Faith & Life: Do You Let Fear Rule Your Life?


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Do You Let Fear Rule Your Life?

Perfect Love from God Casts Out Fear

by J.M. Troppello


Fear can be a cruel master. It can rule over your life. John Newton was an Anglican cleric and captain of slave ships, who became an abolitionist later in his life. He wrote, “If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear.”


7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (I John 4:7-11, NKJV)

God is love. He cannot condone sin, but He sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross and be raised to life to bridge the chasm between us and God due to sin. God manifested His deep love for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus.


17 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. 18 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. 19 We love Him because He first loved us. (I John 4:17-19, NKJV)

Read verse 18 more than once if you have been tormented by fear. 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. When you understand God’s love and resurrection power in your life, you can comprehend that God’s love in your life has removed any fear of torment or future judgment.


4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:4-7, NKJV)

Rejoicing in the Lord always is a key component in living a victorious life in Christ. You will have hardship in this life, yet you find your joy in the Lord. Your focus is on Him and not on the circumstances you’re going through. Believers are urged twice in verse four to rejoice. That shows you how important praise, worship, and joy in the Lord should be in your life.


You are encouraged in verse six to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, to let your requests be made known to God. Again, a joyful heart is referenced – with the words with thanksgiving. You should cultivate that joy and thanksgiving in your heart daily. It’s not always easy. I can attest to that. However, when I’ve done that, the peace of God has been strong in my life.


Don’t allow fear to take over your life. Walk in faith over fear. Live in the certainty of your salvation in the Lord. Know that God is always with you. He will guide you and help you through every circumstance in your life.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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