For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:15–16
Today’s passage from Romans reminds us we are all children of God and we can cry aloud, “Abba, Father” anytime we are afraid. Because we are sons and daughters of the living God, just like his beloved Son Christ, we no longer have to be a slave to fear. Perhaps you have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or are already struggling in the early to mid-stage of this disease. Maybe you’re afraid of what lies ahead as your memory, reasoning skills, and decision abilities fade. There is no need to be afraid because your adopted Father will watch out for you because you are His child. Just remain courageous in Christ.
I love what the author, artist, and professional speaker Mary Anne Radmacher wrote about courage when she claimed, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” And that is exactly what you do when dealing with the daily demands of dementia! You remind yourself that if today was not a “good day” you will simply try again tomorrow. There is no need to fear. When you are no longer a slave to fear, then courage fills your spirit. It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul wrote to his beloved friend Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
I can testify our Father has made me fearless of the future, sent His angels to watch over me, and comforts me in ways simple words alone cannot express. Even though I struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, I am not afraid for God is with me providing comfort, strength, courage, and purpose. As I continue to serve Him in some manner, He assures me all will be well and I have nothing to be afraid of for He will never forsake me.
If you’re afraid, simply cry out, “Abba, Father” and His peace will permeate your spirit. Don’t live your life as a slave to fear! The Holy Spirit reminds all God’s children that they are co-heirs with Christ. Was Christ ever afraid? Absolutely not! And since His spirit lives with each of us, we should not be afraid either.
I am not afraid! How about you?