“Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.”
Our secret weapon in the battle against fear is nothing less than having faith in God’s love for us. The Apostle John knew and experienced God’s love in such an intimate way that he could say…
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.
1 JOHN 4:18 (NLT)
He knew, deep in his soul, that God loved him – regardless of how he felt at any given moment and regardless of his circumstances. We, too, can experience God’s perfect love in our lives. We can spend time with Him. We can be honest with Him about our fears, weaknesses, doubts, and sins. We can read His love letters (the Bible) and ask him to reveal His love to us. We can receive His love through the actions of others. As we draw close to God, we will come to know Him and understand that He loves us as His children. We will come to know His love and with the knowledge that He loves us with a Father’s love – fear will flee.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.”
A friend of ours, Beve, was battling cancer and her battle with fear caused her to seek God with a vengeance. She knew difficult days lay ahead and that she needed to “get up close and personal” with God and she drew near to Him. One day, while lying in a hospital bed shortly before she stepped into eternity, Beve had a dream. She dreamed that the Lord Himself stood by her bedside and held her hand. She never shared the details of their conversation. She didn’t need to. The evidence was written all over her face. Fear didn’t have the last word, faith did. That is our hope for all of us who have fear knocking at our doors – that when faith answers the door, fear will flee. And along with the Apostle Paul we pray …
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power
through his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky