Little 5-year-old Johnny was in the kitchen as his mother made supper one evening. She asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup. But he didn’t want to go in alone.

“It’s dark in there and I’m scared,” he told her.

So she asked again. But he persisted. Finally she said, “It’s okay—Jesus will be in there with you.”

Johnny walked hesitantly to the door and slowly opened it. He peeked inside, saw the dark, and started to leave when all at once an idea came:

“Jesus, if you’re in there, would you hand me a can of tomato soup?!?”


Everyone has fears. And maybe today you’re like little Johnny when it comes to fear in your life. No, you may not be afraid of the pantry, but perhaps there’s something that stops you in your tracks and paralyzes you with fear… like sickness… loneliness… abandonment… or death.

But Scripture couldn’t be clearer. The perfect love of Jesus Christ, who loves you so much that He died for you, can drive out any fear in your life. And if you have truly entered a love relationship with Him, then you have the power in you to overcome your greatest fears.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18

Don’t let fear hinder your life. Instead, live in victory over it by trusting in the love of Christ that lives in you to be bold— and live boldly for Him.

Prayer Challenge: Ask God to remind you of the depth of Christ’s love for you. When you do, you’ll be empowered to overcome fear as you cling to the promise that there’s no safer place to be.

[ from https://www.seniorlivingministries.org ]


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