What brings fear to the forefront of your thoughts? What circumstances in life cause you to think you won't make it? Most of us as adults fear lions, tigers and bears. But a newborn baby who has no input regarding these things is not afraid them. Are they dangerous? Yes, but the baby does not know it because he has no experience to tell him otherwise. He is innocent regarding the threat. Many of the fears we have are the result of the input in our lives. Our experience has caused us to forfeit our innocence. Adam and Eve had no fear in the garden because of the innocence they had with the Father. However, the same sin that made them guilty before God also made the things that once caused no fear to be dangerous.
So how do we regain the innocence that God intended us to enjoy? The answer is in the blood of Jesus. The reason for their innocence was that they had no sin. 1 John 1:9 says that when we confess our sins God forgives us and then CLEANSES us from ALL unrighteousness. In other words, THE SIN IS GONE! There's no record of it. Colossians 1:22 (NLT) says we are holy and blameless and stand before him without a single fault. This explains how a perfect God is able to love imperfect people without any conditions on His love. HE SEES US AS FAULTLESS OR PERFECT! The bad news is sometimes we struggle to receive His love because we don't see ourselves as faultless or innocent. The good news is He always sees us this way and graciously and generously pours His love all over us. His decision is to see us as innocent because of what Jesus did on the cross. When we see ourselves as God sees us, we are then in a position to receive His perfect love (1 John 4:18) which expels fear.
As I reflect on my history with God I see nothing that tells me He will ever let me down. Instead I see that time and time again He has come through with everything I ever needed. I can face life head on with confidence knowing that my Father is protecting His innocent child and helping me grow in spite of the challenges to love that I face on a regular basis.
The challenge to each of us is this: To renew our thinking to the word of God. To make the choice to see what He sees. To enjoy a relationship with a Father who chooses to see our innocence instead of our sin.