Without Fear

I don’t think there is one person out there that is pleased with the way this presidential race is going. Okay, maybe one, but that person is only thinking of themselves and not exhibiting love for all people the way we have been commanded. Even the candidates are tired of their own rhetoric and yet they can’t seem to stop. It’s like they are pushed into the massive crowd that’s headed for the waterfall and all they can do is go with the flow of the people instead of reaching out and grabbing a lifesaving Branch to escape.

I interpret this scenario as the prime example of the world and how we influence each other into doing and thinking the wrong things, only to find out it was wrong when it’s too late. Over the years, I have seen increasing instances of people claiming to be spiritual, but they don’t really have a firm faith in God. Oh, they say they do, but then they turn around and deny that there is a devil. It’s interesting, really, because most of the these people are grappling with some sort of fear. Fear of losing their job. Fear of losing their family. Fear of losing their money, home, health, you name it, they have a fear of it.

What a great deception! If a person can deny that Satan exists and is fighting to keep them from God for eternity, then that person essentially is denying that God exists. After all, believing in God requires an understanding that:

a) There is definitely a spiritual realm that supersedes this physical world, and therefore, all material things ultimately have no bearing on our eternal lives, as we are essentially spiritual beings with physical bodies.

b) God is perfect and we do not have the mental capacity to even fathom what perfection means.

c) Our relationship with God will only be completely successful if we surrender our pride to give Him full reign in our lives. This means all we experience here on earth is done with complete faith in God, that He is protecting our eternal lives as opposed to our always focusing on our physical lives.

Yes, our physical lives are beyond blessed whenever we surrender our “rights” to Him, but the physical world may not look at it that way. Look at Joni Eareckson Tada, who inspires millions of people each day, yet lives in the confinement of a wheelchair and is completely dependent on others to help her do simple tasks that you and I take for granted. She is in pain and is in constant awareness that her body may be plagued with a new infection or illness, and yet she perseveres in love for others. The physical world’s reaction to living in these circumstances would likely include bitterness and hate towards God, and yet this incredible woman survives on the power of love, which has been freely given to her and that she is freely giving to others daily.

This is swimming against the current and the crowd is admiring her (the minority) from a distance but is fearful of turning around because they somehow believe the majority is right. Since when was the majority ever right? But, it’s that fear again that is hindering us from making the right decisions. Here’s a news flash: Fear is Satan, Satan is Fear. He is deceiving as many people as possible to believe they can never overcome fear, even claiming it as their own, but in reality, fear is Satan, just like God is Love.

So, given that, here are some encouraging words to help you most past any fear you may have:  1 John 4:18  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. We love Him because He first loved us.

We can become perfect in love, but it’s going to take a lot of time and effort on our part to work towards it. The only way we can do that is through surrender and loving Him beyond everything else. He will finish the work He began in us after that and we will swim upstream in the current He created for us, without fear.

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