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Perfect Love Casts out Fear

Think about the child afraid of the dark…  the child is tormented in his/her mind about what might be out there in the unseen vastness that surrounds him/her.   The presence of someone else there with the child in the darkness does not make the fear go away, although it may appear better.  The turning on of a light, makes the fear subside, but only while it is on, and only because it dispels the darkness.  The fear is still there.

Fear is a powerful thing, it will often immobilize us from taking action.  It comes in many forms – fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of disappointment, fear of judgement and others’ opinions, fear of  intimacy, commitment, abandonment, change….  The list can go on and on.  Fear torments our very being.  Even when the fear is grounded in past experience, it becomes much larger in the mind than it was in reality.

Restoring Voice - Fear and Love

I John 4:18 NKJV  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.

Perfect love casts out fear.  It doesn’t mask it, it doesn’t just make it subside for a while.  It casts it out.  Why?  Because God is love.  God is bigger than anything that comes against us. His Word is a truth we can stand on in times of fear.  He is Love.  Love casts out fear when we have the revelation of His Word.

His perfect love casts out fear of failure.…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

His perfect love casts out fear of Disappointment...Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

His perfect love casts out fear of rejection/judgement/others opinions…No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

His perfect love casts out fear of intimacy….Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8

His perfect love casts out fear of commitment…Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

His perfect love casts out fear of Abandonment...Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

His perfect love casts out fear of change…. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

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