WHAT FEAR DOES

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WHAT FEAR DOES

John 20:19 It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. "Peace be with you," he said.

We enter into the world of the disciples today and one thing that stood out before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the palpable fear in their camp. It took no real genius to tell since they were locked away behind bolted doors. Having witnessed what happened with Jesus, that fear of what could also happen to them would have been overwhelming.

That really is not a major surprise when we take some time to ponder on what fear does. Often, whatever we are afraid of, we stay away from. We would rather simply lock ourselves away to avoid getting into contact with it for if we don’t encounter them, then by all means we are alright- right?

That logic is pretty flawed in many ways because fear has its own way of holding us back from reaching where we ‘could be’. Whether it is in the things that pertain to life or to godliness. In fear, we could hide from the God who sees our frame because we think  ‘He is waiting to punish’ and  in relationships, we hold back because we are afraid things won’t work as expected.

In our fear, we get too busy locking ourselves away from life that the benefits we sought to glean by hiding
instead cause as miss out on many points for learning and growth on the journey of life. Beloved, fear will keep you on one side of the fence of life, I pray we receive the courage to move past those fears and step into all that  God has for us.

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