Have you ever been tormented or plagued by something, it could have been a thought that said you were not healthy, you were not going to sleep that night, you were going to fail that test, your children weren’t going to turn out well in that overnight hospital stay, and that thought just seems like it nagged you to no end. You tried to shake it, you tried to make that thought that your spouse was cheating go away, you tried to make those thoughts that you could never do a job you actually loved go away, but you never stepped out of that….it crippled you from moving forward in that particular thing.
Did you know fear can be crippling? Fear is daunting and paralyzing. It’s tantalizing and gripping/punishing? Fear is in effect like living in a state of terror without rest for your soul. It is to dread an outcome that is perceived and some people gave it an acronym saying it is: False Evidence Appearing Real. Yet so many people today life with fear. As a believer, we were not given the Spirit of Fear…but The Spirit of power, love and a sound mind. This fear is the fear that would cause you to disbelieve any of the promises in God’s word and not to settle those promises in your heart as the final word of His power that has authority in your life.
This doesn’t cancel out the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom, we are to have a reverent respect rightfully toward Yahweh God…and it doesn’t mean that we will not experience the emotion of fear. It simply means that we will have a way to escape that emotion. We do this successfully by knowing and understanding the whole counsel of God and the complete love of God and accepting that as our truth and not the lie we’re being prompted to believe.
Do you know someone in an abusive relationship where she’s constantly called out of her name or battered and controlled??? It may be a sign that she has no revelation of the value God has placed on her/his life and in turn doesn’t know her/his value so she/he subjects herself/himself to fear and stays in a relationship that is literally killing her/him. I heard a story on yesterday of a young lady who had gone to a church for years, she always had a smile and praised God all the same, but was in a very abusive marriage. She confessed she never even left but the revelation of the perfect love of God caused her to begin to act differently and finally he decided that he would leave and she said that was the happiest day of her life. I’m always floored when someone else learns their value and it changes everything about the dynamics of their lives.
Perfect love is the opposite of fear….not FAITH…I know we like to say that. But if we understand this perfect love concept it will change our lives forever. The word perfect depicts completion or maturity. It is a love that is at a level of full growth, and doesn’t need to grow anymore as a toddler or teenager would. This symbolizes there could be stages to the love of God. This kind of love is Agape meaning it’s unconditional and regardless of what our behavior dictates, this love is openly and freely given to those who receive it, at all times.
This perfect love for the sake of time, is the love of Christ fully matured in your life, when you know and understand it so fully that it changes your outlook on everything else. It’s when you’ve chosen to believe every promise in His word and there’s nothing no one can tell you to make you believe that anything could separate you from His love, it’s when you’ve come to a place where you realize you can call on His name and He does hear you and He will answer, because you know if you ask anything according to His will He does hear and He will answer…It’s a matter of faith..that cause you to live in a place of peace, for Only Jesus can give you this peace that passes all understanding which guards your hearts and minds when all the issues I mentioned above try to cause fear and doubt.
Promise #8 can be found in 1John 4:18