“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.” Luke 12:4

I tried to imagine how I could not fear death!! It is not easy. Not only do I fear death, but I also fear those in authority who are able to harm me. I am afraid of those who are powerful. I am afraid of those who unite against me. Fear comes at me from every direction.
This is not only the death of the body. There are many forms and shapes of death. The Spirit took me to Genesis 29 to show me how Jacob “killed” Leah when he made her feel unloved. How did Jacob speak to her? What harsh language did he use? Where were his sweet words of romance? He despised her in everything she did while appreciating and magnifying the Rachel’s smallest good deeds. Even in his sexual relationships, Leah received rejection while he displayed love and desire for Rachel.

All forms of death cause me fear. But the Lord whispered to me saying, “they have no more that they can do.” He opened my eyes to see. Those in authority are limited in their power. They have no power or authority of my soul. Only God can decide my ultimate fate.
Thank you O Lord that you encourage me saying, “Do not be afraid.” You assured me that “they have no more that they can do.” If my fear returns, I pray that you again strengthen me with your assurances saying:

“Do not be afraid”