Because of Christ and our faith in him,
we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
If not checked, fear can totally incapacitate a person.
Many fears assaulted me during childhood. I wanted to be accepted. I feared only a few kids would like me—that I would be unpopular. I lived out the reality of this fear, partially because I let it incapacitate me. I wasn’t overly fond of my looks. I was a skinny, freckled-faced kid who wore glasses. These things gave me a complex, and I chose to yield to my fear instead of face it.
Many children who might not normally be popular can become popular by letting an outgoing and kind personality compensate for what they lack in other areas. I was kind, but I was shy. I lived with the fear of not being accepted.
I wasn’t always chosen for sports teams due to my build, but I complicated the situation by not trying. Perhaps other kids rejected me because I didn’t give them a chance.
I could interact with God the same way I once responded to others. After all, He has traits that frighten me. He is all-powerful; He could snuff out my life in a second. He has the power to cast me into an eternal hell. Not a pleasant picture. If I let those fears incapacitate me, I’ll avoid Him. That too has unpleasant consequences.
Christ has removed my tendency to be afraid of God. I respect Him, but I don’t fear He’ll reject me or punish me indiscriminately. Christ has made it possible for me to come fearlessly into God’s presence. He welcomes me—regularly. He loves me unconditionally and wants to guide me into abundant living. By accepting His offer of forgiveness through Christ, I remove any reason to fear God. Nothing can separate me from His love.
Is your relationship with God characterized by fear or fearlessness?
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by Martin Wiles
Martin Wiles is a minister, author, English teacher, and freelance editor currently living in Greenwood, SC, and is the founder of Love Lines from God. He is the author of six books, including his two latest, Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He has been published in a number of periodicals, books, and newspapers. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.