Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. I John 4:17-19 NKJV
Last night a heavy sense of fear fell over me. Like pure terror that the enemy would be able to take the missteps of my past, that God has already forgiven, and use them to take me completely out. Yes, I know better than to think that the devil could do this but it doesn’t mean that this wasn’t my reality in those moments.
You see this often happens to me when God gives me new direction or when God is redirecting me. (The enemy tends to use the same tricks…hey if he knows it works why change the game?) As God shares His love for me, what He desires for me to do with my ministry, my call, and my gifts I always have this sense of unworthiness. If I’m not careful to remind
myself that I am worthy because of the God that I serve then the devil will play off this insecurity. In the past this trick worked well and I would sit still and no longer walk in my gifts and call out of fear of not being good enough.
Sometimes it’s hard to look back at our secret and public struggles and think God could even want to use us let alone actually use us. But something happens when you have the word of God within you that can’t allow you to let the enemy’s lies guide your life any longer. I now know the God I serve a lot better than before. He is a God that can use the greatest ‘mess up’ to share His message and bring glory to His name. A God that can forgive us of all sins and unrighteousness and look at us through His eyes of grace and mercy only seeing His perfect creation as a reflection of His righteousness!
Last night there was one Scripture that repeatedly came up in my spirit, perfect love casts out fear. Every time a thought that would produce fear popped up the Holy Spirit would remind me of this Scripture. So I pulled out my Bible app and began reading 1 John 4 and fell right asleep. Which was probably what I needed to do all along. This morning I woke up with a sense of calm until my mind started going and the emotion of fear hit me with intensity once again overwhelming me. This fear was based on false beliefs and I needed the word to bring me the truth that could free me (John 8:32). A lot of times we know the Scriptures but we won’t meditate on them so that we can apply them to our lives in real time. Reading the Scripture last night was necessary but sitting with it this morning was vital to my overall health.
So I wrote out 1 John 4:17-19. God began to show me what my fear was rooted in and I was able to cast those things to Him. In exchange He gave me a greater sense of peace. So now what I knew to be true in the word became true to me in my own heart. My faith began to match what I was feeling. So a man thinks in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7). I took the enemy’s lies and replaced them with God’s word (truth). As a result I went from being filled with terror to being calmed in God’s peace, the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
The devil would love to have us believe that our past mistakes, even ones that may have been made 3 hours ago, disqualify us from God’s love and the purpose He has predestined for us. Well that’s not true. God’s forgiveness is an amazing gift! God’s love is unconditional and He can use anything and work it for the good of His kingdom.
Our key Scripture says that love is perfected in us when we know we can stand boldly in the day of judgment. That we should trust in God’s love so much that we actually believe what Christ did on the cross covers a multitude of our sins. That not only can we stand firm on the day of judgment with no worries but we can stand firm in our now and be used by our loving God in the most magnificent of ways.
Perfect love casts out fear and torment. If you are feeling fearful or tormented by your thoughts or the threats of others, rest in God’s love. His love sets us free to live freely and not under the hand of the enemy and condemnation.
You can control the emotion of fear. Counter those thoughts with the word of God knowing it can set you free. Trust that God can and will use you for His glory. His love abounds for you without condition. Rest in that! Let your weaknesses and missteps no longer control your forward movement.
You’re good enough!
So a quick recap—When you’re feeling fearful or any other negative emotion causing you to feel so heavy you can’t move forward:
1) Meditate on the word
What does Scripture say about your situation? The emotions you’re dealing with? Apply those to your life!
2) Exchange your thoughts for God’s
His thoughts are not our thoughts so learn about His (Isaiah 55:8)! Replace the negative for positive. It will take loads of weight off you! (Philippians 4:8)
3) Rest in His love
It casts out all fear and torment!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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