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“In Christ Alone” Devotional
By Lindsay Williams
Fear is an unwanted friend that most of us wrestle with every day. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointment. Fear of pain. Fear of the unknown. Fear follows us everywhere we go, and we cling to it like a life preserver. Yet, fear is a topic God is very clear about in the Bible: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV).
We are commanded not to live in fear because we have everything we need in the person of Jesus Christ. That’s why He came as a baby. That’s why He died. That’s why He defeated death. So we wouldn’t have to be afraid.
No guilt in life, no fear in death / This is the power of Christ in me /
From life's first cry to final breath / Jesus commands my destiny
Those who are not in Christ think death is the end, but believers know better. Death is only the beginning. His life, death and resurrection were not in vain. His death sealed our destiny. Whatever comes our way in this earthly life, we can rest in the assurance that we serve a just God who cares about even the most mundane parts of our day.
He came so that we may have life, and in the midst of that beautiful exchange, He gave us freedom. Freedom from sin. Freedom from addiction. Freedom from jealousy. And above all, freedom from fear.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33, NIV).
God promises to give us just enough grace for each day, but we must fix our eyes on Jesus and not allow the distractions this world hurls at us to deter us. His love for us is unconditional. His sacrifice, unmatched. His grace, sufficient. Everything we need for this day is found in Christ alone.
I find my strength, I find my hope
I find my help, in Christ alone
When fear assails, when darkness falls
I find my peace, in Christ alone
I give my life, I give my all
I sing my song, to Christ alone
The King of kings, the Lord of all
All heaven sings, to Christ alone