The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 ERV
As I face yet another trial, I’m reminded that it’s not God who makes me afraid. The truth is, fear is simply birthed in my imagination where my mind has determined that what I see in the natural realm is larger than it truly is. This is a very hard concept for those of us who live in this world, but the truth lies in the fact that He who lives in us is greater than anything we can or can’t see.
1 John 4:18 in the Message bible says; God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
I am unable to change situations and circumstances, but the One who lives in me has been known to do that. He spoke and created. He breathed upon man and he became a living soul. He split the Red Sea and His people walked across on dry ground. He planted His Holy Seed in Mary and she gave birth to His Son. He walked on water. He healed the sick and raised the dead. He fed 5000 with a 2 piece fish dinner. He had a plan to buy us back and it came to pass when Jesus gave His life as a final sacrifice for us. He conquered death, hell and the grave, and sits at the right hand of the Father, making intersession for us.
So I will not fear! I won’t fear what man can do or say, I will fear God for I know that nothing is impossible when I trust in Him. I understand His sovereignty. There is absolutely no one that can stand against Him and win. He alone is worthy to receive all glory, honor and praise.
So today, I choose to place my trust in Love, because the perfection of that Love casts out all fear. I don’t like the feelings fear brings, but basking in the light of that perfect Love, warms and refreshes me just as David said in Psalm 23; He leads me by still waters and restores my soul. Even on my walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I won’t fear, for You are with me.
Walking in Peace,