Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.
With the turning of the new calendar page again this year, I have been wrestling over the last few weeks *the one word* I wanted to claim for this year. For a while it seemed as if I was coming up empty-handed, the words that would come across the page just did not seem to be right. The Spirit was leading me elsewhere. For some reason this past Christmas the phrases, “Do not be afraid,” and “Fear not,” as the angel spoke to Mary and to the shepherds continued tugging at my heart.
So this year, it’s not just one word that I am claiming for my spiritual focus. I’m claiming the phrase no fear because I know that His Word tells me to “not be afraid” throughout scripture. I know this, but yet it seems many days I don’t live it. And truthfully, it’s not about my being afraid – it’s about my trusting in the One who tells me to not be afraid.
I could make a list of things I’m afraid of. On that list some of those things seem big to me, and some small. Some of the things stem from my own insecurities, from worry. My mind tells me there are so many things I need to fear, I should be afraid of. But my heart tells me, I want to live in freedom, not in fear!