by Stan Coffey

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Fear of Commitment (3 of 7)
Stan Coffey

We are in a study on fear. It is called "Know Fear". A little bit different study than what we have been doing. Instead of using outlines, we are using a little book. There is devotion for you to read each day for forty days. We are on day fourteen today and as you read this devotion each day it relates to the fears that we deal with in our lives. As we begin today, we are going to be talking about the "Fear Of Commitment." There are all kinds of commitments that we make in life. Commitments to our marriage, commitment to children, commitments that we make in business, all kinds of commitments. We have a fear of commitments. There is an old Gene Autry song, "don't fence me in." That dates me but you know what I mean when I say don't fence me in, it means don't limit me, don't make me make a commitment. I want to keep my options open.

And in our modern culture our young people really don't want to make commitments. They want to keep their options open. So that is the kind of culture in which we live. We live in a culture of no commitment. Commitment means pledging your self to a position no matter what the price tag. Pledging your self to a stance no matter what the cost.

We have a fear of making that kind of a commitment, making a commitment that is open ended. Saying I am going to do this, I am committed to this course of action no matter where it takes me, no matter what it costs me. I am committed to this. That is the way a commitment to Christ is. When you make a commitment to Christ it is what we call an open-ended commitment. I am committed to follow Christ wherever He takes me.

There is an old hymn that says, "Wherever He leads I will go." Lord I don't know what you want me to do, whatever it is, I will do it. Sometimes, we make a commitment to a football team. Most of the people in this area of the country are committed to the Cowboys. And in recent years it ...

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