Why do we often times fear trials and tribulations? We fear sickness and disease. We worry about paying our bills. We tip-toe around sharing our faith in fear of losing friends or political correctness. We are intimidated to step out in faith and use our gifts because of a fear of failure or worse, the fear of not having time to do “our own thing”. Fear keeps us from seeing the positive and realizing the potential for Joy. Fear takes our life out of focus.
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not experienced HIS perfect love.” (1 John 4:8)
This is how James was able to reflect true JOY in the face of trails and tribulations (read James 1:1-18). He had experienced the perfect love of God in such a way that he was confident that ultimately he would overcome through the strength found in God. Even when he didn’t understand all the “whys” of life – why was his brother crucified – why was the church being persecuted – why would people NOT believe in a risen savior – why was he chosen to lead the church and how could he follow in his brother’s footsteps? Removing his fear and focusing on his joy brought him to deeper spiritual maturity.
Perhaps you’ve heard it said “Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed.” If we allow fear to remain in our lives it takes God’s purpose for our lives out of focus and everything around us becomes a source of tension for our souls. But 2 Timothy 1:7 says that “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND.”
Are you living as a victim of a broken world or as a victor destined to live life to the fullest? What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid of it? How important is removing this fear from your life? What do you need to do to experience the perfect love of God?
Life Coach Clyde Style says that F-E-A-R has two meanings. Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. It’s your choice.