Why is it so hard to remember the simple command to not be afraid? Is it because I forget who is in control? It’s exhausting trying to be fearless and overcome the trials of life in my own strength.
The enemy is relentless in the pursuit of our hearts, to bend us and break us through the use of hurtful people, confusing circumstances and the scary unknowns of life. I’m human, so I need to be reminded that God is faithful in every situation. And, graciously, He always points me toward that truth.
Today, it was Romans 8:15. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery, to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out ‘Abba, Father!’”
Isn’t it great to know we have a loving Father who has taken us under His wing and declared that there is nothing to fear? Through the grace of God, I pray I’ll learn to not walk after the flesh, in my own understanding, but to walk in the Spirit. And I pray this for us all, so we can throw away the shackles, so we can be free, so we can find that place of true contentment and rest.
This is a poem I wrote years ago when I was wrestling with fear.
To Be Brave
I want to be brave
To face every day
Far from the fear that I’ve known
To dance in the rain
To sing out your name
Knowing I’m one of your own
And living this life
Running in fields of sweet grace
Forever to be
Happy and free
Finally fearless and brave