There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18 NKJV
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I don’t think there is a single part of my life where I haven’t dealt with fear.
I worry about my kids, my husband/marriage, my loved ones, money, health, the state of our world, life, the future, what everyone is thinking, how will I have enough time next week, and don’t you dare show me a picture of a snake unless you want me to slap you. Put one in front me? Well, you’re just mean. All of that at some point has deeply scared me… and some I deal with on a daily basis.
God doesn’t want us to fear. There a numerous times in the Bible that fear is mentioned, and over and over again it is stated that we have no reason for it. For our minds to comprehend that is impossible, though, right? With what we see on the news and happening to those around us?
When our faith is in God, when we know His love and let it envelop us, our focus on Him and making everything else fall behind it… That is when we are able to live without fear.
Why? Because we know that we are putting our love and trust into the creator of the universe, and He has our best interest in mind. His love forces every fear to leave us, but only once we put our full and complete trust in Him.
A servant cannot serve two masters. Love and fear cannot reside in the same house. Which one is living in your heart? Don’t allow yourself to be tormented. Choose love.
How many of us worry?
Show of hands?
That’s what I thought… It only comes natural. It’s what we do… But we’re not supposed to. Tough stuff, huh?
I had an extremely close friend call me a few days ago with potentially bad news about her health. It can go one of two ways. You know… Good, which would be awesome! Or… The dreaded “C” word. This friend and her family have NO time for this. Another dear friend of mine is facing other physical ailments and pain. I worry for both of them…
I can’t help but say, “God, why? Why now? Why at all?”
He reminded me of Philippians 4:19-20
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
When things like this in life happen… whether the every day worry or the great worry… it’s all up to Him. He knows what’s going on. He knows what he’s doing. Better than we could ever understand.
In other scripture he says:
22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
God does not want us to worry. He wants us to cast our fear, worries, burdens, etc… upon Him! He has not given us a spirit of Fear, but that of a sound mind!!! (2 Timothy 2:7) There is no reason for us to sit and twiddle our thumbs and say “Oh my, this is bad. Can’t do anything, so I’ll just sit here and worry…”
It is the time to get on our knees as He has called us to do and give it all to him!
Will you join me? Will you let me know what to pray for in your circumstance? I don’t make an offer I don’t promise to follow through on…