“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.” Romans 8:15
“DADDY!” I heard it come from the other room. It felt like I got to the other side of our house where the scream originated from in about one second flat. I enter the room to a crying four year old who tells me he is scared… of the dark. Instantly, l turn into super dad and replaced the light bulb which had burned out in his night light that was in his room. Problem was solved. Fear was conquered. “Dad of the Year” award was all but a guarantee.
I wish we could all conquer fears like we do with our small children. Afraid of the dark, we plug in a night light. Usually when it comes to the fears of a child, it doesn’t take much to conquer them. Not so for adults. Our fears are different. Our fears seem much bigger, more serious and at times all that we seem to focus on.
Sometimes we are in fear of uncertainties. Fear of the future that seems unclear. Fear of dying. Fear of being sick. Fear of losing someone close. Fear of being made fun of. Fear of doing the right thing and being seen as some “freak” for standing up for what is right. Fear of failing. Fear of losing a job. Fear of never finding a job. Fear is not just something we face in our lives, but it's also something that can have a real impact on us.
Fear can be very troublesome. It can cause us to do things that, if under normal circumstances, we would not ever do. Fear can cause us to doubt God and His plan for us. Fear can cause us to give up because the circumstances or situation seem unwinnable or too difficult. Fear can cause us to want to take over control of a situation instead of allowing God to work through His plan. Fear can cause us to think we need to lie to cover things up because the consequences or pending results seem unbearable. Fear messes our lives up.
Believe it or not, the Bible talks a lot about living in fear and how it is not necessary. You see, for believers we have something on our side that conquers all fears known to man. His name is JESUS. In Romans 8:15, 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.”” Because of Jesus, we have a relationship with the Almighty, All-powerful, and wonderful God. Because of Jesus, we have someone who intercedes on our behalf to God. Because of Jesus, we can have a new life, one where we are not known by our sins and failures, but instead by the victories and power of Christ our Lord. I love how Paul reminds us that because of Jesus that God, our Daddy, our Abba Father is right there for us in our time of need when we are paralyzed by our greatest fears. Our fears do not frighten Him. Our fears do not keep God up at night. God is not biting His fingernails wondering how this situation is going to pan out. He is God and He has conquered it all. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” God conquered the world and true peace is only found IN His Son Jesus Christ. We are His sons and daughters and He is there for us in our times of need.
So, if you find yourself in fear, take heart that God, your Father has conquered them all. And He is intimately aware of the fears you feel, but He himself is not afraid at all. He is standing in full confidence and assurance that these fears will not defeat you. All you have to do is to stand behind Him and let God lead you through the trials and fears in life that we were never meant for us to face alone, because He has already conquered them.
Some fears need night lights; for all others, depend on God to get you through.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the gift of Your Son and that through Him, we can live in peace without fear. Give us Your strength to look at the fears we have in our lives and to see them as they truly are. Help us see them as things that You have already conquered and not as things that will destroy us. Amen.
Posted on Tue, February 28, 2012
by Doug Story