Faith goes places. Opposition wants such travel stopped. Therefore, a great lure comes at us to dumb down our faith?
Two cousin-words worm their way into our thought formalities; fear and safety. Faith is uniquely about risk. It dares to be confident in results which have yet to be seen. Fear imposes itself through intimidation and even threat. Safety, then, becomes the criteria for life.
Fear and safety both freeze and warm. Odd, don't you think?
Fear freezes our faith by its propaganda to keep one from launching into activity which is, for the most-part, unknown territory. What could go wrong? What might happen? What if...? These are freeze warnings.
Safety, on the other hand, warms the heart. No threat. No risk. No mistakes. It is simply cuddle time in the kingdom of an aggressive God.
All of this can be reduced to one's stand; under law or under Spirit. The law is the great seducer of faith. Mark off the chart of religious duties without touching another person in the form of help; especially the poor. The law can count its responsible deeds and sit back without damage to heart or conscience.
The Spirit, though, will lead us into storm warnings, Don't be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you. Spirit versus law is what one notices about Jesus as he stood in the garden and plead for safety; yet yielded to action.
You are targeted my friend. Really. You are called by the Living and Robust God to go into zones where you might not come out alive unless He quickens you. In these very settings one finds His words true once again, If you lose your life you will find it.