Are You a Slave to Fear? – by Eliezer Gonzalez
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- Dr Eliezer Gonzalez
Jan 14, 2016 1834
It is a terrible thing to be a slave to fear. A person can be perfectly free, yet be imprisoned in his or her own mind. A person can be in bondage to things that may not ever happen or that do not even exist.
Fear is a vicious master. First he steals the happiness and joy out of your life. Fear destroys your relationships, one by one. Then he takes away your sense of integrity from you. Ultimately, he takes away your very identify, because you can no longer the person you always wanted to be, or even the person you were!
As I reviewed how I have acted towards others in recent times, I have realized that at times I have acted out of fear. That has jolted me into the reality that we have to stand strong as Christians against the tyranny of fear!
Jesus Christ has stared the greatest fears – even hell itself – in the face, and he has overcome.
The apostle Paul tells us that:
The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us children of God. And with that Spirit we say, “Father, dear Father.” – Romans 8:15, ICB
We are no longer slaves to fear. We are children of God. We can address the God of the universe as our dear Father. If he does not condemn us, who can? If he is not afraid, why should we be?
This is the reality we must walk in. Fear can have no hold over us.
We need to revisit the words of Psalm 23, a Psalm that I learnt at my mother’s knee:
The LORD is my Shepherd… I will not be afraid – Ps 23:1,4.
– by Eliezer Gonzalez