by Hazel Straub
Ever notice how fear cripples and causes you to lose all peace in your life? Fear, the most contagious disease in the world, tries to make you a victim, without hope. Satan rules his kingdom with fear or False Evidence Appearing Real. God, however is love and he tells us not to fear because he is with us. He goes with us through the fire, flood and flurry of trials and we come through it all not smelling of smoke or drowning. His love filled presence casts out all fear. He makes provision for us in the wilderness and carries us, when tiredness causes us to falter.
No matter what we face, God promises that he will never leave or abandon us. His defeat of Satan brings us victory, through Christ Jesus. In the midst of the darkness of fear, the love of God shines brighter and casts out all fear. Trusting in God, nothing is impossible. He makes provision for you because he is your provider. The dry desert gets streams of water, provided by God’s loving hands. Do not look at the forces aligned against you, but rest and relish the love of God for you! He never fails you!
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. (1 John 4 17-19 MSG)
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