How do we become free from fear?
We lean on the Word. The scripture verse we have covered so far in this series remain truly powerful. I shared how I first began my journey to be free from fear in a post sever years ago. At night I would wake, absolutely scared out of my mind.
I would sit up in bed and begin to whisper, aloud, the passage from 2 Timothy 7. I would repeat is over and over until my pounding heart would settle and the fear would subside. I look back on that season of learning and memorizing scriptures and how when I repeated God’s Word aloud, it would calm me down and change the atmosphere at night in my dark bedroom, that season of my life was so important in my spiritual growth.
The Word of God is LIVING and active. And my experience with 2 Timothy 1:7 is a real and powerful example. Copy me if you are in this season!!
There is another word that we need in our faith lives to defeat fear. It is:
I find it interesting as I’m writing this series that I came to this conclusion. SUMites the devil will do utterly everything to crush our hope. To destroy our hope. To leave us hopeless.
And right now I sense the Holy Spirit instructing me to STIR UP HOPE IN THE BRETHREN. I don’t even use the word -brethren, so I know it’s the Holy Spirit. *grin*
Can we have hope in the direst of circumstances? I will answer with a resounding YES!
The minute we let hope slip away, we are doomed.
How do we stay hopeful? In the comments was a new reader who said she has been married for 44 years. I cringe to think I may wait 44 years for my husband’s salvation. I struggle to keep praying for his salvation going on 25 years as of now.
Let me tell you how we grow hope and keep it alive and thriving in our hearts even as we wade through challenges, troubles and persecution.
We center our thoughts and faith upon God’s faithfulness.
I know for me there are times when I’ve prayed or barely even prayed and God has answered me immediately. Sometime He answers even when I’m just thinking about something. He delights in showing us His love, power and that He is listening.
Our year of unemployment in 2009 was a year of astounding financial miracles. Also, I’ve been healed physically. I’ve prayed silly prayers and really crazy prayers and the Lord has delighted to answer in power, provision and in a way there was absolutely no doubt that it was God alone who answered.
Yet, I’ve prayed for more than two decades for my spouse’s salvation and He tarries.
BUT I remain filled with hope. I am hopeful because I’ve watched the Lord answer, provide, deliver, sustain, delight and prove Himself and His faithfulness in other areas over and over and over and over again.
Why does God answer some prayers and others, He doesn’t? I don’t know the full answer to that questions. But I do know that God has a process. A process for our faith and lives as well as others that interact with us. He is working out a process. In my life, many times answers to prayer was delayed because my character wasn’t strong enough to walk in integrity if He gave me too much responsibility or gifts. They would have destroyed me.
Many times the Lord delays because it’s all about His perfect timing. I wonder if that is true in my life. Would my voice to the unequally yoked remain as powerful or effective if my husband came to faith tomorrow? Hmmmmmm, things I wonder about.
BUT, through the many years I bear witness to His lavish love, His gifts, His straight out miracles and answers to prayer. I walk in peaceful hope. I am assured of hope as I KNOW in my knower, that all things work together for good for those who love Him who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)
We overcome fear with hope. And hope springs eternal (Col 1:5). Hope is a product of the Lord’s faithful love.
SET UP THE MARKERS
We need markers my friends. The Israelites would put up stone markers to remember the hand of God in their lives. I write in my Daily Bible. In the margin I write the year and how God was faithful. Each year as I read through my Bible, I revisit the markers of His faithfulness in my life.
It births fresh hope in my spirit. My hope is in my Father. My hope is in my position as a Child of the King. My hope is fleshed out knowing I am an image bearer of Christ Jesus and included in a profound and unlimited inheritance. And so much of my inheritance is available to me right now on planet earth.
Grasp your hope. Open up the gifts of your inheritance. Celebrate what the King has done and keep praying for those things, yet to happen.
This is the model to this verse: Perfect love casts out fear. —1 John 4:18
On Monday, we will look at how our identity in Christ leads us to perfect love. Have an amazing weekend.
Please share with me in the comments a “Marker” in your life. How did God answer your prayer in an unexpected and profound manner?