Fear is a twisted thing, until one thing is introduced, and truly believed. Why is it that when we are around certain people we feel safe? Because their love makes us feel secure. That security, or absence of fear, can exist in every moment, though.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
– 1 John 4:18
The main context of this verse is referencing the judgement that will come at the end of the world. Love is therefore an indicator that we are saved. I have found that it applies to the other fears I face in life, simply because I believe most things, if not everything, stem from the spiritual realm. That is not unusual, as it also cross-references many other verses about love being perfected in us.
The verses right before that verse say,
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.”
– 1 John 4:16-17
Abide according the dictionary means, to “accept or act in accordance with.”
God is love and He is in the person who has heard, believed, and hoped.
In that hope, we are trusting in His love and looking with great expectation to the future in His presence.
“I can see it now, I can see the love in Your eyes, laying Yourself down, raising up the broken to life.” That is a song my church worship team has been singing quite a bit recently. The lyrics urge me get out of my very present life and look at Jesus.
When fear starts to take over my mind, it’s because I do not believe God truly loves me. My mind is focusing on the present, rather than what God has promised to bring to pass in the future, and even right now.
Making plans is Biblical, just as long as they aren’t inflexible! “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
It can be easy to become battered and frustrated if you do not believe that God is looking out for your best interest while bringing Himself glory through our lives.
I’ve been there, and fear took over.
Recently a woman I had coffee with said, “God is driving you away from destruction when He directs you.”
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
At the end of the day, I should be ecstatic to revert to the plan God is laying out before me, because God and His love are what I can bank on.
God did not come to save perfect people. Therefore, He planned to sanctify us and make us more like Him by love, His perfect love. A direct result of that sanctification and love is that fear is given less and less of a hold on the heart!
The fear may not go away completely, especially when you first start attempting to shift your focus, but Jesus can take away the power it holds you captive by.
It’s not fear and you against God, but God and you against fear; God is on your side if you have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.