June 16, 2022

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Romans 8:15 KJV (King James Version)

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Pastor's Commentary

The emotion of fear is not always negative. It can be a natural response when we encounter a life-threatening situation. But the Apostle Paul is not talking about a fear of snakes, spiders, or rats; he is speaking about the fear of condemnation for our sins.

Fear came as a result of the sin in the Garden of Eden. Adam was afraid when he heard the LORD God (Genesis 3:10). It has a sense of holy reverence, apprehension, and uncertainty about future punishment.

Fear is a natural human emotion; we all have anxiety and apprehension about certain things. The problem comes when we allow fear to imprison us. Thus, Paul warns Timothy of the “spirit of bondage,” which has a demonic source.

The spirit of bondage uses fear to keep us from being all that God has called us to be. When we feel his attack, we must remember who we are, the children of God. The Spirit of adoption was given to override fear. So, the next time fear grips you, cry out to your  Spiritual Daddy (Abba).