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Monday, June 13th, 2011

Fear is not what makes you a coward.  Fear exists in courage as well as cowardice.

Cowardice comes from a loss of identity–misunderstanding who you are and what your role is in God’s plan.

Ernest Hemingway said, “Cowardice…is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.”  A person is a coward when his imagination runs wild and blinds him to reality.  He makes wrong choices because he is so scared of fiction that he can’t see the truth.

Cowardice is not one of those sins we discuss much, but the Bible teaches that cowards are first in line to the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (Rev. 21:8).  The reason why God is so hard on cowards is that cowardice is indicative of a heart that is more afraid of its own shadow than him.  Cowards are the worst offenders because they convince themselves that the physical illusion is more dangerous than the true spiritual threat.