I John 4:18 (ESV) There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Tiptoeing as to not wake my sleeping princess and reaching down to pick up some laundry, suddenly without warning, she sits straight up in bed frantically asking, “What happened to the other girl?” Clearly distressed, I assure the other girl is fine and will text her in the morning before tucking her back in bed and stealing some kisses from her forehead. She mumbles and snuggles back in the mound of covers. Our girls all have been known to carry on conversations in their sleep and sometimes even become sleepwalkers. I chuckled as I left the room, but then as usual the Lord begins to speak to my heart.
My daughter knows my voice. When I speak to her, it calms her and relieves most of her fears. Why? She loves me and trusts me. When she called out into the darkness, she was met with an answer that brought her peace and she melted back into rest. Oh, Lord Jesus, when will I learn to cast off fear so easily? To trust you with the childlike faith that takes you immediately at Your Word as my children do mine? There is no fear in love, yet even strong believers struggle to live fearless lives full of faith. The reality of life seems to be the reality when all along the Lord offers us perfect peace because our life is full of unfailing love and sufficient grace. He will provide, protect and prosper us just like He promised yet most Christians live in fear each and every day of things that will never happen yet occupy their thoughts and overtake their heart.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (ESV) For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Whoever fears has not been perfected in love. Fear is no respecter of persons. It will prey on the saved and unsaved. It will lure us into darkness or attempt to pull us from the light. It is the greatest weapon of the enemy to use our mind against us. First, there is fear of God and punishment. Fear that pushes us from the love of the Father for His Children. Once coming to the Lord – there is the constant fear that one cannot live up to God’s Expectations or Regulations. None of this is true – yet still produces the same foreboding. Fear is false evidence appearing real. It is not based on truth but a lie. God did not give us the spirit of fear. He gifted us with power, love and self-control.
Jesus Christ is the power that resides in us. Given over to His Grace, it is His Perfect Love and the Blood offered in exchange for our freedom that allows us to live fearless lives. There is no further penalty or punishment to be imputed to the believer just grace upon grace and glory to glory. Perfect love will cast out fear. It causes us to be overcome with confidence through natural and spiritual relationships. Love can make you do some crazy things. But then comes the tricky one called self-control. A fearless life is a discipline. We must learn to live apart from fear. Our body and mind are not going to work with us on this and are innately wired for survival. You are not created or called for mere survival, it is God’s Plan and Purpose that you will thrive and prosper in this life until you enter the everlasting. Fear will keep you from it, but faith will overcome fear every time.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (ESV) For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
Christ lives in you. You have all of His Power and Authority residing on the inside of you. You have the perfect love that casts out fear. You are not subject to punishment and free to live a victorious life overcoming every obstacle in Jesus Name. However, do you have the self-control to turn every burden, care, worry and fear over to Jesus? Do you have the discipline to allow His Spirit to teach you to walk in love, peace and joy as a product of faith planted where fear used to flourish? We must face our fears and expose them as lies. Truth will always expose the lie and rid it of power in our life. The Word is the Truth that governs us as believer. We must learn to weed our heart and mind ridding it of all of doubt’s productivity and sowing seeds of faith from the Word to grow in its place. You must overcome fear by having a made up mind. We must destroy the arguments against God’s Faithfulness. We must refute every lofty opinion against the Knowledge of God to take captive our thoughts and making them obedient to Christ which always produces victory in our life through faith and trust. We must believe and therefore obey the Word of God completely rejecting the lie of the enemy that it is somehow lacking or lost its power.
Mark 4:40-41 (ESV) He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
The disciples who walked and talked with Jesus every day experienced fear. These men feared the storm and even questioned His Care for them. When there was no logical way to feed the masses, they brought their cares and concerns to the Teacher. At the transfiguration, yet again they melted in fear. Even on the way to the Cross, those who celebrated His Triumphant Entry calling Him, “King of kings and Lord of lords” went into hiding even denying ever knowing Jesus. Fear. Fear makes us do crazy things. Confidence in Christ requires overcoming fear. It is not a one-time effort but a lifetime pursuit of more faith to fill the voids.
When the ruler came to Jesus to ask Him to heal his sick child, someone from his house came to tell him not to bother the healer – it was too late. His daughter was dead. Jesus said, “Do not fear; only believe and she will be well.” How many times do we stop believing when encountering the impossible? Fear tells us that it’s a dead end and to go back. Today, I declare over your life that fear has to go in Jesus Name because NOTHING is impossible with God. Every chain is breakable. Every disease can be healed. Shame cannot keep you locked up anymore because grace has forced it out. God’s Word is coming alive in you. Every place in your life thought to be barren is being plowed today by the thought that the Lord can and will do the things that He has promised. Fear must go where faith abounds and it is beginning to rise up in you.
Romans 8:14-15 (ESV) For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Cry out to the Father today. Let Him set you free of fear today. Perfect love is not found in humanity but only in a right relationship with the Father offered to us through His Son. The Spirit of God will lead you from fear to faith but my friend you must be willing to go. Fear builds a wall around us that must be pushed through from the inside out. No one can free you from fears that you are not willing to let go. Give your burdens, cares and worries to God – He loves you. He is for you. He promises never to let the righteous fall. You must learn to rest on His Promises to experience His Peace. He will teach you. As my daughter called in the darkness and was met with mama’s voice to comfort her and answer her – your Father in Heaven has truth to dispel every lie, solutions for every problem, provision for every need, and He will be the Comforter to those who just need to hear His Voice and know they are never alone. He is a Good Father! He created you to live fearless and courageously in His Love.
Matthew 10:30-31 (ESV) But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
I Peter 5:6-8 (ESV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.