Before starting this post, I would like to say a small prayer with you.
“Thank you, Lord, for creating me, and blessing me with a wonderful life. I also thank you for the assurance I have in you, and for revealing that perfect love casts out fear. We believe in you for releasing us from all the baggage of fear we carry. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”
Have you ever felt something is blocking you from exercising what you really want and demotivates you from following your inner voice? Have you ever heard the feeble voice that whispers to you, “you are not good enough”, and makes you defeated. We all go through stages in our lives where we become the prey of our own fears. Anything that takes away our confidence from the Lord is fear. But the only way to overcome all sorts of fear is through feeling confident and secure in the arms of Jesus Christ.
What is fear?
To treat a disease, a doctor needs the patient history, and sometimes even the medications used, And to know the root cause of fear, we need to present our history and our struggle with the same to the Lord.
Fear can be defined as an anxious concern or the anticipation of danger. And as a Christian, it was a shame for me to say that I was a slave to fear.
Are you a victim of fear?
There is always a thin line between being proud, and being confident. When I was a teenager, I struggled to know, and take a stand between being meek and being confident. Whenever I tried to be a strong lady, I experienced this inner fight and find me taking up a comfortable role being someone meek and polite. I never knew the works of the Holy Spirit then, and later, I realized I was fearing people than God.
The word of God says ” For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14-15)
Now, I realize I became a slave to fear as I intentionally tried to please people more than God. I feared their opinions, disapprovals, and even the rejections. I tried to live in an imperfect world trying to please imperfect people with imperfect opinions. And ultimately rejecting the ways and love of the perfect Lord.
But there is only one we must Fear…
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mathew 10:28)
We need to fear God alone, and in Christ, we are indeed free and no more slaves to anything.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
So if we fear God alone, how should be our dealing with others?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)
If you truly fear the Lord, everything will fall in the right place.
John 16:13 says, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
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Is fearing God alone means disregarding others?
But fearing God means being washed in His divine love and spreading the overflow of this love.
God in His wisdom, has placed authorities above us to obey and to be under subjection.
Attitude towards Parents
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1)
Attitude towards Authority
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13:1)
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Ephesians 5:21-23)
Attitude towards Spiritual Leaders
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. (Hebrews 13:17)
Attitude in Workplace
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. (1 peter 2 :18)
Attitude to everyone
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. (1 peter 2:17)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
If you want to live a happy life, the only way is to find comfort and security in the arms of Jesus. There is no one like Him who loves us and waits for us to come closer to Him. And the only way to live a fearless life is knowing Him, and believing that God loves you, and His eyes are constantly upon you.
The reason for our fears may vary. The root cause may be something that could be hidden in your inner mind which holds you back from everything, and even from trusting God wholeheartedly. You are not alone. There are many people who are traveling with this baggage of fear, which hinders in their spiritual journey.
Do you remember this verse?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:5-8)
So, we cannot live a dual life of FEAR and FAITH. We have to choose one from this, and may God help us to live a life of faith in His divine providence.
May God help us to live a life of faith, rebuking all the negative thoughts, and fears in the name of Jesus Christ. Once again, let us go to the presence of the Holy God through the precious blood of His Son, humble ourselves, and confess our sins.
“For this is what the high and exalted One says– he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15)
Are you ready to live a life of faith? Comment below 🙂