Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that it is perfect-or perfected love that drives out fear. We are bid to fight fear as a warrior would fight a battle. Fear is the enemy of faith, and without faith one cannot see or know God. God is love, so without faith, we cannot recognize love, know love, or grow in love. I know; that statement seems odd, doesn’t it?
For a Christian, faith in God is faith in love-because, again, God is love. For an unbeliever, faith in love has God removed from the equation. But it still requires faith to see, know, practice, and grow in love. If you don’t believe, or have faith in someone, you won’t recognize their love for you. You won’t know that love with them, and you won’t grow in love with them. It’s true of self, also. If you don’t have faith in yourself, you won’t know the love you have within, because it grows as it is put to use, and someone with no faith in themselves doesn’t stretch, or reach out very often. Fear robs us of faith, whether we are Christians/believers, practice another religion, or have no religion at all/don’t believe in any higher power.
Some years ago, I began to learn that when fear assails, praise brings the Commander in Chief to the scene. You all know that’s Jesus, right? Yeah, you know. Now, people you tell this to, or who see you praising the Lord in the midst of the disaster, think you are absolutely stark raving crazy. Why aren’t you doing something? I am. I am putting fear on notice; I will not give up this fight. You, fear, will not rule my life. That’s just step one, though. The Bible tells us that our strength lies in quietness and repentance. To repent means to turn around, or to turn back to righteousness, or to God. Something else I found out back then was this: Sometimes you can get going so good, that you forget where you’re going. All of a sudden-you’re not where you’re supposed to be and fear is right there waiting to eat your lunch. Stay calm and backtrack! God’s never so far off that you can’t get back to Him.
The next step(s) is to stand on the Word of God, or the Truth. Jesus is both the Word and the Truth. Believe me, He will not fail you. You will get the answer(s) you need in order to proceed. While you’re waiting, fear is too. There’s a powerful statement in the scriptures. “Get thee behind me, Satan!” That’s usually when I begin to sing praises to the Lord. Satan can’t stand my singing. He hates my voice. All joking aside, the Bible tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. He also has to bow to the Name of Jesus. And, the blood of Jesus stands against him to remind him the price was paid. All this is where I was suspended in time in a way, while I was awaiting word from my husband about my grandson. He was just a few weeks old and doctors thought they’d have to take approximately 1/3 of his lung. I prayed right up to the time they had him in surgery. Twenty minutes after they started, my husband called to say they were not going to have to take any of that little one’s lung. My victory shout was so loud I think several graves at the cemetery opened up. But let me tell you, those months of prayer, hours of prayer, and especially the last minutes, were absolutely terrifying. But love won! The Bible tells us that love never fails.
For each fear, there is a word of love, and act of love, an attitude of love. We just need to be quiet and seek it out. Remember, the kingdom of Heaven is upon, or within us. The Bible tells us love covers a multitude of sins. There’s a dual meaning there. It also means with every temptation to sin, there is an opportunity to overcome by love. When fear arises, love of and for God should rise higher. It is our banner. Next, loving yourself through the fear, reassuring yourself by recounting all you are and have, and do and have done, helps to quiet that roaring lion’s voice. You begin to see your own mane growing. Just like in the wilderness – “If you’re really the Son of God…” “I am!” All that leads to the light at the end of the tunnel. And, to be honest, there have been times when, to this day, I still don’t know how I survived it, but by His grace and mercy. But He has never failed me yet! Fear empowers failure. Faith empowers love-and vice versa.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, December 18, 2018, 12:38 p.m.