When the newest album from Bethel Music came out, We Will Not Be Shaken, I was captivated by the song No Longer Slaves by Johnathon David and Melissa Helser. I had it on repeat for days. It’s interesting because I don’t have fear issues like I used to and would have easily dismissed the notion that I did. Yet, something in my spirit needed this song.
Truth be told, I still deal with fear, and though I am nowhere near as bad as I used to be, every now and then it pops up and paralyzes me. But faith and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time, one has to go, and it must be fear!
In the past, I have had such a huge issue with fear of man. I was a people-pleaser more than I was a God pleaser. I worried more about what people would think of me rather than what God did. I would be fearful over stepping out in obedience to what God was asking me to do because of what “man” might think. But God is my Father, and I want to please Him, but more than that I want to do what He asks me to do.
I have learned that my ways are not His ways, and my thoughts are not His thoughts. I am His daughter … we are sons/daughters of God – and no longer does disobedience, sin, or fear have a place in our lives.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15-16)
I consider these verses from Romans 8 important life scriptures for me personally. When I was struggling years ago with not being worthy enough, not good enough, not deserving enough (etc.), God directed me to these two verses. He began to show me what my true identity was. I needed a total overhaul in my thinking, and honestly, some days I still need my thinking adjusted.
Jesus’ whole reason for coming to this earth was not just to save the lost but to restore us back to our rightful place as the sons and daughters of God. Salvation is accomplished not only by the cleansing of the blood, but also through regeneration (to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again) by his spirit, or being born again. Once this happens, His spirit comes to live inside us.
I often teach people that they need to understand, “Who they are and whose they are!” It really isn’t about us, but Him working through us. Our identity, what makes us valuable, is God! We are His kids. It’s our position in Christ that sets us free from the slavery of fear and sin, and breaks every chain. We must get this knowledge from our head to our hearts, and as sons and daughters of God, begin to walk it out!