To be tough is to live your life with no fear. The devil lies, the Bible says he is the father of lies. He uses lies to create fear so that he can control people, to hold them captive to do his will rather than God’s. For us to be able to discern what is true and what is a lie is not the issue, the issue is that nothing causes us to fear, nothing, especially not death. Death is our great graduation into glory, into the presence of the Lord, when we get our glorified body. For believers our death is the most positive event in our life. But the devil has manipulated, lied, and intimidated until we are afraid of our greatest promise and event in all of life, crazy!
Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
As people having been created in the image and likeness of God, we were created for freedom. Our salvation has set us free from fear, set us free from the devil, and has set us free from tyrants who attempt to control us through fear.
Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Because I am free from the devil, the world system, and my own flesh I can choose to live life as free person. I can choose to love anybody, no matter how unloveable they might be, I can choose to be kind and gracious to mean spirited, grouchy people, I am free to do what is right and not be controlled by their rudeness. I am free to forgive anybody of anything, I don’t have to let bitterness control my life. I am, free to rejoice always, grumble about nothing, and be happy and fun to be around. I don’t have to let circumstances dictate my mood, my attitude, or my behavior, because I am free.