Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
What has a hold on your thoughts? In his book, Living Free in Christ, Neil Anderson writes,
Suppose a secretary is intimidated by her boss. She works in fear of him all day because he is both present and potent to her. But what power does the boss have over the secretary? I suppose he could fire her. But could she overcome that power? Yes, she could quit or be willing to quit.
By not allowing her boss to hold the job over her head she would free herself from his intimidation. I am not suggesting that you rebel against your boss: I am pointing out that the New Testament teaches we can live a responsible life without fearing intimidation from others. Peter puts it this way: “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are BLESSED. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Peter 3:13-15 NIV).
There is, however, a legitimate and ultimate fear in our lives, and that is God. That’s because He is both omnipresent and omnipotent. When we, with reverence and awe, make God our ultimate fear object and sanctify Christ as the Lord of our lives, we will experience the freedom that Christ purchased for us on the cross.
Lord, help me to stand strong in the face of fear. I set my heart upon You!