How to Drive out Fear


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Last week at Maryland, we explored the idea of killing worry. (Check out the video).  Here are some quick thoughts from my Life Journaling last week.

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 Jn 4

Jesus equates fear with a lack of love.  A presence of fear indicates a lack of love.  Since God is perfect and is full of love, the problem is not that God is lacking love, but that I am not accepting.  Like refusing a gift, I push his love away.  The result is an increase in fear.

How can I drive out fear?  Accept the fact that God loves – and even likes – me.

To believe that someone could completely love me outside of my behavior and accomplishments is still something I am working on. If I can fully embrace that love, I believe that fear will subside.

Friends, maybe it’s time we stopped trying to win his affection and started accepting his affection.  Last time I checked, God was passionate about his creation.  Is he always pleased with what we do?  Nope.  Does he love us?  Absolutely.  Does he love you?  No question.  Walk around in that today.  When the storms start to rage, remind yourself that you are loved by a perfect love.  You might just find that love puts fear on the run.

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