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Freedom from Fear

This is our life_ walking under grace, because the lord has loved us, has saved us, has forgiven us.In Romans St. Paul tells us that we are not “under law but under grace” (6:14).  Jesus’ death has saved us from our sins, he has saved us from ourselves.  And so we are free to live in grace.  But do we live in grace?  Or do we live in fear, worry, anxiety and stress?

I live in fear too often.  I may have good cause, based on past experience, and if I listed those experiences here you might even agree with me that my fear is justified.  But it isn’t. Not if I am a person of faith.  I’m not suggesting there can never be moments, after all, I am human.  However, when the fear takes over and I forget that I walk under grace, that is forgetting what Jesus has done for me.

I’m not speaking of the fear you have when someone is very sick or has been in an accident.  I’m speaking of the fear that whispers “don’t do it; you’ll look foolish; you might fail; it could hurt.”  Those whispers come not from God but from the evil one.  It is that fear that keeps me from being who God is calling me to be.

How do I rid myself of that fear?  Prayer, reading scripture and remembering these verses:

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. “ John 10:10b

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”  Jer 29:11

“the messenger of the LORD appeared to him and said: The LORD is with you, you mighty warrior! “ Judges 6:12

What verse helps drive out your fear?

 

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