All of us have experienced fear. We fear speaking in front of a group of people or we are frightened in other situations. Most of us can think of a time when fear held us back from doing something we should have done. It is the thing that keeps us from trying. However, “love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” 1 John 4:18 The presence of fear reveals a lack of wholly believing in the Gospel, because the Gospel is the truest and greatest revelation of love. Through belief in the Gospel, all fear is cast out.
Each of us has experienced pride. It is the natural condition of all our hearts without the presence of Christ through the transformation of the Gospel. We are inclined to think too much of ourselves. We rely too much on what we have by nature. It is the first sin from the Garden of Eden, and the one Satan knows best. C.S. Lewis said, “it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” He goes on to make the case that without the presence of Pride no other sin can be committed because to break the first commandment one must elevate themselves above God.
We have all experienced deadness. It is the “season” you are going through and don’t want to tell anyone about. It leads you away from regular prayer, involvement in Christian community, and continuously reading the Bible. It starts slowly and takes over your entire life. God feels so distant, and you lack the motivation to reach out to him.
Fear, pride, and deadness take root in our hearts and minds. They will only be removed by the transforming power of the gospel. The power of the Gospel in the world is:
We can be pure and blameless in the Father’s presence
Fully adopted to sonship
In the unity of all things in Heaven and Earth
Have our full inheritance in our Father and be his full inheritance in the Universe
Sealed with the Holy Spirit guaranteeing all these things until they come to pass