Will you identify with me?

Fear can be a truly crippling emotion. It can leave us haunted by the “what ifs”, “if onlys”, and “I should have” that come as we second-guess our own failure to do or say something.

Joseph of Arimathea is a secret disciple of Jesus. Out of fear, he had not publicly identified himself with Christ. He feared men and their retaliation or mockery or even worst—their persecution.

Joseph was afraid of people—and sometimes we are as well. We are afraid of wagging tongues and mean-spirited looks. Hence, we are afraid to stand up and declare of Christ that “I am His and He is mine.”

As we wrestle with fear, let us remember what the Bible tells us: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18 niv).

The paralyzing nature of fear can be destroyed as we surrender to the perfect love of the One who can cast out our fears.

Will you stand up and identify with Him today?

10 replies
  1. Clover Barker
    Clover Barker says:

    Hi there, I’d love to be able to share these articles with others esp. the youth in my Church. I’m not seeing how to do so via e-mail. Please advise.
    The above article is very edifying and inspirational. Thanks and blessings.

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  2. kukki
    kukki says:

    Speaks to me a lot, who knows i might react the same as Joseph of arimathea given the times and circumstances. Fear is indeed one of the enemy’s most powerful ancient weapons that is used against believers. Thank God that He has given us the solution so we can stand up and identify we Him.

  3. zipporah
    zipporah says:

    fear is lack of faith in foreseeable future and it may be too demotiving to an individual.faith come by hear and hearing the word of the lord.

  4. min xiong
    min xiong says:

    Romans8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.
    Thank God for able to attend service today in time,amen
    May this holiday(easter)be as good as any day in our life,till our Lord come again,ask and pray in the name of Jesus,we give thanks,grace,power,glory,wisdom,praise to him,amen

  5. Rosemary Wangari
    Rosemary Wangari says:

    I am really grateful to God to have read this message about fear and identifying myself with Christ.
    I have one question how can I be made perfect in love?

  6. min xiong
    min xiong says:

    God heal,he is good,bottom back of legs pain gone,have done patrolling duty in work place,give thank,praise,glory,power to him,may God pardon me and help to forgive others,pray and ask in the name of Jesus,Amen

  7. Kim Baniqued
    Kim Baniqued says:

    I read ODB everyday, and one thing that it always reminds me is, be proud to be a Christian. Yes, we are all Christians, because we are all believers of God, but, not all of us are TRUE Christians. Only few are people receive Jesus as their Savior. I can say that I am a true Christian. I love God, and I am ready to walk with Him.

    • min xiong
      min xiong says:

      Thank God who choose human before the earth is created,He first love us,His command are for us to have strength to follow,trust and obey,pray and ask in the name of Lord Jesus,give thanks,glory,power to him,the creator of the universe,amen

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