Help from Romans 8 – Controlling your fear

Posted on January 25, 2014 · Posted in Ruling Desires

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. 

 

Whatever your particular fear may be consider in the light of Romans 8. 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
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.