Try to picture, if you can, a scene from Genesis 3: Adam, dressed in a handmade loincloth of scratchy fig leaves, cowering behind some shrubbery in the Garden of Eden. Proverbs 28 says “the righteous are as bold as a lion,” but Adam and Eve, the only humans to have experienced righteousness on this side of heaven on earth, are cowering in fear.
Fear can be a good thing because it keeps us safe. But living in fear when we should be living in God-given confidence is dangerous.
Here’s an acronym that describes what happens when we live in F.E.A.R.:
If we let it, fear will cause us to forget everything we know and run into hiding. We weren’t made to live in retreat, but that’s what often happens when we allow fear to grip our hearts. Ultimately, fear that cripples our confidence begins with forgetfulness. We forget what we know to be true about Jesus and who we are in Him, and instead of courage, we become defined by cowardice.
Since fear begins with forgetfulness, allow me to remind you of some truths that will make your fear duck for cover:
God is desperately in love with you. (Romans 5:8)
God will do literally anything to have you. (John 3:16)
God has a brilliant, unique, mapped-out plan for your life. (Ephesians 2:10)
God is the Redeemer, using even the worst things for our best. (Romans 8:28)
God never loses those who are His. (John 17:12)
God always finishes what He begins. (Philippians 1:6)
God defeated Satan, but will one day fully defeat him. (Romans 16:10)
In the end, we win. (Revelation)Don’t let fear win today. Choose faith instead, and live in the confidence that if God is for us, it doesn’t matter who or what is against us!
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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