1 John 4:18 (ESV)
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
As we start to close out this month's theme of "Finding Peace and Wisdom in it All" we have been able to review some key strategies to strengthen our faith during difficult seasons. We have learned:
- Pruning is part of the process
- God is always working for our good and will give us a purpose
- Being patient as we wait on God's timing
- Service is the key to setting us free
Today's scripture reminds us that perfect love casts out fear. In challenging seasons, fear can be one of the main emotions that rise to the surface. The enemy doesn't want us to thrive, so fear is used to keep us from true faith and hope. In a state of fear, we naturally lean on our own abilities and forget that we serve an almighty Father. Our Father teaches and demonstrates a pure love that doesn't judge and frees us to be limitless. A love that breaks all boundaries from us being held captive. A love that provides security which can erase all fear and doubt.
Consider the following:
What are you fearful of? In order to fully receive God's perfect love, we must examine and heal the areas where fear operates in our lives. So, ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I fearful of?
- How does it impact my life and faith?
- How do I need God's love to show up in my life?
- What can I do daily to gain more confidence in God's power in my life?
In addition, below is a prayer to cast out fear from your life:
Today I claim back my life and I call upon you heavenly father to pour out your blood to remove all fear in my life. I receive your perfect love and declare that you are my savior, protector, and provider in all seasons of my life. I no longer will live in fear and stay in the shadows as my life passes me by. I breathe in the Holy Spirit and ask for courage and strength to lean on your power and authority. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and allow for me to start fresh today. In your name, I pray. Amen.