For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. (Romans 6:7-8 CSB)
The born again believer has a union with Christ in both His death and His life. Therefore, if you are a true believer, you have died, and you need to reckon this fact as true.
You are a dead man walking. You freely gave up your life to become a bondservant of Christ when you surrendered at the cross. You freely gave up your life when you died to self in the waters of baptism. And now, you are His.
“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:31. I quoted that verse for someone, and they answered “Satan.” Sure, Satan is against you. The world is against you. People will be against you. Their weapons will be formed, but they cannot, will not, prosper. There is no affliction, no pain, no suffering, no man, no demon that can stand against those in Christ.
If you have freely given up your life, then no one can take it from you. Even if they kill your physical body, they cannot take your soul! WHOM SHALL YOU FEAR? The answer is NO ONE, NOTHING, because not a thing can stand against you. Do not retreat in the face of opposition! David stood against Goliath. It’s the most opportune time for God to work mightily.
A dead man fears nothing, not even death.