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No More Living in Fear!

By Scott, Delve Christian Ministries
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"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" 1 John 4:18

Living in fear is not how you were meant to be living your life. When God created you, he made you out of love. But something happens to all of us, and the devil attacks us with fear. He makes us slaves to fear, to the point where we are either cowering or fleeing, and never really living. But is that what God intends our life to be like? Absolutely not! He wants us to live a life that is defined by his love, not fear.

There are many things in this world to be afraid of. Failure. Pain. Suffering. Loss. Embarrassment. Punishment. Rejection. Condemnation. Death. None of these things are to be taken lightly, but none of them should characterize our lives. The results of living in fear are all too clear - worry, stress, anxiety, isolation, depression, despair, hopelessness. Some even take their own lives in an attempt to escape to end the pain of living in fear. It is a truly deadly weapon that the enemy has, and he is a master of using it. Fear is never from God. As Paul writes,

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15-16)

God is our Father, and he never wants his kids to live in fear. He sets us free from slavery to fear and makes us his children, adopting us into his family so that we no longer have to fear anything. And if you fear that you might not be one of God's kids, just ask him, and listen. The Holy Spirit will confirm it in our own hearts softly, if you let him speak.

Let's look at it from a different angle. You may remember the words of Jesus when he said,

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Luke 12:4-7)

Jesus here is telling us not to fear man, or anything else in this world. He is telling us not to fear anything that the devil throws at us. Instead, he is telling us to fear God - but the type of fear is different here. When we're living in fear of other things, it often involves terror, despair, and horror. We truly fear for ourselves. When we are told to fear God however, we are not being told to be afraid. We are being told to revere God, to give him honour and respect, and take him seriously. When we do, however, we find a God that just can't wait to pour out love on us. We don't have anything to be afraid of.

So, be confident! It isn't sinful, because our confidence is found in God. When we focus on him, suddenly our problems seem much smaller. When we know that we are God's sons and daughters, we know that we have nothing in this world that could ever overcome us. God himself is on our side. He doesn't reject us. He doesn't hate us. He loves us, and he wants us to live our lives to the fullest. Fear keeps that from happening, but our God is much bigger than any fear that the devil can come up with!

The Lord is my light and my salvation
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)

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I never thought of fear as bringing anxiety and depression. That is very true. Great devotional!
1/14/2013 8:40:06 AM - Psalm91, Member of Delve into Jesus since 9/12/2012

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