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Moving Beyond Our Fears

READ | Luke 1:68-75

The Bible distinguishes between two kinds of fear: healthy and unhealthy. We are commanded to have a healthy fear of God, which includes

1) an overwhelming sense of awe because of who He is—Judge and sovereign King—and

2) a lifestyle of respectful obedience which honors Him.

There’s also a protective type of anxiety that warns us not to touch a hot stove or walk on thin ice and helps us prevent avoidable harm.

Unhealthy fears cause us to feel uneasy, uncomfortable, or threatened. Their source may be a childhood experience or an adult’s repeated negative words. This feeling of distress becomes rooted in our thinking and colors our decision making. As adults, we no longer have a basis for this anxiety, yet it may continue to inhibit us. Our imagination can be another source of anxiety—some people get caught up in “what if” thinking: What if something goes wrong? or What if the outcome I want does not come true?

This kind of agitation can block God’s best in our life. His purposes often require that we move beyond where we feel most comfortable. Learning new skills, changing jobs or ministries, or reaching out to strangers could be part of what He expects. Each of these challenges present an opportunity to trust the Lord and obey His request.

Fear doesn’t come from God (2 Tim. 1:7). Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you from a place of disquiet into the freedom that is ours in Christ. There you’ll discover the ability to follow His plan without being hindered by overwhelming fear.

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