It’s not as if we consciously choose to be stuck in life’s ruts. But, we can choose to remain fearful — fearful of change, risk, depth, transparency, etcetera etcetera etcetera (to quote the King in “The King and I”).
Anna in “The King and I” faces all kinds of challenging circumstances and she chooses to not be afraid. She even has a song: “whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect and whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I’m afraid.”
We are not to slip and slide back into fear. It is a slippery slope. When we allow fear to define us and frame our circumstances, we deny our direct access to God the Father who has adopted us into his family as his very own children. How offensive when we fail to rely on his household covering and offer of intimate connection and instead isolate ourselves in fear’s lies!
Are we fearful? Let’s figure out where have we settled for the enemy’s definitions of circumstances. Let’s kick him and his definitions out and open our minds and hearts to the transforming life-forces of God’s love and truth. Abba, Father! Come!
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…” (Romans 8:15-16)