If you were a betting person, which of these would you bet is the most common command in the Bible:
A) Pray often.
B) Obey God.
C) Do not be afraid.
If you bet answer C, you would be correct. The most common command throughout the Bible is do not be afraid.
In the first chapter of Revelation John says this, “When I saw him, I fell at his feet though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” -Revelation 1:17-18
Many of us have allowed fear to rule our lives for a long time. If we are going to obey Jesus and not fear, we must unlearn many of the habits we have had for a long time. We do this partly by leaning into Jesus. Notice in Revelation 1, Jesus’ reason for not being afraid is because of who Jesus is. Jesus is the Almighty, All-knowing, All-loving King of the World.
Who Jesus is qualifies him to be worthy of our trust. We conquer fear through trust. Trusting that God is for us. Trusting that God knows what is best and has our best interest in mind.
As you start to feel fear well up inside you, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what lie you are believing, take that thought captive, and hold onto the truth.
He is worthy.
In Christ, Pastor Michael Covey
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” - Romans 8:1-2
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