I have struggled with fear for as long as I can remember. It has taken many different shapes, but at this point in my life I struggle with the fear to move, essentially the fear of man. Even though Christ has set me free, I still find in my flesh the fear to pray in a group, or to say something or write something because of how it will be portrayed or received by others. In these moments I need to gospel myself and remember that God has already set me free, my sin was nailed to the cross with Jesus Christ. I need this gospel everyday to understand the hope to which I have been called (Eph. 1:16-23). I have been my own functional lord and savior – controlling my life and my responses, afraid to remember who I am in Christ and who I am growing to be, in His likeness. However, it is my desire for freedom; to delight in the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; to remember that I have been cleansed from my former sins and that I am a new creation in Christ (2 Pet. 1:3-11).
As I step out in faith, by God’s grace, I see that I need to take the time to be thoughtful in how I speak and respond, to make sure that when I am making statements about God and His word that I give do diligence to check my facts, but ultimately I need to make the move once I have done that. I need to remember to live as a new creation in Christ, even if it means being open to correction, for then I can actually grow more. Scripture says, “Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.” (Prov.15:32) I don’t want to be afraid to speak or to act because of the fear of man or of correction. Let correction come, because it is my hope to be more like Christ.
Tim Chester, author of the book You Can Change says,
“…God sent his Son to buy our freedom. We’re no longer slaves with a slavemaster. Now we’re children with a Father. We don’t have to worry about proving ourselves because God says, ‘You’re my child.’ We don’t have a spirit of fear, but a Spirit who prompts us to cry, ‘Abba, Father.’”
If you suffer from similar fears, release them to the only Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ. Let’s get off the throne of our hearts and our attempts to be god, and find that underneath are the Everlasting Arms. Christian sister, remember who you are and gospel yourself daily that you do not forget.
Truth: “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deut. 33:27