When I look back over my life of 52 years, one thing stands out the most. I’ve spent a good share of my life “living in fear.”
I lived in fear of an abusive husband finding me in fear of judgment, having run away, leaving my two children behind. And the fear of what others thought about me. In other words, “fear” consumed my thoughts and held me captive in darkness.
The grace of God has given me the ability to accept Jesus Christ as my savior. And over the years, the Word of God transformed my dysfunctional mind and gave me a new life in Christ.
That “fear” is gone, and “FAITH” in our Creator, God, who loves us, took its place in my heart.
Living in Fear is a Trap
I have learned that “living in fear” is a trap; it’s what the devil or Satan wants us to do. That “living in fear” keeps us away from Jesus Christ, who holds our salvation in his hands.
It keeps us away from the blessings God has for us in this life and eternal life in Christ.
The devil or Satan will stop at nothing to keep you living in the darkness with fear. He will attack you, your family and try his best to destroy your life.
The “ONLY” way to defeat him is to place your trust in Jesus Christ. To walk in the light of Christ every day and trust in God’s good practice to live.
Living in fear kept me from forgiving those who hurt me the most. It kept me from receiving forgiveness from God too.
The Word of God makes it very clear; if you don’t forgive others, God will not forgive you. The day I stepped out in faith and forgave those who hurt me was the day God illuminated and removed the darkness from me.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6: 14-15 KJV
Life will throw a lot of unpleasant things at you. And the devil will stop at nothing to keep you trapped in the darkness with fear.
Walking in Faith
It’s essential to walk in faith, trust in God, and obey his Word every day. We must walk in the light of Christ. And remember, we have all sinned against God. We are all cut from the same sinful cloth.
It doesn’t matter what you make, how popular you are, or what accomplishments you have achieved in life.
To God, we are all the same!
To God, we are all loved equally.
If you live in fear today, please know that Jesus can and will help you when you call out to Him in prayer. He can and will remove the fear from you when you trust Him. You don’t have to be a slave to fear any longer.
Zach Williams – No Longer Slaves (Live from Harding Prison)