Several generations ago, during one of the most turbulent of the desert wars in the Middle East, a spy was captured and sentenced to death by a general of the Persian army. The general, a man of intelligence and compassion, had adopted a strange and unusual custom in such cases. He permitted the condemned person to make a choice. The prisoner could either face a firing squad or pass through the Black Door.
As the moment of the execution drew near, the general ordered the spy to be brought before him for a short, final interview, the primary purpose of which was to receive the answer of the doomed man to the query: “What shall it be-the firing squad or the Black Door?”
This was not an easy decision, and the prisoner hesitated, but soon made it known that he much preferred the firing squad to the unknown horrors that might await him behind the ominous and mysterious door. Not long thereafter, a volley of shots in the courtyard announced that the grim sentence had been fulfilled.
The general, staring at his boots, turned to his aide and said, “You see how it is with men; they will always prefer the known to the unknown. It is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined. Yet I gave him his choice.”
“What lies beyond the Black Door?” asked the aide.
“Freedom,” replied the general, “and I’ve known only a few brave enough to take it.”
TRUTH IN THE STORY: FEAR CAN REALLY HINDER YOUR FUTURE!!!
- WE MUST LEARN TO LOVE GOD: WE LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.
1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
TO EXPERIENCE IN FULL THE LOVE OF GOD IS TO FEEL THE DEEPEST SECURITY IN YOUR HEART, MIND & SOUL & STRENGTH.