A Christian’s life is supposed to be one of triumph and victory over the challenges and perils of living in a fallen world, right? But many of us live in fear of those things we cannot control, such as our finances, illness, and the loss of those people and things we hold dear. Many of us fear rejection, loneliness, and insignificance. What happened to our victory in Jesus? When did we become such spiritual wimps that we are no longer a match for the enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy every evidence of Christ in us, the hope of glory? Have we forgotten that we serve a God that is bigger than our enemy, is well able to handle every challenge we face, and who is the same yesterday, today, and forever?
We have all seen our share of
trouble and many of us have at one time or another wandered away from our
spiritual roots in Christ. Most of us
have experienced the protective and provisional covering of God’s grace and
mercy, often being spared the full consequences that our sinful actions
deserved. Despite God’s abundant grace and
favor toward a loved one, I have recently found myself living with the crippling
fear that he might not recognize God’s grace for what it is and slip back into
the self-destructive habits from which I have prayed fervently for God to
deliver him. Even worse, I have voiced
my distrust, focusing on his previous mistakes instead of the promise
that God has a good plan and purpose for his life (Jeremiah 29:11). When I suffered a mild anxiety attack because
of these things I began to pray for God to reveal to me the real reason for my fear. The answer I received was not what I expected
but it made total sense and put me at ease for the first time in many months.
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