I John 4:16-18 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
Today’s passage starts with “we know”. We know how much God loves us. This statement alone is probably the most life changing truth a believer could ever take hold of. To be completely confident and certain of the love of God solidifies His Intentions for us of grace, goodness, kindness, favor and the plethora of other things that His Word signifies ownership of. He gave His Son as a sacrifice for sin chosen by His Created Ones in order to give us access to His Love again. His Love for us is intentional. Yet, many live uncertain of God’s Love for them. To be uncertain means not completely confident or sure of something. Uncertainty makes us unable to rely on God, know Him fully or become disciplined in pursuing Him. How can I know that God loves me for sure? There is only one way…you must trust Him.
“The path toward wisdom is not taken by steps, but by our choices.” (Erwin McManus) Foolishness is not a product of a lack of the right information but rather comes from our love of the wrong things. The Word of God is full of useful information to improve our lives and the choices made by God’s People. However, the lack of application produces fools. The folly is not in God’s Provision of knowledge but rather in a believer’s decision to choose differently or ignore godly wisdom altogether. It is available to those who choose to read it, study it and apply it to their life. This will produce certainty in the life of a believer. To know God’s Word and trust Him enough to apply it their everyday life in the form of faith.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
God did not give us fear. He did not make humans to be timid. People (Adam and Eve) chose it. The cycle has perpetuated ever since trickling down in to today. God gave Adam and Eve authority and responsibility. The enemy came in the form of uncertainty offering the first choice to fear and doubt God. Well the rest is history. So it is the same in each day, men, women and even children who are stricken by fear and anxiety. It is ancestral. It is generational. It can be overcome by power, love and self-discipline. It begins with one step in the right direction.
Romans 8:37-39 (NLT) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You have overwhelming victory today in Jesus Christ. You do! You may not feel victorious or even somewhat encouraged, but our feelings do not change our future when faith is chosen over fear. I must know and become completely convinced, regardless of conditions or circumstances, that God loves me. Jesus made it possible for me to have a right relationship with God, the Father, once again. It in this reunion that everything changes. Confident hope trumps uncertainty every time. To know that God’s Love for us is complete and nothing can or will ever separate us from Him is good but wisdom comes not in knowing it but applying it to the footsteps of our life. We must walk by faith not by sight. Trust is evident in our actions not in our words. It is the daily decision to reject fear. The enemy has not changed his tactics from the beginning. He will come to you each morning offering you a worry or care. He will continue to work through situations and circumstances to try to distract you and dissuade you from continuing to walk in the Truth. He will meet you at the end of each day with every fault and failure that he can think of to try to kill the faith growing inside of you. It is up to you to just say, “Not today satan” and shove it right back at him.
Choosing to live a life of radical obedience to God’s Word becomes the opportunity to live apart from fear. We no longer fear consequences based on our actions and intentions. (Romans 13:2-4) In failure, His Grace is sufficient … everyday … and always! (2 Corinthians 12:9) We must live in pure and undivided devotion to Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3) This is the relationship that divorces fear and marries faith. It is not a religious gesture but a covenant commitment to seek out and live in the fullness of God’s Love first and foremost every day. Don’t look ahead but keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the step that is before you. Working out our salvation is to remove all doubt and insecurity concerning the Love of God demonstrated through His Son, Jesus. We must know the Love of God to live a life of uncertainty.