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What is it that you fear most? We all face obstacles and setbacks in our lives that cause us to be afraid. For you, it may be financial. It may be marital. It may be your health or the health of someone you love.

Fear can keep you from achieving your best and drive you to make poor decisions—decisions you will later regret.

But what if it were possible to live without fear? How would life be different?

Jesus taught his early followers that they didn’t have to be afraid—not because there’s nothing to be afraid of, but because he was with them. In other words, Jesus taught them not to be afraid even when there’s something, or someone, to be afraid of.

Like many things Jesus taught, the command not to be afraid seemed impossible and unrealistic to his followers. Although Jesus performed many miracles, healed many people, and even walked on water, his followers were still fearful. In fact, when Jesus died they all ran away because they were so afraid.

But then something happened that changed everything: Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection punctuated everything he taught and everything he claimed to be. When his followers saw a resurrected savior, they became fearless.

What made all the difference in the world was not another lesson or another lecture; it was that they witnessed Jesus die and rise again. His followers realized that death itself—the ultimate enemy—had been defeated. And when they lost their fear of death, things less than death were not as scary. They had finally learned, as Jesus said, “to fear not those that can only harm the body but cannot harm the soul,” and something happened to them on the inside.

What began as a completely unrealistic command—“Fear not”—became a way of life. Early Christians became known for their fearlessness, even in the face of extreme hardship and danger.

What if “Fear not” became a way of life for you? Because of Jesus, you don’t have to be afraid even when there’s something to be afraid of.

Living without fear changes everything.

It’s your move.

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