Your Worse Fear

On my way to work each day I pass over the bridge at Alum Creek and almost every time when I approach the bridge…my worst fear rushes over me. Drowning! Is it just me or does anyone else have the fear of flipping their car into the water and being trapped and unable to escape then eventually drowning? Whatever it may be, each of us has something that we fear. But for a non-swimmer like myself, drowning is at the top of the list. One day after I passed the bridge another thought came to mind…I may not be facing my worst fear of physically drowning, however spiritually I face my worst fear everyday…because if I’m not careful I can easily drown spiritually because we face a real enemy.  
 
Imagine that drowning is also your worst fear; you are driving across the bridge and another vehicle hits you and suddenly your vehicle plunges into the water – what used to be your worst nightmare has now become a reality. How would you react? Would you panic? Scream maybe? As you sit in the vehicle watching it slowly fill up with water starting to sink so does your hope.  The mind starts to race and your emotions heightens because the end may be near. However in an instant, someone reaches down and pulls you out of the car brings you to safety saving your life. How relieved would you feel? How much hope for the future will you now have. How many things that once flashed before your eyes with regret are now put into perspective. This is what we need to recognize as Christians – that the enemy comes at us from all angles over and over in waves and waves attempting to drown us to keep us in the undertow of life, to distract us in our walk with the Lord. If we’re not careful we can easily be lost in our selfish desires that we begin to lose our identity in Christ. Lucky for us, there is a life+guard on duty and He walks on water.
 
We were all dead because of sin, slowly drowning in this temporary life into an eternity of hopelessness, but Jesus Christ, God’s Son, stepped down from His heavenly place and reached down to rescue and redeem us, giving us new hope for a future with Him in eternity. We were all unconscious spiritually but Scriptures comfort us in knowing that …if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17.  So we rise up from the watery grave conscious and aware of the spiritual battle ahead, we put on our wetsuit which is the amour of Christ and get ready for our swim. No matter how far you sink, remember, Jesus came and swam these waters as well…For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 so He is the one who you hold on and lean into when you feel like you’re drowning, slipping under. Don’t get caught in the waves of life and begin to lose hope, keep treading water and head toward the shore because the shoreline is where the reward is and everything else is a just ripple effect “…for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4.
 
Danny Boodoo

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