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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fear

     Fear is a formidable foe. It is subtle and quiet, remaining hidden until the moment is right. When we are tested, fears can appear that we never even knew we had. What a lot of people don't realize though, is that if it is not dealt with correctly, fear can become as much of a sin as anger, hatred or lust can. I've never considered myself to be an especially fearful person, but lately, there has been one fear in particular that is worming it's way into my thoughts. It can be triggered by something as seemingly innocent as a book, a movie or a photograph. I've experienced first-hand how paralyzing it can be, and it doesn't come alone. It brings with it doubts, anger and even despair.
     As with any sin, we can't fight it on our own. We aren't smart enough or strong enough to deal with it. Who has the power and benevolent desire to conquer this adversary that devours us from within? God does. He not only can but He will if you ask Him. If you are a Christian, God wants you to grow in holiness. His ultimate goal is for us to become like Him, but He knows we can't do it on our own. He is the only one who can truly relieve us of fear and fill our hearts with peace.
     The opposite of fear is trust, so if we want to rid ourselves of fear we must put our trust in God. Remember, He knows what He's doing and has a plan for us.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. --Romans 8:15