve been through are filled with pitfalls, potholes, swerves, sharp gravel, mountains and valleys.
And some of our paths that we’re headed towards are filled with the same.
That. Doesn’t. Matter.
Because, for those who follow Jesus, what Mr. Emerson said is true. Jesus can and will work miracles in us and through us for His glory and our good. Many of us have seen it, and long for it again.
Some want to experience it, but are still giving fear the microphone.
Silence the fear.
Allow He who is in you to drive. to lead. to steer. to control…
and then you’ll see the miracles of He who is in you - because He’s greater!!!