Do Not Be Afraid


But now... listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel,

the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are mine.”

- Isaiah 43:1 (NLT)

What is your biggest fear? This question comes up a lot as an “icebreaker” amongst friends. We answer with things like spiders, snakes, needles etc., but let’s go deeper than that for a second. What is your BIGGEST fear? A few weeks ago a pastor asked me that, and he told me to be as honest as possible. After thinking for a few seconds, the first thing that popped into my head was abandonment, so that’s what I told him. Woah! I had just admitted that out loud and I don’t think I’d ever said that before. That fear had a hold on me that I didn’t even realize because as soon as I said it I felt a sense of freedom. I had been held captive by those chains for too long, and just being asked that question and answering honestly started a process of healing like I can’t describe.

FEAR. I think each of us has it and we experience it daily, whether it be something small or something bigger than we care to explain. The way we experience it and respond to it is different but it is a paralyzing feeling, and I don’t know about you, but I prefer to avoid it at all costs.

Your story, my story, they all have significant value in forming us to be who we are, but I firmly believe that no matter our story, at one point or another we are all “victims” of fear. It is a daily battlefield and it feels like, no matter what, we can’t run from it. I’ve fought in that battle year after year for as long as I can remember, and my heart sinks when I think of all the time I’ve wasted the past few years and all the peace I’ve forfeited because I wallowed in that muddy and terror-filled battlefield. But just like any other sin, we find freedom from its chains in Jesus Christ.

When we focus on fear we miss the promises that God has so perfectly laid out for us. He has broken every chain of our past and set us free in His truth. There are over 400 verses in the Bible about fear. Sister, that is more than one verse for every day of the year filled with truth of how to fight our fears.

Here are just a few:

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6

Fear not, for I am with you;be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” - Romans 8:15

God has set us free from fear and given us truths of who we really are in Him. He is our Father, He has ransomed us, He calls us His, and He sacrificed for us.

No matter your story, I want you to remember these things today. Speak these truths out loud over your life because there is nothing to fear, for the One who conquered the grave is watching over you!

Reflection

1. Ask yourself (and answer honestly): What is my BIGGEST fear? Do I focus on my fear? Does it control the decision I make day to day?

2. What specific truths has God shown you specifically in His Word that remind you that you are set free from fear?

3. Challenge: Memorize a verse on fear that speaks to you and helps you fight it daily.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You are so much bigger than my fears. The big ones, the small ones, I give them to You. This fear that I am letting rule over me is not of You, and I pray that you give me the strength to fight it daily. I know that no matter what, You are with me and I thank You for that. Help me to choose freedom in You over fear because You are greater. I love You.

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