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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Facing Fear"

Date published: 02/05/2016
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (NIV)  

   Fear is a common element of everyday living. Entertainers, famous people, speakers, and public figures all admit to it. Fear can grip and control your life or you can find a way to master it. You can learn to master your fears through your own strength or through the love of God. People who manage fear themselves do it through techniques that control or quench fear, or they hide their fear. For Christians, fear should be handled quite differently. 

   A Christian should handle fear similarly to a child. Children usually have no fear because they either trust the adults who watch over them or they just do not have the experience to know what they should fear. A parent’s love for his/her child is great, but it does not begin to compare to the love God has for His children. God’s perfect love will quench your fear if you allow Him. Romans 8:15 teaches the freedom you have in Christ when you have confidence of who you are in Christ, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (NIV) You can have full confidence of God’s love because of His promises to care for you. Your fear comes from your lack of faith to trust God.   You must have the faith to trust your Lord, so that He can quench the onslaught of fears from satan and the world.  Ephesians 6:16 encourages us to take up the shield of faith when we fear, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  2 Timothy 1:7 tells of how you are equipped for facing fear, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV) 

   Where do you begin, if you find yourself often consumed with fear? Begin with God’s perfect love. Those around you, satan, and the world offer no peace. But God who loved you enough to come to earth as a man, die a brutal death on the cross to pay the price of your sins, and rise from the dead in triumphant power stands ready to consume your fears. You fear because you do not have a depth of intimacy in your relationship with Christ. Christ will only take you as far as you will let Him. Go deep into Christ with a fervent, passionate relationship, so that you will realize the perfection of His love

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on being used by God? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience on overcoming fear: “Deeper with God,” and “Transformation.” 

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