Release your fears at Christmas
By Rick Warren
— December 16, 2009
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid." Luke 2:10 (NIV)
Christmas is not just a season, but it is a time specifically
chosen by God for Jesus to come to earth: "But when the right time finally
came, God sent his own Son." (Galatians
Knowing that Christmastime
is God's chosen time teaches us that Christmas
is the time for us to release our fears.
What are the things you're worried about? The economy?
Your health? Your bills? Your
kids? Are you worried about the future? The fact is there are lots of reasons
to be afraid in today's world, but God's message at Christmastime is "Don't be
afraid!" (Luke 2:10 NIV) Release
your anxieties; let go of your fears.
It's interesting to note that there are 365 verses in the
Bible that say, "Fear not." God provided us with one 'fear not' message for
every day of the year! Do you think God is saying, "Get the message. Don't be afraid!"
Why does he want us to get the message? Because a lot of
people are afraid of God! But God says we
do not need to be afraid of him. He is for us; not against us.
And with the birth of Jesus, God shows he is with us.
This Christmas release your fears to the God who says we no
longer need to be afraid.