the gift of living without fear.
What are you afraid of?
Heights? Drowning? Fire? That you might receive the news that your body has been consumed with cancer? The homeless man walking towards your car in a dark parking lot? Someone kidnapping your child at the park? That your husband might get into a car accident? Second-hand smoke? Being alone all your life?
If you search for words with the root word “phobia” in it, you will find hundreds! This means there are literally hundreds of things people are afraid of. And some people have a combination of multiple fears. I grew up with a phobia of strangers. I was taught to lock my car door if I ever saw a homeless man at the stoplight. I was taught to lock my front door. I was taught to not talk to strangers. I was afraid of strangers. I was afraid that a stranger would break into my room in the middle of the night.
(Also, I have a fear of spiders. But that is legit. Maybe I’ll call it a disgust for spiders instead.)
I am grateful that the Lord intervened and has slowly weaned me away from all of my unwarranted fears. He has taught me to smile at the homeless man on the corner, to love him, and to have a conversation with him. He has taught me not to be afraid of illness. He has taught me to have an open door to strangers.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t believe I have seen anywhere in scripture that I should be afraid of the things in this world.
You know what is NOT from God? Fear of evil.
That is solely from Satan. The only fear of evil we should have is that Satan could potentially lure us to partake in it.
You know what IS from God? Courage. Boldness. Risk. Braveness.
Listen to Paul here.
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:31-39
If that does not give you the courage to live fearlessly, I don’t know what will. I am 100% confident that no stranger breaking into my home, no form of cancer, no car accident, nothing will keep me from Christ. I have been given the privilege to rest in who He is and to trust Him. My God is FOR me. And if you have the mightiest God with you, who CAN be against you? So many followers of Christ in scripture experienced much worse than I ever have. They were persecuted for their faith, killed, afflicted, perplexed, and struck down. YET they were still courageous, bold, brave, and they spread that gospel like nobody’s business.
I so desperately want to be among those great men and women that stood up for the gospel without any fear.
I want to live with peace in my heart that I am always with the Prince of Peace. I want to live with the knowledge that if someone brings me harm, I am still with a God who cannot be shaken. I want to live in the freedom Christ has set me free for.
I want to live. I want to live. I will live.