Love Kills Fear!
Fear can be like a constant companion that's riding on our shoulder, whispering in our ear and feeding us all the details of the enemy's agenda for our lives. As a voice of dread and discouragement, fear is the ultimate Debbie Downer in life, that continuously tries to overshadow every silver lining by clouding our minds with negative thoughts. Lies, innuendos and doubts are the buddies that run with fear and they all work together against the plans and the purposes of God for our lives!
I admit, there have been times when the Father has turned the spotlight on my life and exposed those fears that were lurking in the shadows of my life. It wasn't a good feeling as He took me back over some of the decisions I'd made, the responsibilities I'd shirked and the assignments I'd opted out of because of one reason or another. And while my excuses seemed reasonable at the time, the Father confronted me with the truth, as only He can, and I had to face the reality that fear was the motivating force behind my repeated choices to back down instead of stepping up!
Be it my own inadequacies, my past failures, a concern that people wouldn't like me enough, or that they would like me too much, which would then force me to become more vulnerable, I regularly took the easy way out and followed the path of least resistance.
But can you imagined how saddened I was, when I discovered that all those excuses were tied to an invisible string, that was being held by that demonic spirit name fear. And like a puppet, that spirit, jerked and pulled on me, influencing my thoughts, my word and my actions until I seemingly behaved more like an unbeliever than a believer!
When the Father presented me with an open door, I'd find a reason to step to one side or another, blaming my lack of obedience on one excuse or another, when in reality I was just scared of something new. I was scared of new opportunities, because they came with new responsibilities and new levels of accountability. I was afraid to finish projects that I'd started, out of fear that the outcome might be met with disapproval. So I laid them aside and pursued other projects that were less fruitful, but since they were easier to achieve, the risk of failure was not so great. Yet in the end, I was much less satisfied with my performance and with myself, because deep down, I knew I was better than that!
Thank God that the Father also knew I was better than that and He began to challenge me to rise up to my full potential in Him. While it's true that I had many inadequacies and that the possibility of failure was very real, my biggest failure was failing to factor God into the equation of my life! I had to learn the hard way, that when we consistently disregard God's abilities and put more focus on our inabilities, then that affects our faith.... As fear is the enemy of faith!
Fear also affects our ability to give and receive love, so when we succum to the enemy of our faith, we cheat ourselves out of love as well as the blessings that the Father has placed before us. Faith works by love, yet when we allow fear to prevail in our lives, our love and our faith can both falter!
So how do we turn all this around? That's easy! We must get back to the basics on what the Father says about faith and love and our ability to flow effectively in both! We must embrace the Word of God, and read it, eat it, speak it and believe it until God's truth and His reality of His love becomes our governing guides!!!
Here are some solid words of truth that can begin the journey to experiencing faith on a totally new level!
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."
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." (NIV)
1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (NIV)
1 Corinthians 13:8, "Love never fails."
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."
1 John 4:16 "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in them." (NIV)
This last scripture was key in helping me release fear and flow in faith! This word taught me that if I abide in God and live in His love, then fear can't touch me! I learned that every opportunity that God brings, is actually a manifestation of His love for me. And since I know that I can trust in the love He has for me, then I know that He won't let me fail! As long as I stay connected with Him and I trust Him to lead, guide, cover and protect me, there is no one or nothing to fear!
I know that faith does indeed work by, through and because of His love and that allows me to see my life in an entirely light, and that's in the light of God's love!
Therefore... FEAR HAS NO POWER OVER ME!!!
And this is my prayer for you...
Father God, please draw near to my brother and my sister and bless them with a fresh revelation of your love! Let the see, in a uniquely personal way, that love never fails and that it drives out every bit of fear! Teach us to focus on your abilities as we yield to your hand upon our lives and bless us to live and abide in the light of your love!
In the name of Jesus,
Amen & Amen!!!
I Bless God!