“Conflicts Within Fears Without

There is a song that is often sung during what’s known as “The Invitation” time in worship. It’s been around for years. I believe it was sung during every Invitation given during Billy Graham crusades. The song is “Just As I Am.”
The third verse of that song reads;
“Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt.
Fightings within, fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”
Focus on the words… “fightings within… fears without…”
The hymn writer was probably inspired by the apostle Paul’s words in II Corinthians 7:5 when he wrote those words… As Paul wrote to the church at Corinth he said that he was struggling with “fightings within… fears without.”
Most of us have had the same kind of struggle… “fightings within… .fears without.”
“Fightings within”… it comes from the inner conflict that Christians experience. When we give our lives to Christ, we are saved from the penalty of sin, meaning death and hell. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t struggle. Our old sin nature still exists. We still battle the flesh in our lives. We know what we should do as Christians but, doing it isn’t always easy. We experience fightings within.
“Fears without..” Most, if not all of us have experienced fear. Maybe it’s the fear of will God provide? We want to tithe… but we are afraid… We want to trust God but our hearts are filled with fear.
Maybe we want to witness to someone but fear keeps us from doing it. We are afraid of rejection.
So, when the hymn “Just As I Am” was written, the writer of the hymn was transparent… He said I am experiencing, “fightings within… fears without.”
Maybe you are experiencing the same.
So what do you do if you are experiencing this? In verse six, Paul says…”But God who comforts the depressed comforted us by the coming of Titus.”
God may use someone to encourage.. to comfort you… to counsel you.. as you experience “conflicts within… fears without..”
If you are experiencing that, it’s normal. It’s part of the Christian life and God promises to walk us through it.

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