I have an innate fear of heights. It’s silly and has proven embarrassing, but it has remained with me my whole life. Maybe I got that fear when a friend knocked off the roof of a shed when I was six years old. Maybe it was amplified by the time a forklift operator stranded me on the 3-foot square plywood platform with no walls or safety rails twenty feet in the air, above a concrete floor, for over an hour.
I like to blame this fear on external events, but it’s probably just some wiring in my brain. Nevertheless, I know the effects of anxiety. However, God made a promise to His children that they do not need to fear anything.
You put to death the deeds of the body
The 8th chapter of Romans has been called:
“A vast rhapsodic expansion of the analysis of Christian assurance and hope contained in 5:1–11.” – R.C. Sproul, RSB
I humbly agree. So for today, let’s gaze upon God’s wisdom from Romans 8:12-17 (emphasis added) with extravagant enthusiasm:
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father [Daddy]!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
We no longer owe a debt to the worldly life
As Christians, we no longer owe a debt to the worldly life. We don’t owe it to ourselves, or others, to be foolish, self-seeking, schemers, gossips, and so forth. The ways of the world will text us, Instagram us, and TikTok us, but we owe nothing to them. The responsibility to toss them in the trash bin of life is on our shoulders. Verse thirteen says, “you put to death the deeds of the body.” The Holy Spirit helps, but we have to take action.
Being a reborn person puts us in a different sphere. The world demands fear but we are not to fall back. Fear of global warming, COVID-19, the election, and social issues are tools of this world to repress us. The list is endless. It’s not that we aren’t to care and to act for we are, but we must not act out of fear. We are the adopted children of God. Can you picture Jesus being afraid? Neither can I.
Receiving the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to overcome fear. Being led by the Spirit testifies to our adoption as children of God. And God is ready to deliver us from fear faster than Amazon can fulfill an Echo dot order!
God’s promises have conditions
God’s condition for these great promises to us rests upon this: provided we suffer with him [Jesus]. The Spirit of God sometimes delivers us from suffering, but it is only by suffering for Jesus that we can enter into the communion Jesus desires to share with us.
Thank you, Daddy!
Come on, brothers and sisters, let’s shout, “Thank you, Daddy!” What jaw-dropping spiritual blessings our heavenly Father wants to shower upon us. Let’s rejoice in the Spirit and consider worldly things for what they are, trinkets and trash.
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