Monday, August 23, 2010

There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)
(31) What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (33) Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. (34) Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (36) As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." (37) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I've been thinking about fear a lot lately. Fear of anything, not just death or lonliness or the more common 'big' fears that people have. I'm talking about fear of spiders, snakes, bumps in the night or just the dark. I'm talking about walking down a dark alley at night by yourself, not concerned whether or not someone will jump from behind the next corner and steal your purse or even worse. I'm talking about any and all fear, no matter how big or how small.

All fears can be conquered. All fears SHOULD be conquered. What an amazing and huge realization is that? I can't tell you the amount of times that I've read or heard this verse. Romans 8: 31 'If God be for us, who can be against us?'

But it's never meant so much before. It's never hit home like it has lately. I can do ANYTHING through my all powerful God. He will never leave my side. He will never fail to keep me safe. If something horrible happens to me, it is at my own lack of faith in Him. I can walk without fear in a world full of danger. I can stare fear in the face and only grin because my safety is in the hands of someone much more powerful than fear. I am just in awe of that fact.

If only we could all grasp the realization of the truth in those words. We would live such a peaceful lifestyle, without the fear of bankruptcy, death, lonliness...and yes, even spiders. Wow, what an amazing God we are blessed to serve.

1 comment:

  1. Nearly matches a family discussion we had Sunday afternoon, Jenn! SOOOO true! We are never promised an easy ride or a free pass - but we ARE promised that we will NEVER be alone, abandoned, nor forgotten. Powerful! :)

    ~Brandy, who is too lazy to make a profile LOL!


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