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The Enslaving Power of Fear

I’ve been learning lately how much fear has been a part of my life. I always knew, but I never knew the depth of it. It showed itself in a variety of ways through anxiety and worry about issues of life, personal behavior, and so many other things.

Something is happening to me though. God’s grace is touching me in such a way that I finally feel a deeper sense of freedom than I ever thought possible. I didn’t realize how much oppression was attached to that fear, but I guess maybe I should have.

You see, you have not received a spirit that returns you to slavery, so you have nothing to fear. The Spirit you have received adopts you and welcomes you into God’s own family. That’s why we call out to Him, “Abba! Father!” as we would address a loving daddy. –Romans 8:15 (VOICE)

Honestly that’s what always scared me the most, that I would become a slave to the sin or patterns of behavior I didn’t want. I’m finding this truth though. The Spirit won’t return me to slavery so I don’t have to fear anymore. I’m welcomed into His family and get to call on Him as a loving Dad.

I recently heard this song and love it. It’s called “No Longer Slaves” by Jonathan David Hesler and Melissa Hesler. Beautiful words and melody. I hope you can simply drink it in today.

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Read full lyrics here

What are your thoughts? Do you struggle with fear? Do you relate to what I’m saying?

Whispers and Shouts #35.

…a short burst of inspiration of what God is speaking to me, a prayer, a quote, a song, or whatever else.



  1. Liked the words to the song Jason. I think my one biggest fear was not being liked. I wanted everyone to like me. It hamstrung a lot of what I needed to do because it might not make everyone happy. I realize now that simply cannot happen.
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    • I know your pain, Bill! You don’t want to disappoint anyone or upset them. It’s a terrible bondage. So thankful God brings freedom. Thanks Bill.

  2. Like Bill, I used to be afraid of not being liked and I feared being a failure. Those two really really enslaved me! But God has been steadily working in me through His Spirit, and I feel freer now than I ever have. It is such a relief!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration, Jason!
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    • Yes! It is a relief, isn’t it? Thanks so much, Martha.

  3. Up until my Mom’s death just a bit ago I had tremendous fear of death. To a point I still do. But now I view death as more a kind of release. Of course slavery leads to fear, and vice versa. But I am a slave to Jesus Christ, which cancels out fear. 🙂

    • Absolutely. He leads us out of fear as we trust Him. Thank you, Ed.

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