Moving From Fear To Freedom
By: Lianne Johnson, LPC
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at Riverside Church’s women’s retreat. I entitled the retreat, Falling In Love With Our Savior: Moving from Fear to Freedom. Over the course of our time together we talked about many things. In particular, we discussed how our fears rob us of our ability to Fall In Love With Our Savior.
Do you know what you fear? It seemed to me, while at the retreat hearing from many of the women, and quite frankly knowing these things to be true in my own life, that all too often we do not even realize we are living out of fear. It’s like our fears become a part of our identity, and when we operate out of them we don’t even realize it anymore.
What I am learning is as we live in our fears, and relate to others from our fears, these fears begin to rob us of our ability to hear truth, believe truth, and live from truth. Therefore, robbing us of our ability to experience what it would be like to Fall In Love With Our Savior.
What if you chose to begin naming the fears in your life? What if you chose to no longer allow your fears to rule your heart and mind? I am not saying that we no longer have fears. To expect anything different in this lifetime would be folly. However, I am saying that, as we fear we confidently take these fears to our Savior and place them up against what scripture says. What if instead of allowing your fears to form your identity, you choose to strive to have truth define your identity?
Desiring to be set free from our fears begins with believing, and living as though you believe, who God has named you to be is indeed true!
You are a son or daughter of the King. You are His beloved. You are cherished. You are safe. You are accepted and loved as you are. You are pursued. He desires you just as you are.