Life Without Fear

What grips us in the dark of night? When the sun flees from our face, and the storm clouds roll in, what is the rock we find in the pit of our stomach?

A car bomb on May 1, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria, killed at least 19 people. More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their classes the previous month. The University of Maiduguri in Borno state, Nigeria, had three professors killed and one abducted in this same period. Kyari Mohammed, a teacher in northeast Nigeria, says, “We live in fear of Boko Haram.”

Boko Haram is roughly translated as, “Western education is forbidden.”

What grips us in the dark of night?

Romans 6:23 tells us:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Even when our physical bodies are threatened, we have a promise that supersedes all others. We are assured eternal life.

Matthew 10:28 redirects our focus from this world to our eternal spirit.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

To ignore physical threats is poor judgment. To focus on them is to miss the truth of the cross.

Acts 17:31 paints the bigger picture.

“Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Jesus is our example that we will find our physical renewing in our spiritual alliance with him.

Revelation 21:8 makes us aware of the consequences of ignoring his entreaties.

“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

God’s promise of eternal life is not a blanket provision for all people. He has expectations of us, also.

2 Peter 3:9 encourages us not to give up.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

We are on God’s timeframe, not on ours. We must give him time to complete his plans in us.

Acts 4:12 is our lighthouse pointing us to the truth.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

When we find Jesus, we will stand on solid ground.

John 8:58 gives provenance to the redemptive power of the cross.

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.’ ”

Jesus is not a Johnny-come-lately, a man who happened upon a distraught and desolate world, and who took advantage of the situation to make himself into a god. He was there at the beginning, and through his power, he watches over us, enabling us to live a better, purer life, through the power of the risen Christ.

In Nigeria, parents are so fearful that they have withdrawn their children from schools. They have lost the hope of protection by their government.

In our Christian walk, we have nothing to fear. We have a savior and king who stands at the side of the Father, and he gifts unto us his hand of power and protection.

In other words, we can live a life without fear, because Jesus walks at our side.

The world surrounds us with fear, but Jesus fills us with peace.

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Originally Published: 10-02-14

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