Freedom in Christ frees us from fear
The fear of a Christian, like the fear of anyone else, is associated with anxiety and stress in daily life. However, these emotions, which seem to be a natural reaction to everyday events, are often deeply ingrained in our souls. To get to your roots, try asking yourself the next time you worry, “What am I really afraid of?” Then combine the truth of God’s Word with your deepest fear and hope that fear will go away.
As Jesus said, “Do not be afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36). It’s rarely that easy! However, true freedom in Christ comes to us when we learn to trust God and His Word above all else. Faith must be an active force in the new life offered by Jesus Christ. But we are not trying to grow our faith, we are learning to look at Jesus and through what we see in Him our faith is kindled! Therefore, a critical challenge in dealing with fear and anxiety is learning to believe God’s Word with a heart of faith; remember that Jesus is the written and living Word of God. “… But this is written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that you believers may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The life that the apostle John has in mind is much more than just being down here, and it is not limited to just heaven. This life is known as the abundant life and it is a quality of life that brings joy, peace and love every day.
Freedom of religion rees from fear by overcoming worry. The fear of the Christian is a deadly feeling that contradicts and fights against the healing and health that is available through Jesus Christ. Fear and anxiety are deadly emotions. It is scientifically proven that these emotions cause chemical changes in the body that negatively affect organs, muscles and cells. However, God has given us many antidotes. For example, through Jesus Christ comes the joy that even laughter will bring into your life, and laughter acts as a “medicine” (Pr 17:22). The peace of God truly transcends all understanding and overcomes anxiety and stress-related illnesses, but there are certain ways in which we must learn to cooperate with this new life. Connecting active faith with God’s truth will automatically bring you joy.