Freedom from Fear Through Romans 8:28
The best I can do is to tell my story. So, I’ll tell this one and hope you can relate to it in some way.
I have always had the deep-seated fear of making any kind of decision. Whether big or small, the what ifs of what could go wrong plagued me. I also feared deeply that it will change God’s opinion about me.
These fears would pile up until I either did nothing at all, or quit shortly after starting. Because the anxiety of what could go wrong was too much to bear.
Healing from fear started with a word from a friend
The healing process started when a friend of mine gave me a very specific word: That God wanted me to start coloring on the entire page. The example she used to elaborate was so specific it was impossible to ignore.
So, in obedience, I started exploring how far the boundaries went. It wasn’t a massive splash that filled the whole page, but I started.
The problem was that the fears still filled my belly like bile. “Am I sure I understood God correctly? Should I even be doing that thing? Doesn’t that make mesoundincredibly selfish?”
I battled with my doubts I asked the Lord: “How do I color the whole page of my life?”
And, in His simple way He said: “You stop being afraid of making mistakes.”
Then Holy Spirit breathed life into scripture
I almost understood, but I still came up short when I tried, “Be strong and of good courage,” out for size. So, I asked, “How do I do that?”
And as clear as day,Romans 8:28 – 29 came up:
“28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
I suddenly understood that God uses our mistakes to make us more like His Son. He uses all of our little (and tremendously big) mistakes, and redeems it to make us look like children of God.
Fearlessness boiled down to trust
It turned out that the key to fearless living isn’t being brave in your own capacity. I had to trust that even in the mistakes I make, God’s goodness will make all these things work together for my good.
God has proven Himself faithful in this scripture in my own life. No matter how far I’ve fallen. No matter how poor the choice was. It didn’t matter how much I was to blame for that decision and mistake. He made it work out in such a way that I was more Christ-like than before.
May you too find the key in Him to fearless living.