The house is still as I lay in the dark, my thoughts tumbling around like clothes in a washing machine.
It’s around the edges of my day where I’m weakest. Here I often fail to see the door to my heart is left standing open, just a crack. But a crack is all fear needs to slip in unchecked.
There was a time when I thought faith…was the opposite of fear. Not any more. Because it turns out love…not faith…has the power to turn fear out of doors. And for all of its bluster fear isn’t as big as it thinks. God is bigger and His love is so complete, so perfect, even fear can’t stand in the way.
But [God’s] full grown (complete, perfect) love (a) turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror… – 1 John 4:18 AMP (a) Marvin Vincent, Word Studies
Fear likes to jostle and shove its way around in my heart, moving all of the furniture until I barely recognize the place. Until Love comes… Love and fear cannot occupy the same space. There’s no fear in love. It’s one or the other. And the more we listen to and welcome Love the more fear is squeezed out.
So this is what I am truth-telling fear this week:
You and I have been rescued to love and serve God without fear (Luke 1:74-75). Fear likes to jostle and shove its way around, but when confronted by Love? Fear has to back down and back out.
God only gives good gifts and a spirit of fear isn’t one of them (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear isn’t a gift, so why hang on to it? Fear will hold you back and leave you crippled. Love will hold you together…and see you through (Colossians 1:17; Psalms 21:7).
And, lately, because my faith is small, it’s Love who whispers, “I will keep faith with you…” Because it’s not the size or quality of my faith but the object that saves me (J. Ortberg). When I am faithless…He is always faithfull.
When I’m facing that diagnosis, closed door or hard circumstance, it’s God who comes alongside and says, “My love and faithfulness surround you like a shield.” Fear wants to convince us the story has been changed. But it’s Love that reminds us our covenant is secure (2 Samuel 23:5).
So this week, dear friend, let Love show fear the door. When the one we love is sick or the door we prayed for closes, right in the middle of hard, let’s invite Love in and hear Him say, “I will keep faith with you.”
How about you? Have you developed a habit of truth-telling fear? What have you been truth-telling fear lately? I would love to hear about it…
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