I must admit, however, that if I was to be totally honest, my greatest fears are not of things that could hurt me physically
Reference: v.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: There are many different fears that people have in life. Some people fear flying in airplanes while others fear spiders. The list of phobias is wide and varied. I must admit, however, that if I was to be totally honest, my greatest fears are not of things that could hurt me physically. I fear that people will discover how insecure I am, I fear that people will think that I’m stupid and I fear that I will be rendered useless. These things I fear are not physical threats to me but that doesn’t make them any less real to me.
Application: When the Apostle Paul talks about the threats to our faith it is no surprise that he mentions things of a spiritual nature rather than of physical nature. Sure, in some parts of our world people suffer serious physical injury by standing up for their faith. However everyone will suffer some spiritual attacks at some time. This may come in complacency, in negative thoughts, in bad leadership but its good for us to be aware that we will face struggles in our faith. Just because we have made one solid commitment to Christ does not mean we are exempt from such struggles. And so, just as we must be on guard for our physical health we also must work on our spiritual health. There is much to separate us from God and yet that is the most dangerous place we can be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may we never be far from Your love. Amen.
What are your greatest fears?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.