1 John 4:18.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
The scriptures are filled with the words ‘fear not.’ Over and over again the Word of God drives home the fact that fear has no place in the believer’s life, yet we often find ourselves fretting and worrying about things that are out of our control. Worry is the complete opposite of trust and faith and as the little chorus goes, it asks a very pointed question, “Why worry, when you can pray?” Why do we fall under the torment of fear and distrust when we know that we have a sovereign, all-knowing, all present all perfect, God of love, who sits on His throne at all times, directing the finest, most intricate detail our lives with His all-powerful hand?
In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul reminds us “That God hath not given the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Trust in a perfect God brings peace to an agitated, fearful mind. We can’t trust and worry at the same time. When we know the Lord and enjoy a personal relationship with Him, we have the Spirit of the living God dwelling within us and the spirit of fear has to leave. It cannot take up residence in the heart of a trusting soul and within the heart of one that truly knows who God is.
To trust doesn’t mean that struggles won’t come our way and that troubles won’t knock on our door, but through them, the Holy Spirit gives us an unexplainable peace beyond our understanding. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 7. The Lord carries us through, enabling us to fight off the power and destruction of the enemy’s fear! What peace is ours when we become like little children and with child-like faith, trust God to bring us through. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”.
As Christ Ones, and those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, our sins are forgiven and cast into the sea, to be remembered no more. They’re done, they’re over and they’re gone. We have accepted God’s plan of salvation and perfect love and we have no need to fear judgment from our most perfect God of perfect love because we’ve settled our account with the One who paid the debt for our freedom from the punishment we deserve. Yes, He’s an all righteous God and the all righteous judge and He will come again to judge, but He comes to judge those outside of His love; those who have chosen not to trust in Christ, the spotless lamb who died on the cross shedding His blood for their reconciliation to God. If you are outside of His plan of salvation today, and you’ve never asked Christ to forgive you, then you will fear and have reason to fear, because His perfect love does not dwell within you, nor you in Him, and God Himself says, there will be a payback day, when God will take action against the evil and the sin that has never been repented of. Our hope is in the Lord as 2 Corinthians 6:2 tells us, “At the right time I heard you, and on a day of salvation I helped you. Listen, now is really the “right time”! Now is the “day of salvation!”.
Our relationship with God has to be more than a head knowledge of God because a head knowledge won’t save us. It has to be a heart knowledge out of true repentance. When we know, that we know, that we know His Spirit indwells us we have His perfect love empowering us and motivating us to go and be and do all that He has for us to do in His kingdom work, without fear, because, remember…“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.’.
Oh couldn’t we all just use a heaping dose of God’s grace today~ right now ~ this moment? A tight wrap-a-round of His protective arms just covering us in our vulnerabilties and strengthening us in our weaknessess? Oh yeah, we need to go deeper with Him today. Go deeper into His ever-loving love and know that he cares even for the littlest of the little. All those fears that tug at the heart and all those insecurities that well up inside? He’s what we need for all that stuff! Those protective arms of our almighty and sovereign One stretched out over the cross for you, with a love so great no one can fathom it! No one can understand it! But you can know it was for you, just as you are, with no strings attached.
So today, reach out to the One who can take it all and speak peace into those dark corners of your world. Those places where anxieties lurk and rejections haunt and yeah those insecure places where any strengths go unnoticed.
Today, right now, “Come let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, for He is God. We are the people He watches over. The Flock under His care. Psalm 95: 6, 7. Our Psalmist knew the Great King’s care. He was assured of His protection much like a shepherd protects his flock. The great creator of heaven and earth is our maker, so beautiful soul, in all of our vulnerable state, with our inadequacies and our insecurities and in those trying moments and fearful issues, sing with Psalmist today as he sang in Psalm 95:1, 2, 3, 4, “Come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing Psalms of praise to Him. For the Lord is a great God. A Great King above all gods. He holds in His hands the depths of the earth.”
Yeah so you can know today, right now, this moment, Those same hands took the nails and those same arms outstretched the cross to reach you, to hold you, to protect you, to carry you, to love you and to grace you. So lets you and I and we and us go deeper today into His presence and saturate in His most amazing grace!
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So, beautiful soul, there you sit in what seems like a heap of troubling, unsettling circumstances and it’s all got your mind wrapped up tighter than tight in a confused and chaotic state ~ Ahh….You need direction for the next move but your fear is bigger than your willingness to make it. Fear is such a powerful thing isn’t it? ~ binding us so in it’s poison ivy grip? ~ and you’ve found yourself in one big mess of it. It leaves it mark on your soul and your heart, and it’s not easily remedied. It comes in surround sound and it gets so dramatic doesn’t it, when it plays on our emotions and sets the mind in tumultous turmoil? ~ To stand against it seems like a heavy, daunting and impossible task.
Well ~ beautiful you, when fear has you bound, it’s not God writing your story ‘cuz He’s not the author of fear. He writes peace on your heart and gives a sound mind. He’s all for the joy and the hope that He offers to His children and that’s what He gives so generously if we’re willing to receive it from His hand of grace. He desires to cover us with divine peace that goes beyond our comprehension and He’s provided it in spite of ~ It’s right there for you to step into and claim for your own. God’s peace or the enemy’s fear and doubt? Freedom from fear or caught in it’s web? The choice is really ours.
So, today, let’s remember 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So, beautiful soul, know who you’re up against when fear strikes and know who fights on your behalf for your freedom from it. Step into that peace that God has for His own and speaks of in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” It will be a peace that quietly yet dramatically floods over your soul that you just won’t ‘get’ by understanding it. It will surround you, just by claiming it and faithfully walking in it and so regardless of your messy, trouble and the poison ivy vines ~ you’ll escape and walk through it all unscathed and unharmed. That fear will drop behind as you press on with a new strength and a new trust in the one sovereign God in control of your stuff. It’s all ok now, He’s got it and He’ll take you through it!
God’s peace makes it a beautiful day after all! ~k
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