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Truth Is the Antidote to Fear

"Those who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, 'Father! my Father!' God's Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God's children." (Romans 8:14-16 GNT)

When I was a kid, I didn't get scared often. I played fearlessly. But whenever I did get scared, I always cried out to my daddy. I knew he was strong. I knew he could take on anyone.

That's what you and I are called to do when we're scared, too. Stop focusing on your fear. Focus on your Father. Ask God for help. Romans 8:14-16 says, "Those who are led by God's Spirit are God's children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God's children, and by the Spirit's power we cry out to God, 'Father! My Father!' God's Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God's children" (GNT).

The antidote to fear is the truth that you're no longer a slave but a child of God. Being a child of God changes everything. You're part of a family now. And families take care of one another.

You're part of God's family, and God takes care of his children. He has your back. Knowing you're a child of the creator of the universe changes everything.

Call out to him. Ask him for help.

Talk It Over

  • What scares you more than anything else right now? What is the truth about the situation? How is God engaged in the situation?
  • Can you recall an experience from your past where God has protected you in the midst of a fearful event or period of your life?

 

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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