It is true...fear has been removed from the equation but many just don't believe it. That's the insidious nature stamped upon the mind alienated from our loving Creator/Father that keeps us from seeing him as he truly is. It's the very thing that distorts the Son, our brother who revealed to us the Father whom we are safe with. What will it take to see this fear and distortion removed when there is a religious establishment (religious mindset) set on keeping it in place today just as there was a religious establishment in Jesus' day set on keeping it in place? Well, I'm not worried about it too much because I am convinced if the thick/tangled view I had lived with can be unraveled by the Spirit, there is a power at work set on doing this very thing in other's minds also. It feels like such a privilege to collaborate with Father, Son and Spirit in this process.
It feels like a page has been torn from the story of my life. The concept of an angry god, more concerned about us getting it right, has been exposed and a loving Father has been revealed through Jesus, and when this happened, repentance began to happen in my heart and mind before I was even aware of what was going on. What years of living with the angry god who was busy keeping a record could not accomplish began to be accomplished. The angry god concept of religion keeps us preoccupied with the flesh/sin and scripture is clear about what the outcome is of a mind set on the flesh...It is death.
When fear is removed and we feel safe to come home, the focus moves from our performance and law (flesh/sin) and a shift takes place. And I found out that this shift just happens when we become immersed in the the beauty and safety of the relationship with Father, Son, and Spirit. What the alienated mind has always been in need of happens, it shifts from a preoccupation on sin and the feelings of unworthiness created by it, to a mind immersed in the Spirit. Life just appears.
What a wonderful day it is when the power of the accusing gaze of another is removed and we can begin to feel comfortable in our human skin because our identity is found/grounded in what Jesus accomplished. In the season of our lives when the lies begin to be exposed and removed and Jesus begins to come into focus is the day Eternal Life begins.
To know him is Eternal Life and fear has no place here.
In a conversation just last week with my wife while we were discussing the changes that have happened in our relationship with our daughter's, I jokingly alluded to my tough approach (wink wink) to them as their father. Her response brought tears of joy to my eyes. She said..."Your daughters don't have one ounce of fear in them when it comes to you." Today I wouldn't want it any other way and this only began to happen in me once the twisted view created by attempting to fuse the angry god kept in place by religion with the Father revealed to us by Jesus was sorted out. The veil has been torn from top to bottom to reveal something so beautiful and so free of fear, and when seen, it can't help but leave us changed. Do you dare believe it?