Are You Afraid?

Do not allow fear to control your life, my child.

I have indeed overcome the world.

When I was on earth the Romans ruled with an iron fist.

It was not a pleasant sight to see armed men striding down our

dusty roads or hear their chariots rumbling.

Nor was there any beauty in seeing our countryside desecrated

by men hanging on crosses for supposed transgressions against the Romans.

 I knew one day I would be hanging on a cross.

Yet, neither death nor persecution stopped the spread of Christianity.

I told my disciples not to fear and I tell you the same.

Do not be afraid; instead tell others of My love.

Luke 12:32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom (of God).”

 Throughout the Bible, the Lord tells people to “fear not.” Fear keeps people in prison! Some feel they have failed God too often and God cannot forgive them. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, after they ate the forbidden fruit, they hide; not knowing God sits on the throne of grace waiting for them to come home. The story of the prodigal son, told by Jesus, illustrates how the son overcame his fear, came home and asked forgiveness and was restored.

As counselors, we give fear many names – anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, etc. – all caused by fear. Fortunately there are many interventions to help people regain freedom. The greatest help comes from our experiences with the Lord, who calms our fears and reminds us to trust Him. Obviously, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, they lost their fear and showed great courage in proclaiming Christ wherever they went.

In this “listening” the Holy Spirit told me to not be afraid, for God prefers we live secure in His love. Will you trust Him today?

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About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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