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Worry, Fear, and Lack

“Now, since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” Hebrews 2:14 - 15 NIV.

Worry is always about fear. Fear is always about lack. The fear of lack is always about the ego’s fear of ultimate annihilation. Whoa.

Jesus addressed this primal dread head-on. He not only confronted it in His own death, but in the way He lived His earthly life. He trusted the Father so deeply that He wasn’t intimidated by the specter of lack. He was confident he could turn water into wine, multiply food, or walk on water, if needed. He lived in a constant state of easy faith. He knew that He was powerful enough to deal with any situation at any time with the power of His presence.

Anxiety, fear, worry, and all their derivative manifestations deplete our faith if they’re left to run wild in our minds. Our spiritual power is drained when we forget that we’re enough to handle what comes our way with God’s presence in our lives. The bold verse, “as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17 NKJV)” seems far-fetched, at best, when we’ve lost our minds to fearful thoughts.

Our daily fears are rooted in an enemy that Jesus has conquered for us—death itself. Fearless living means fearless dying. The trick is to make friends with death now, to die before we die, so it’s no big deal when it happens. That way everything in life gets that much easier and much less frightening. Maybe we can walk on water, after all.

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