Romans 8: be controlled by God, not fear!

Posted on May 15, 2015 · Posted in Authority, Wisdom

Here is a brief application from Romans 8 that teaches Christians do not have to be controlled by fear.
Christians need not fear condemnation. verse 1

Christians are not controlled by the flesh but by the Holy Spirit. verse 9

Christians are not slaves to fear, but to the Holy Spirit. verse 15

If you rely only on what is seen you will be controlled by fear. verse 24

If you rely on what is unseen, you have hope. verse 24

Even in your weak moments of worry and fear, the Spirit intercedes for you. verse 26

Your deepest fears have been searched out by God and are known to him. verse 27

The Holy Spirit, intimately aware of your fears, intercedes for you at his own initiative. verse 27

God is in control of all the things that happen to you. You don’t have live to fear. verse 28

Your lives are secure in God’s sovereign care and plan. verses 29-30

No matter what you fear, God is for you. Nothing can stand against his purposes. verse 31

Just as God did not spare his own Son, he will give you the ability to control your fear. verse 32

No fear can separate you from the love of Christ. verses 35 & 39

Through the powerful love of God you can conquer any fear. verse 37

This chapter provides a sure hope when you are overwhelmed by fear.

There is no fear that you have that cannot be conquered by God’s power at work in you!  As Hebrews 11:1 says, “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

The greatest fear anyone can have is the condemnation of God. But in Christ, there is no condemnation. Confront your fear with this truth. You do not have to be controlled by fear. Apply the teaching of this wonderful chapter to help you be controlled by the Spirit of God and his word.

As you live according to the way of the Spirit, you will give your children an example that will free them from a life dominated by fear. Do not hide these truths from your children. Rejoice in them, for you are indeed more than conquerers through the love of your Savior.

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.