My Fear Doesn’t Stand a Chance
Posted on January 3, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“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.” — 1st John 4:18
When I think of suspense I think about a person who has been infected with a deadly disease and there’s only one way to cure it, an antidote. The suspense comes when there’s a race against time to get the antidote to the infected person before it’s too late.
There’s a chronic disease we carry called fear, and although it isn’t always deadly, it can be crippling. It is a part of us that is usually evident when we feel out of control or life delivers its greatest tool, uncertainty. It manifests itself in many ways, anxiety, anger and isolation are just a few. It affects our relationships and causes health problems.
The Bible gives us the antidote for fear, it’s called love. The Apostle John tells us “Perfect Love” casts out fear, but how do we get this perfect love? That is the question most of us have been trying to figure out our whole lives. Similar to needing an antidote, the answer to conquering fear is something from outside of us that needs to be received, “Perfect Love.” My fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in the love of God. Allowing the Holy Spirit to fill me a fresh with the truth that there’s a God who loves me and is for me. When the reality of the love of God floods us, fear doesn’t stand a chance.
As we head into a New Year, if making resolutions isn’t your thing, how about choosing to trust God and stay in His word more? It’s a choice that could deliver us from fear to faith, allowing us to become more than conquerors and walk with the blessed assurance that allows us to minister to others. The perfect antidote to the cancer of sin is a saving faith in Jesus Christ and the antidote to casting out fear is the perfect love that comes to those who have been given His Holy Spirit. We become much more effective when we administer God’s Word to others as we display it with a calming countenance that brings the message of peace. Our lives are on display and I can’t think of a better exhibition of faith then showing a glow of peace in the midst of the storms life gives.
1st John spells out the perfect antidote to overcoming fear, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world”. We live in a world that is offering fake antidotes that claim it will help us, test every spirit, the truth is revealed when it delivers the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, and that is found in God’s Word. Happy New Year!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her on full time staff. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” – Hannah Whitall Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Galatians 2:20