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Dear Ones,

As I was praying and studying this morning about the love of God, the Lord spoke to my spirit and said, “If my people would truly understand how much I love them, they would never fear again…about anything.”  I thought, “That’s so true, God; I know that inherently in my spirit, but explain it to me.  I want to get to that place where all fear in every situation in my life is nonexistent.  Help me get to a full revelation of that…of Your love for us.”
Well, we all know that great Scripture, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18, KJV).  That’s God’s perfect love for us.  You see, God is love (1 John 4:8).  There is no torment in God, so there is no torment when we know, understand, and receive His love for us.  Thus, we can walk fear free!

So, next, I asked myself, “Why do we fear?”  We fear because we don’t believe our needs are going to be met or because we feel we have to fight for position.  The great thing, though, is that with God, we don’t have to jockey for position as though we were in a horse race trying to be the first to the finish line or first to capture the big purse, the jackpot at the end. . .and with God, we don’t have to gamble.  No!  God is no respecter of persons, and He loves us all uniquely and equally.  He can give each one of us our perfect good without diminishing the good He has intended for another.  It is only our natural way of thinking that causes us to believe that there isn’t enough to go around for everyone.  God never runs out of resources or blessing or plans of goodness for His children!

So, if we focus on how much God loves each of us individually and all of humanity jointly, we can begin to realize that we are not in competition with others to get what we need.  God has a perfect plan for each of us individually and for all of us functioning together.  Consequently, we can rejoice when others do well and see their dreams realized, their needs met.  We can say, “What God has done for others, He will do for me.”  If we focus on trusting God instead of envying another, God is free to pour out perfect plans in each of our lives.  Psalm 112:6-8 says, 

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear.

When we focus on God’s love, we receive confidence; it frees us to love others and bless others, and we cease to act in ways that bring torment, striving, contentions, competitions, and envying into our own lives.  All these things bring roadblocks and hindrances into our lives.  We don’t have to protect ourselves or our own interests when we know God is watching out for us, protecting us, providing for us, healing us, saving us from our own mistakes, establishing good plans for us, correcting us when needed.

Let’s look at 1 John 3:16 (NIV) – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  You see, since we know that God gave His Son for us, and Jesus, the Son, gave His life for us, we can rest assured that there is nothing God wouldn’t do (and hasn’t already done) to help us.  What more can be done than laying one’s life down for another?  That kind of love will never desert or forsake you; it will never leave you to fend for yourself; it is and will always be there to defend, protect, lift up, heal, encourage, and provide.

So, dear one, know and understand God’s great love for you, and fear will have no place in your life!
Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.
 

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