The words 'fear not', 'do not fear' or 'do not be afraid' appear hundreds of times in the Bible, all the way from Genesis to Revelation. Why is that? Because God knows that fear can seem to be such a huge part of the human experience, and how easily and quickly we can go from being settled to fearful.
Writer Michael Ignatieff says: 'Living fearlessly is not the same thing as never being afraid. It's good to be afraid occasionally. Fear is a great teacher. What's not good is living in fear, allowing fear to dictate your choices, allowing fear to define who you are. Living fearlessly means standing up to fear, taking its measure, refusing to let it shape and define your life'.
Don't let fear trash what God's done for you. Don't let fear barge in on the freedom you have in Christ. The good news is, if you're living in Him, fear will never be able to get a proper foothold! Through the knowledge that we have a Father that cares for us always, God unhooks fear's talon-like grasp on the human soul.
So what now? Read through Michael Ignatieff's words again and highlight any part that resonates with your own experiences. Pray about it!
SoulFood: 1 Chr 3:1 - 4:23, Luke 11:29-44, Ps 78:65-72, Pr 20:11-14
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd