Last week, I ended with a promise to tell you what fear and love have in common. I left that post convinced the answer was “nothing.” But I figured I better ask God, just to be sure. After all, the Bible tells us to fear God.
So, I went for a walk and asked God about it. This is what He told me:
“Fear and love have Me in common. I am love and I created fear to be a reaction to a perceived threat in order to seek safety and protection. The enemy has taken what I intended for your good and used it against you.”
Whoa! Hadn’t thought of it that way and I’m not sure I would have without the help of the Holy Spirit. Now the rest of my healing story and how this is pertinent to the journey from fear to love.
I left Bethel the next day, still carrying the physical illness I’d hoped to be healed of, but knowing I’d been given an even greater gift of healing than I had ever expected. Or dared hope for. The results of this manifest almost everyday in the places I go and the things I do, and most dramatically with the people, those I know and love and even strangers.
Now that my fear is gone I am able to walk in God’s presence like never before. Fear and His love cannot walk together and this truth has never been more real to me. When we live and operate in a place of fear, we are not embracing the full authority and power that Jesus died to give us! Let that sink in, pray about it long and hard, and ask God to show you what to do next, my precious friends, my sisters and brothers in Jesus, because more than anything I want YOU TO WALK IN THIS TRUTH TOO!
I want you to prayerfully and carefully read 1 John 4:7-21. Twice John says that God IS LOVE. Now look at 1 John 4:18:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Now read it again in light of the truth that GOD IS LOVE.
When we live in fear, God cannot perfect His love in us. He. Can’t. Perfect. Us. My friends, don’t give the enemy ground in your life through fear any longer. Go before God, pray, fast, do whatever it takes for Him to deliver you from whatever fear you sense keeping you from walking in victory. Name it out loud in the power and authority you have in Jesus (Luke 9:1) and tell it to return to the pit of hell and rot there!
God wants to free you, my friends. Remember, it is for freedom that Christ set us free (Gal 5:1). Claim that truth and walk in it! Your greatest faith adventure is about to begin because this is the kind of faith that shines so brightly that people will take notice. Your spouse will notice! And you will be amazed at the breakthroughs you begin to see in your life.
So that’s my story, dear friends. I pray the freedom Jesus came to give us blooms in your life like a bold sunflower, tall and strong with plenty of faith seeds to plant around you and in the generations to come. Our destiny in Jesus is to walk in freedom so let’s do so and help those who come up behind us to do the same.
Walking in freedom with you!