15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Like four years ago there was a kids movie that came out called Rise of the Guardians. I was a nanny at the time, so I was on top of my animated film game. I remember seeing this movie with the kids one day and feeling like God was so clearly speaking through the entire thing.
Basically the movie was about the “guardians” of children such as Santa, the Easter Bunny & the Tooth Fairy, and their purpose was to protect joy & innocence in kids. The entire movie, the guardians fight against the villain — a boogey man named Pitch Black who meets kids in their dreams and replaces their good dreams with fear.
Here’s what I’m getting at: Fear is a thief, y’all. Apparently even secular animated film writers know that. Fear will rob you of your dreams and your destiny, and the crazy thing is sometimes you don’t even know it until you look up and realize you’ve been completely derailed by it.
As Noland and I were heading into the new year, having our annual family dream session, we had to have some honest conversations with ourselves about the places we’d allowed fear to derail us. We had to repent of places we’d partnered with fear & handed over our dreams in exchange for the bondage of being afraid.
We realized we’d been living out of a fear of losing again. A fear of the unknown. A fear of being too broken to move forward.
And you know what I love about God? His answer is so simple. The solution to dealing with fear is in recalling our identity. It’s so easily spelled out in this Romans 8 passage — you haven’t been given a spirit of fear. Instead, the Spirit you’ve been given is the adoption to sonship. Period.
God pretty much just says, “You can’t be fearful. You’re mine.”
Perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) Fear not, little flock. For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)
Gosh, I want to be better at living like this. I want to live my life this year in such a way that I know who I am because I know WHOSE I am — and since I’m His, I cannot be enslaved to fear.
“No Longer Slaves”
We Will Not Be Shaken