Christmas Fear

There is a good bit of fear in the Christmas story.  Every time the angels appear (Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, etc.), they begin the conversation with “Fear not!”

Can you imagine the real life fear that Mary had as a young girl processing the whole virgin birth miracle?  Or Joseph’s fear regarding his reputation?  How about the fear this young family must have had as refugees in Egypt?

I’m dealing with some fear in my life, some rational, some not so rational.  It seems like the middle of the night is the worst.  I’m trying to appropriate the truth that we sing about in one of our favorite Christmas carols:

“The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.”

I felt the grace of Christ in a Peanuts clip that has made its way around the social media block the last few weeks.  As you watch this Christmas clip, take notice of when Linus drops his security blanket (click on image). . .

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With the words “Fear not,” Linus drops his much needed security blanket.  I am asking Jesus to help me drop the insecurities that I seem to cling to.

I believe that the perfect love of Jesus Christ casts out all fear.  I believe that all of our fears have been fully met in Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection.

If you have fear, declare the truth of the Gospel story.  Say it out loud.  See if your insecurities seem to drop away.

Merry Christmas.

 

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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