There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. ( I John 4:18, NKJV)
What are you afraid of? I don't mean a fear of spiders or heights. I mean what scares you to the point that you cannot function at life. An example could be you have a fear of failure so you say no to a great opportunity that you know is from God because you fear you might fail or in some cases you fear you may succeed.
I have allowed fear to cripple me for many years. At certain points in my life it has kept me from starting and then finishing college, from starting my business, from singing, writing, making friends and a host of other things that are my hearts desires.
How could fear keep me from all of these things you ask? Well the answer is it tormented me. The enemy of my soul used fear to torment and paralyze me by attacking my mind with discouraging thoughts.
When I would try to do the great things that the Lord placed in my heart fear whispered:
"You could never do that"
"What if you fail?"
"What if they reject you?"
"What if you mess up and everybody sees or hears it?"
And the list goes on and on. Then like a movie the deceiver would show me what these scenarios would look like. I would be instantly overcome with fear. My heart would beat hard and fast in my chest sounding like beating drums.
It seemed my only relief would come when I began to console myself with excuses.
"Well now is not really a good time anyway."
"I already have a lot going on."
"They already have people in place for that so they don't need me.
Finally, I prayed and confessed to God that I had been trying to handle one of the biggest thorns in my flesh on my own. Then I was led to the scripture in I John 4:18.
There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
What is the perfect love that casts out fear? God's love. God's love is perfect. That is what it took for me to overcome the hold that fear had on me.
The knowledge and understanding of the Lord's great love for us reassures both you and me that we don't have anything to fear. He knows our hopes and dreams. He is the one who them in our hearts. He loves us and wants us to prosper.
So now when I am trying to do something that I believe is God's will and fear tries to torment me again I focus on what is true and real (Philipians 4:8).
I remember that God is with me in every situation (Joshua 1:9).
I remind myself that there is no fear in love (I John 4:18).
I remember that I can trust the Lord with every detail of my life (Proverbs 3:5-6).
You can be delivered from the torment of fear also.
You can go back to school.
You can love again.
You can make friends.
You can start that ministry.
Focus on God's love for you and trust that He intends to work out His will for your life.
Father, fear tries to take hold of us when we try to accomplish your purpose in our lives. Help us to remember Your great love for us and help us to use it to reassure ourselves and others that we can go forward with our dreams without fear. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Check out our bookstore to review these suggested books on fear.
Start by John Acuff
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
Fearless by Max Lucado
Getting it in Your Spirit
What is fear keeping you from accomplishing in your life? Pray and ask God to reveal the difference between things that you are not doing because of fear and legitimate excuses. I'll be posting more scripture references and resources on fear tomorrow so check back. You can also post a comment on what you have not started because of fear so you can get some encouragement or what you did accomplish after God delivered you from fear to encourage someone else.