Free From Fear
Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Okay, let me rephrase that because that’s a SUPER broad question. Have you ever thought about the driving forces that lead us as humans to do the things we do? Yeah, that definitely didn’t make any more sense. Imagine, if you will, that inside each of us there are a bunch of tiny robots (this is going downhill fast…). Good grief, I don’t even know what I’m saying at this point; but I’ll just keep trying anyway and hope it works.
Before I became a follower of Jesus, I was controlled (I mean, CON-TROLLED) by my flesh. I did what I felt like doing, and my choices were based on what made me most comfortable and happy. I lived for me. Period. Enter Christ. Now I’m living for something and Someone beyond myself. HALLELUJAH. He made me a new creature, and I’m certainly not who I used to be; however, as a human, I still struggle against the flesh and even give into it sometimes. Can ya relate?
I once heard it put this way: picture your life before Christ as a car factory. All the cars manufactured and sent out of this factory represent your sin. When you give your life over to Christ, you are essentially shutting down the car factory–depleting the supply of sin. Hooray!
HOWEVER, the cars produced by your factory are still roaming around all over the place (and since the cars represent sin, you can imagine how frightening this reality is). All this to say, even though someone may become a Christian (and a new creature at that), there are still those sin issues that need to be decommissioned. The old is gone and the new has come, but there is still that propensity within us to turn back to serving self and sin again.
So for me I’m realizing that an area in my life where sin is still “roaming about” is that of fear. God says hundreds of times in Scripture “do not fear”, “fear not”, etc. Perhaps because He knows we have the crazy tendency to do that very thing. I’m beginning to see my fear for what it is–sin! Sin that refuses to trust an unknown future to a KNOWN GOD; sin that blinds me from seeing things clearly. And it’s liberating to see. I still have much to learn and many ways to grow in this area, but at least I’ve identified this problem in my life that has paralyzed me for so long.
You see, fear is a sneaky little rascal. It comes in and makes itself at home in our hearts and sounds so convincing that we don’t even recognize it’s foreign voice. So we agree with it; embrace it; expect it. Sound enslaving? Sure is. And that is precisely how Satan planned it. How evil. You see, when we don’t know the truth, lies sound like truth. And now that I understand the power of this ridiculous enemy, I can learn the truth, meditate upon it, and be set free. Because that’s the kind of God I serve.
Despite the title of this blog post, I have never been, nor am I currently, “free” from all the fears in my life. BUT I am beginning to walk the journey to freedom starting by identifying my bondage and the lies I’ve believed, and instead receiving the corresponding TRUTH which comes from the Word of God.
I hope to write a few posts on fear and just share continued ramblings and Scriptures that the Lord is using to set me free. And I just have to say, if you made it this far, I’M PROUD OF YOU! You just read through some jumbled up thoughts and made it to the end. If you were here I’d give you a gold star. Or a high-five. Your choice.
Anyway, folks, that’s all for now, but this external processor is excited to put out some more content on this topic. So bear with me. :)