“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." -1 John 4:18
Have you ever experienced 'perfect love'? Have you ever been in a church service or witnessed a sunrise where you felt completely saturated by God's love? I hope you have. We can do amazing things because of the power of His love.
We live in a world filled with fear, doubt, and uncertainty. If we live in fear, life becomes a game of avoiding the next mouse trap, versus faithfully taking hold of the opportunities God has for us. God wants us to live full, abundant, faith-filled lives. (John 10:10) Does this type of life describe you right now?
If we've ever been burned, it can be hard to take risks. If our parents weren't there for us when we were growing up, we may naturally assume that God is that way. If love is absent, fear manifests. If light is absent, darkness is there instead. Fears of the economy, money, politics, and health can have us ever more concerned with the cares of this world, versus focusing on the One who can bring the answer.
But, imagine if we could live in those mountaintop moments all the time – moments where we really feel God's love, so we can take hold of all that He has for us. Well, we can! God invites us to live in His presence, all the time. As His earthly temples, we are His dwelling place. (1 Corinthians 6:19) Often we just need to remind ourselves, and hang out with God – in worship, in prayer, in fellowship with others – so that in our fellowship with His Spirit can be made manifest in our lives – all the time.
Do you live in fear? If so, ask Him to help you. He can remove those barriers between us and Him through worship, prayer, repentance, and the power of His word.
“Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever." -Psalm 136:2