No longer a slave

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I'm no longer a slave to fear…


How do I go from singing this song on Sunday to actually believing and living it out on Monday?
It's so easy to seem confident, raising my hands and proclaiming this when I'm safe and protected. It's not so easy to remember this in the face of fear.

On a closer look at the lyrics, they don't state 'I am no longer afraid', but rather that 'I am no longer a slave to fear'. Being a slave means being bound and forced to participate in actions without free will.


"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love." (1 John 4:18)

What are you afraid of? Sickness, violence, spiders? Being a slave immobilizes us to fully participate in life. We struggle to move forward, to be confident. It makes us anxious and we feel betrayed.

For me, one of my greatest fears is another relapse. Facebook has a new application which shows you memories from past years. What stood out for me this week was a photo from a year ago while I was undergoing plasma exchange. It reminds me of a time when my muscles were so fatigued I could not swallow properly, walk more than a few meters unsupported and couldn't stand up from the toilet independently, to mention only a few impairments. While I'm grateful for my current functional state, the fear of regression is always at the back of my mind.

What is it to truly not be a slave to fear. It is not being controlled by my fear, not feeling trapped, but being able to decide for myself how I will interpret my situation.

The contrast is of course highlighted by the completion of the verse…. I am a child of God.
I belong, I am cared for, I don't need to have all the answers. I can still acknowledge the fear I have, but it doesn't have to bind me and prevent me from being part of all God has intended.

'So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir'.(Galatians 4:7)


NO LONGER SLAVES

Written by Brian Johnson, Jonathan David Helser, Joel Case

©2014 Bethel Music Publishing (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

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

From my Mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into your family
Your blood flows through my veins

You split the sea, so I could walk right through it
All my fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me, so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God

Comments

  1. I enjoy your post this time a great deal. Most times I feel like we are often prisoners of our own making.

    I hope you will consider joining us this year for RABlog week this year. We have a great set of prompts this year.

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    1. Thanks Rick. I do not have RA therefore have not signed up for the week

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  2. Thank you for this Candice. Fear is so unbelivably crippling isn't it? Those of us who are chronically ill often have a double whammy due to worrying about the deterioration of our health, coupled with the possibility of chemical/hormonal imbalances contributing to fear & anxiety within us. Thank you for the encouragment! #smallvictoriessundaylinkup

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    1. Thank you for the feedback! Always good to hear my post has touched someone's heart.

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