Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Faith over fear

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 8:15
Fear is a cruel master. Like a bad dream, fear imagines scary situations that never take place. The fears in our mind can seem so real that we stress over, even obsess over them. Recently, I became fearful of a worse case scenario at work. It caused a loss of confidence as well as sleep. Finally, somewhat perturbed, I began to quietly reflect, remind, and remember how God is in control and because nothing takes Him by surprise there is no need for me to worry. In His script, His perfect love casts out all phobias. We are not slaves to fear, but disciples and servants to Jesus.  The love of God is much larger than life’s momentary anxieties. His love converts fear into faith.
The Holy Spirit reminds us of our position: we are a child of God. The Lord adopted us as His daughters and sons. The Spirit gives us life to live for Christ. In His power we are able to produce positive and lasting results. The Spirit allows us to put to death the deeds of the flesh (see Romans 6) that facilitate fear. As we yield to the Spirit, He uses us for His purposes. Similar to a gifted teacher, the Holy Spirit instructs us in truth to combat the lies we lived before Christ. He leads us as adopted children. Fear has no place for a child cared for by Jesus  (See Roman 8:14).
What do you fear? Confronting a co-worker? Confessing a hidden sin to your spouse or loved one? A new school? A new job? A new relationship? A new responsibility? A health issue or lack of finances? Whatever you fear, ask the Holy Spirit to lovingly convert your fears into faith. Trust, when you have done the right thing, it will be what’s right for everyone involved. Do not dread someone or something you have no control over, instead trust the Spirit to accomplish the appropriate outcome. Fear holds onto pseudo control. Faith hands over all control to the Lord and His sovereignty.
You are a child of God and no longer a slave to fear. You have been released from the fetters of trepidation and freed to trust Jesus. Your ball and chain of dread has been removed by the grace of God. Once you cowered in a corner of shame, but now you have come clean and placed your confidence in Christ. Your Lord’s perfect love has replaced your pesky fears. Fear acts like a malaria carrying mosquito, only to discover the blood of Christ in your spiritual veins. Fear wants you back in bondage, but God’s love sets you free. Cry Abba, Father and fear not.

Our prayer:  Father I recognize that at times I become fearful because of the trials and tribulations of life.  When these times comes instead of worrying Holy Spirit nudge me to spend time in prayer releasing all my care and burdens unto the Lord, as His yoke is easy and His burdens made light.  Amen.

Pastor Todd A. Brown
First Baptist of Chesterbrook
and Independent Travel Agent "Travel by Todd"

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