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<< Then & Now for Teens, with Dan Darling

Then & Now - Week of March 30

  • 2009 Mar 30

Your Greatest Fear
John 14:27

I know as a young person it’s kind of weird to admit you’re afraid of anything. So you probably walk around acting as if everything is okay and you’re on top of the world. That’s what I did when I was a teen. Sometimes I still do it.

But the truth is that you do have fears. I know you do, because every single person has them. 

  • If you’re a senior, you’re a little scared about college. Will you fit in? Will you be able to keep up your grades? What will your new friends be like? Can you afford it?
  • If you’re dating someone, you’re probably a little worried about your relationships. Will they always like me? What if someone better comes along? What I stop loving them? Will they push me farther than I feel comfortable?
  • If you live in a troubled home, you have a lot of fears. Will I live here next year or will they ship me off to another school and another state? Will my mom and dad keep yelling all the time? Will there ever be peace in my house?
  • If you are prone to getting in trouble, you’re probably thinking, Will they catch me? What will my punishment be? How much longer can I get away with this?

So even if you wear a “No-Fear” T-shirt, everyday, all day, you still have deep-down hidden fears. Those fears can overwhelm you, they can motivate you act in strange ways, they can take over your life.

But there is an answer to fear. It’s a five-letter word called “faith.” In fact, of all the commands Jesus gave in the gospels, his number one command was, “Don’t be afraid.” How is this possible in a world of terrorism, teenage anger, and terrible situations?

Jesus said, “I have overcome the world.” In other words, Jesus says, “Yes, the world is crazy, mixed-up, angry, and evil. But I have conquered it and I’ve done that for you.”

There’s only two choice in life. You can live in fear or you can embrace Jesus Christ. He came to this earth 2000 years ago to do one thing. To defeat sin and death and yes, fear, at the cross. His sacrifice for you and his resurrection spelled the end of fear and the beginning of hope.

Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Simply believe that Jesus died on the cross, paid for your sin, rose again, and that his payment for sin is complete and full. Once you rest your eternal destiny on that fact, God gives you eternal life. He gives you the Holy Spirit.

And if you already know Jesus Christ, you don’t have to live in fear, because “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at