We feel it in times of distress, times of uncertainty, times of doubt and times of loneliness. It’s that quick, sudden darkness that seems to close in around your heart and invade your mind. Fear is quick to overcloud your deepest joys and make you forget the positive things in life. It’s that sudden feeling of panic when something happens that you weren’t expecting or that strike of doubt that comes when you worry about your relationships that are so dear to your heart.
But how about this instead.. Fear is a liar. Fear is a sudden moment of doubting faith. Fear is the moment when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and saw the storm that was going on around him. Fear is when Sarah laughed (I imagine, nervously) at Abraham, wondering how in the world she would ever be a Mother at her age based on the promise God had given of a son to her womb. Fear is the moment when I wonder how I’ll ever get where I want to be in ministry. But, again, fear is a liar. In all of these scenarios, those who were afraid had a small moment of doubt in the promises of the Father and it’s only because sometimes our small, human minds can’t possibly understand how God could promise things and come through on them.
So here is our truth for today.
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”.
Hey you, the Christian, did you read that?
You were not given a spirit of fear. Jesus did not go to the cross and endure it’s shame to give us freedom so that we can walk around being fearful of things in life and let that fear cripple us. Instead of listening to the fear and letting it seep into your mind, listen to the promises of God. God tells me to “not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).
This means that I am not to fear.. ever. And in the moment where you feel fear creeping in, trying to steal your joy, speak the scriptures over yourself. God is near to you and will come in to bring you immeasurable peace.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” – Isaiah 43
“Perfect love casts out all fear” – 1 John 4:18
I serve Jesus, whose love can cast out all fear and worry. There is no room for it when you are near to Him.