When our fear is ramped, our eyes are on us, guaranteed. When our faith in God is ramped, our humble focus is on God, guaranteed. You cannot operate deep in faith in God and still be unable to function due to fear. It is impossible. Faith and focus on God is love and that drives fear away. There is no room for fear when you are operating in faith in God. It is impossible and you are not being truthful if you say otherwise. And we cannot overcome a lie with another lie, we must call it as it is and then we can fix it with humble faith and focus on God and be set free from fear. Knowing and admitting is half the battle. The second half is deciding to trust (act out your faith in) God and focus on Him.❤
“Perfect love casts away all fear.” ❤
People, religions, churches, nations, homes rule with fear worldwide. This is not God’s plan or makeup. God’s way is love. We are to worship and serve Him because we love Him for loving us. We respect Him because whoever rejects Him, He will reject for eternity, but we are not driven by that. We are driven by love. Love of Jesus Christ drove Him to die and rise from death for us. Love of God sent us the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen us. Love wrote down the Bible for us to learn from and follow. Love created such beauty the best poet has difficulty voicing. Love protects and supports, values and encourages. Reject those who mean to rule you with fear and embrace the passionate love of God. It is as it should be then, you will be righting a number of wrongs.😄❤
I noticed something in my life and many other lives in my view and in the Bible:
The person with the least fear/most courage is the leader.
One caveat: the wisest person will fear the Lord, who can save or destroy thr body and soul, but He never does so flippantly or contrary to His written or living Word.
That courage may come from within innately or be a gift of the Holy Spirit, but strength of courage (bravery and action despite fear) and lack of fear is a predominant character trait in leaders. Just worth mentioning.😄❤
Matthew 10 echoes Joshua 1 largely in that it calls us to do our jobs without fear or worry. We have jobs to do based on our giftedness. And we are to do our job without concern about every detail ahead of time. We are to share and love people and teach and serve, knowing that God will provide what we need when we need it to do His work. We are not working for n our salvation, we have that, but because we are saved, we are loving and worshipping God and therefore loving and helping others as we are designed. And this Bible study today on Matthew 10 encouraged me. The Bible is so full of hope and life. I hope this reminder encourages you also.😄❤
Much of my life I have grappled with the “fear of the Lord”. God is love. Why fear Him? And then it hit me. God is Love, yes, but He is also Holy. Holy is perfect, blameless, without error or flaw, all to the greatest magnification you can imagine then add some. God cannot sin or be around sin or He would destroy it with the force of His presence. However, He is also Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self-Control. So He keeps Himself from destroying us and provided Jesus Christ, His Son, to bridge the gap between a holy God and unholy us. We actually become blameless like Jesus when we accept Him as our Savior. The fear is of what the most powerful God is capable of and the love and appreciation comes from the gift He has given for us to have an adopted relationship with Him. Yes, there is a healthy fear of the Lord. Absolutely. Rightly so. This is the beginning of wisdom. It is necessary to properly understand gratefulness and worship. It is powerful enough to maintain focus on eternity with God and minimize distractions and temptations. ❤
Trusting God requires contrition/humility that we cannot do it alone. It is the antithesis of pride and self-focus/independence. This is what makes it difficult for people. Rather than giving up control and pride, people will cling kicking and screaming to their problem- real or imagined- and carry it around with them everywhere, whining and worrying about it. It is like a stray dog they refuse to give up on that is eating them out of ouse and home but they refuse to give it up. It isn’t even theirs! And it hates them and bites them all the time. Still they work to keep it. No value at all? No matter, I can handle this.
This is worry. It is irrational. It is stupid. It is foolish and denotes a lack of contrition and trust in God. Trusting in God is to entrust everything to him. Give him the stray dog and let Him tame it or put it down as He deems fit. Be okay with God solving your problems- real or imagined. Give God the ok to work in your life for the best. Then relax and rest in His peace and joy. It is simple. Just do it.😄❤
To live life unafraid only happens with love from God and faith and trust in Him. Fear is a strong liar that can only be defeated by powerful, truthful love. And God is love. He actually is our only source of love (and goodness) in this universe. Therefore, God’s love defeats fear and our faith and trust in God unleash the power of God/love into our life to do the work. “Perfect love casts out all fear” is another way to say “Faith and trust in God casts out all fear”. And that makes me smile.❤