357. God Leads; Fear Drives

Romans 8:14-15 NKJV  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  (15)  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Bondage isn’t from God.  Anything that has us bound up in any area of our life is NOT from God.  Bondage leads to fear, which tells me that when fear is present (at any level) there is an element of bondage there.  What do I mean by that? 

Romans 8:14 tells us that the Spirit of God leads.  That’s important to remember.  Our Father God leads us.  Our Heavenly Father leads us by His Spirit and He wants us to follow.  I remember when my children were first crawling and then beginning to walk.  I’d bend down a few feet away from them.  Extending my hands to them I’d begin to beckon them to come towards me. “C’mon, Cannon, just one more step.  Atta boy!”  “Mira, you are doing great.  C’mon just a little bit more you’re almost there.”  Every week, I see parents and grandparents in church or at the park doing the same thing.  What are they doing?  Leading, guiding and encouraging their children experience a new level of victory, success, and freedom.  That’s exactly what the Father God does for His children.  He leads us.  He says, “Come on follow me.  I’ve got some amazing things for you right over here.”

Fear, on the other hand, doesn’t lead people.  Fear drives people.  Fear intimidates and pushes people to do or not do things.  Fear drives people to make decisions and do things.  If you don’t believe me just go sit outside of a local car lot and watch the people that come in, shopping for a new car.  Many sales associates will use fear tactics to pressure people into buying a car that isn’t exactly the car they were looking for in the first place.  These kinds of sales tactics along with other forms of popular marketing: “While supplies last,”  “Get yours before they’re gone,” etc. are ploys to get people to make impulsive decisions motivated and driven by their fears.

Anytime you start to feel that pressure, “I’ve just got to do this…  I’ve just got to buy this…  What if it’s not here tomorrow?”  STOP!  You are getting over to that place of anxiety.  A place of worry.  You are getting over into a place of FEAR.  And there is bondage in fear.  Our Heavenly Father doesn’t want us in bondage.  He did not give us a spirit of bondage again to fear. He gave us the Spirit of adoption by which we cry out “Abba, Father.”  Our Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to be driven by fear.  He wants us to be led by the Spirit.