Y&F Day 25

4 November 2013

REPLACING FEAR WITH YOUR FREEDOM
(Back To Life)

“Aaaaaaarrrrrggghhhh”.
Yep, that’s the usual response when we face something we fear.

Some people fear snakes, others fear spiders, even to the point where you think you can feel their creepy crawly legs on your arm as you read this!

Sometimes though, we get trapped by fear because of things that we cannot see or touch, but we can definitely feel.

Maybe it’s fear of what people think about us, fear of failing or fear about what our future holds.

Fear exists when we perceive something to be potentially dangerous or cause pain. It can become so crippling that we are robbed of our confidence, security and joy. As a result, our life shrinks as we gradually let fear control our thoughts and actions.

When we read God’s Word however, we begin to see that faith in Christ our Saviour shows us a way to live in the wide open spaces of God’s love. It says in 1 John 4:17-19, “…as we live in God, our love grows more perfect… Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear”.

Therefore, when life throws us some fearful circumstances, we can find comfort in Jesus’ and freedom to live in hope that God has our back because He loves us so much!

“Don’t be intimidated… Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hand.”
Matthew 10: 26-28 (The Message)

When we accept Christ into our hearts, we no longer have to stay trapped by our fears because we can be confident in His plan for our lives.

Give God your fears today.
His response to them is not “aaaarrrrgghhh”.
No, His response is freedom.
Freedom that brings us back to life!