In the movie, Blood Diamond, a young boy, Dia, was captured, brainwashed, and used as a child soldier. At one point, he held his father, Vandy, at gunpoint. Vandy confronts his son with truths about who they are.
“You are Dia. You are a good boy…”
“I am your father who loves you. And you will come home with me and be my son…again.”
I love this scene from the movie…
The scene touches me because it reminds me of what happens when I remember to listen to the truths of scripture. The truths about who our Lord is and who we are in Him, empower us to turn away from the confusion of this world and live in the ways he calls us to.
In my last post, we looked at cooperating with the Holy Spirit by asking for awareness, admitting the fears we see, and asking for help.
What can be done now?
God works powerfully in us for growth and change, but how do we continue cooperating?
Often, fear is the result of false beliefs or wrong thinking about real circumstances. We can be brainwashed into living fearfully by our own self-talk or words from others.
When I find that I’ve listened to lies or developed wrong thinking about my circumstances, the most important thing I can do is remember truths about Jesus Christ and who I am in Him. This is the next practice in moving beyond fear.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” – Exodus 20:2
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” — Romans 8:15-16
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” –1 John 3:1
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” -Colossians 1:13-14
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” -2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
If you are trusting in Christ alone for your salvation, remember these things with me this week:
Our Father in heaven brought you out of the land of slavery and has delivered you out of the domain of darkness. He has transferred you into the kingdom of His beloved son. You are free now to not live by faith, hope, and trust in Him instead of by fear. You are God’s child.You have received a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind, not of fear. By His Spirit, we cry Abba, Father!
Remembering the truth that we have a loving Father who has already rescued us from darkness, melts our hearts and moves us along toward courage and trust.These are some of my favorite truths to think upon! Do you have any?
Please join me over the next four weeks as I focus in on moving from fear, to trust and courage. I’ll be posting encouragement in this area once a week on my blog. Four practices for moving to courage and trust will be presented in the format of 1 practice per week. Later in the week, I’ll also share a STRETCH my F A I T H “Stretch of the Week” along with encouragement from God’s Word in the area of fear to all of my newsletter subscribers. If you’re not signed up for my newsletter, you can do it here:
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Turning with you this week toward Jesus, and moving toward trust and courage! If you’re a newsletter subsciber, keep an eye out for my e-mail later this weekend that will include the “Stretch of the Week”.
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