When fear meets Truth


True honesty can be, frankly, rather frightening. Secrets tempt us with empty promises of control, threats of vulnerability that are terrifying. 

Fear is the opposite of Truth. A lie that so easily grows and grabs hold of our soul. Fear of the unknown, fear of the enemy, fear of our own selves. Each consuming us and deceiving us with every passing day we try to keep it under-wraps. 

Yet, it is in Truth that our fears are dissipated, in Truth that they are replaced with a peace that transcends all our human abilities.

Our God knows us from the inside out. Still, we must remove the layers in which we bundle up our most frightening truths, we must reveal the core of our hearts, the grey areas and the lies we’ve absorbed, if we ever truly want Him to shine light into the darkness.

If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
— 1 John 1:6

He unravels us in the most gentle way. In telling Him, we do not narrate but we surrender, opening our hearts to the fullness of His saving grace. We grant Him permission to permeate even the darkest of our fears, to teach us His Truth where the world has taught us otherwise. 

Our God is an intimate God, surface emotions and empty promises are not on His radar. He made us for so much more than that. It is into this intimacy that we must bring our fears, willing to expose those truest feelings to with Him, allowing Him to burn through them with His fiery love. Our complete honesty. His liberating Truth.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
— Galatians 5:1

The Truth will set you free. But, only when we allow it to penatrate and radically change our whole hearts, not only those parts of our lives we deem safe to reveal. Truth is a daily decision to stand in our freedom. A decisive statement that we will not be enslaved or enchained. Our chains fall off the moment we bring them before Jesus.

Whilst writing this may seem like a victory, actually living these words out is where it counts. This became all too clear to me this week, challenged by my own words. I had poured out my honesty to God the day I gave Him my heart, yet I needed to pour it all out to Him again. Wave after wave.
In a battle against self-consciousness, self-image, worth and measuring achievement, I surrendered my ways to His, I traded my anxieties for His Truths, I refused to let my identity be controlled by anything but Him. I'm no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.

If you’re reading this today, tired of hiding away your heart and scared of surrendering what you've spent so long suppressing, remember His invitation to reach in and take away your fears and your aches, His unconditional offer of grace.

To accept this offer is to know the Truth, and to live in His Truth, is immeasurably more than we could ever ask for.


TruthTom Olyott