|'THE SPIRIT OF FEAR BECOMES
A COWARD IN THE FACE OF 'FAITH' IN THE CHRIST/HIS
|The end of year swimming
carnival had arrived 2.12.2008 and brother Shadrach Paul
was required to swim, compete in freestyle, backstroke,
breaststroke and relay events and he was afraid.
Brother Shadrach unfortunately had a bad experience in a
friends swimming pool prior to his fifth birthday and
became afraid of water as of that day, it was a nasty
event indeed, a little sad too.
However, by the grace of the only wise God/Jesus the
Christ, faith, prayer and a good swimming teacher
brother Shadrach overcame his fear and the spirit of
'fear of water' ceased harassing him.
But it didn't end there. As brother went on
'the spirit of the fear of the depth of water' came to
The day before the carnival brother Shadrach came to me
and told me how great the fear was that he had of the
deep end of the pool. As we talked I reflected on my
childhood and the great feats my brother and I and our
mates were involved in as adventurous and even wild
children including my experience of nearly drowning in a
murky dark deep creek. But this fell short......click.
Although I pushed my fear of water and drowning aside
brother Shadrach's was a different case (and he is not
me and never will be). So I asked brother Shadrach one
question "How deep is your love for Jesus......is it
deeper than this water you are afraid of?......his
reply was a spontaneous ....Yes!
So I said to him, "brother, it's time for you to take
control in Jesus name....stand on the starting blocks
and say within, 'in the name of Jesus bring it on"!!!and
Racing in all events while running a 2nd in the
freestyle and his Relay/Team taking first place in their
event....man alive!!!!!....glory bound.
Although his darling mum with her maternal instincts was
seated alongside of the pool and offered brother
Shadrach a seat with her if he wasn't up to it, his
reply was a bold....."Thanks mum but I can do this"!
And he did, praise God/Jesus!!!!...there was great and
exceeding joy, joy unspeakable as we sat as a family and
watched the video of brother Shadrach cutting up the
water, like a paddle steamer in holiday season.
Fear becomes a coward in the face of faith in the
Christ, as for sister Hannah Lyn well, she throws
herself at the water every time we hit the surf....Amen
● Shadrach Paul's
Paul Marshall John Sheehan