Fear is the shadowy visitor that whispers, “You plus God isn’t really enough.” This unwelcome pest relies on false perspectives and leveraged shadows to appear larger than your best effort and stronger than God Himself. Fear is on the wrong side of John 10:10. Fear’s goal is to suck the life out of you by keeping you from doing the things that lead to really living.
Now, some “fear,” which is more like respect, keeps you safe. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about the fear that keeps you unsafe. If you’re wondering if you’re dealing with this kind of fear, just ask, “Does this lead to life and more life?” If it doesn’t, then it’s gotta go. Because you plus God is enough. Anything else is the opposite of God’s story. You know what destroys the wrong kind of fear? Perfect love. A good, loving, heavenly Father. Run to Him, and He’ll cast a different kind of shadow on you—the kind Psalm 91 describes as the shadow of the Almighty. Here’s the thing. Because of Jesus, you’re not just in God’s shadow. Now, you’re in His family. You are no longer a slave to fear; you’re a child of God.
You are an overcomer.
Pray: After you read today’s Scriptures, prayerfully share your fears and anxieties with God. Thank Him for lovingly adopting you as His child. Ask Him to help you see Him as your loving Father and to show you who you are in Christ—more than an overcomer.
“We know that we live in God and God lives in us. We know this because God gave us his Spirit. We have seen that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. That is what we teach. If someone says, “I believe that Jesus is the Son of God,” then God lives in him. And he lives in God. And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him. If God’s love is made perfect in us, then we can be without fear on the day God judges us. We will be without fear, because in this world we are like him. Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear. So love is not made perfect in the person who has fear.”
1 John 4:13-18 ICB
“So be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then he will lift you up when the right time comes. Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 ICB
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