No Fear in Love

What drives out fear? Love does.

Don’t believe me? Think back to a time when you were in love with somebody. How bold were you? How much hope did you have for the future? Did you do any crazy things with them because you were in love with them?

Right this minute, you are loved with a perfect love from a sinless Savior who came so that you could live unhindered by fear.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless, it means complete. It means complete love.  Not a temporary infatuation but a deep developed love that stands the test of time and eternity.

His was a love that bled when the lash tore open His back and the splintered wood of the cross dug into it. A love that persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished.” 

When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave it’s tentacles around your feet to trip you up, you must remember this fact: You have nothing to fear. You are in love. 

Jesus walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that and it is His love that sets you free to love as freely and completely as you are loved. 

What drives fear out? 
Love. 

The love of Jesus.

Hang your hat on it and get down to the business of loving others with the confident abandon that comes with it.

Limitations

When you connect to God through Jesus, every accepted limitation you have in your life is challenged.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When Jesus challenges how you think, He is challenging how you trust. 

Jesus came to give you direct access to divine perspective founded in unrelenting love and sealed by unbelievable sacrifice.

He is asking you to follow Him into a new place, new ways and a new future that is beyond your capability to comprehend.

Because of His love, you can be brave, because of His power you can lose the limitations.

What limitation is God challenging you to bust through? 

What thought patterns are you living with that are not from God?

What is God asking you to trust Him with today? 

No Limits

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God is not limited to location.

You can pray wherever you are because wherever you are, God is there.

He is not limited to a time or space.

You can pray in your room, in your car, in the kitchen or at your job.

You can pray for minutes or for hours.

The world you live in may not be aware of God but God is aware of your world.

What are you dealing with?

What do you need God’s help with?

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” Ephesians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

Rethink the Possibilities

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Whether specific or general, you have made plans for the future.

When you are hopeful, those plans are exciting.

When you are stressed, those plans are surviving.

When you are discouraged, those plans shrink to the bare minimum.

God continually wants to expand your perspective and challenge the boundaries of your possibilities. Most of the time it is because they are too limited.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sometimes your “ifs” are not because you doubt God but because you doubt yourself. You are judging the possibilities of the future based on what you can do and God is asking you to judge the possibilities of the future based on what He can do.

I’m asking God to blow your mind and give you a glimpse of His purposes and plans for your future.

I’m praying that He will expand the boundaries of what you think is possible and take the limits off what you think God can do in your life.

What possibilities do you have that need rethinking?

How are you limiting God’s work in your life?

What do you need to do today to bust it wide open and begin dreaming again?