Some fears are natural and protect us from harm, while other fears originate from confusion and a lack of faith. These unhealthy fears paralyze us and keep us from walking in obedience to God. But God loves us and wants us to live a life free of these seizing fears. "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).
God loves us and wants us to live a life free of these seizing fears.
When people lack confidence in God, they become fearful and confused. Such confusion leads to self-doubt, and we can begin to question what God's Word says is right and wrong in a bid to be accepted by the world. When we become confused over our identity in Christ, fear of rejection and criticism overwhelm our desire to obey God. When we doubt the love and power of God, we begin to lose discernment in choosing the right path. When we are filled with self-doubt, fear of the future, and a desire to please people instead of God, we become vulnerable to spiritual attack and temptation. Fear and a wavering faith will surely cause us to fail, but obedience to God will help us pass the test.
God graciously reveals His love and character to us as we seek Him. As we grow in the knowledge of His unfailing love, our faith is strengthened, and we become bold to speak His Truth. Faith is an expression of our confidence in God and who we are in Christ.
Prayer: Father, I recognize some unhealthy fears in my life. I pray that You would help me to live a life free of these fears. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge" (Proverbs 14:26).
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