Uprooting the seedlings of fear

Fear is a great enemy of spiritual growth. It undermines our trust in God, good. It tempts us to break the First Commandment through the belief that there is another power besides God and that this power can harm or threaten us.

The theme of overcoming fear runs through the Bible like a golden thread. Many Old Testament prophets and leaders were encouraged by God not to fear, or encouraged their own followers not to fear, including such towering figures as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, David, Nehemiah, and Daniel. And in the New Testament, we see Jesus frequently counselling his disciples, as well as those who came to him for healing, not to be afraid (see, for example, Mark 5:36 and John 6:19, 20).

I found my joy again
July 15, 2013

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