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Friday, June 19, 2015

Free in His love

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,” (1 John 4:15a, NIV).
If the love of God does not control my heart and mind, fear will rise to defeat my faith. When the love of Christ is perfected in my heart, fear cannot claim me. If I grow spiritually and allow His love to perfect and change me for His purpose, I will discover that in my weakness I have His strength. When His love owns my heart, fear cannot claim my mind. Letting Him have control frees my mind from the constant struggle of how I need to make things right, and allows Him to make things right. It ends the constant battle that I have to prove myself or make a point. With God in control, I can be free from the burden of fear that rises constantly to say that I can't do something or I am not good enough.
Fear keeps me from knowing and understanding God's perfect love for me. It informs me that I will never change and my life will always be the same. It keeps me in a state of limbo where nothing good has an opportunity to take root. “We are a product of our past,” Rick Warren says, “but we don't have to be prisoners of it.” I choose to not allow the past to dictate my life now. I choose to allow Him to break the chains that bind me to it. I constantly surrender myself to Him–my time, my work, my priorities, my thoughts, my ideas, my preconceptions, my emotional pains of the past and worries about what has not yet happened. I choose to believe only Him and step out in faith. Fear will not rule my life when His perfect love claims me.
He is Truth. I am not. He is Life. I am not. He is Peace. I have none. He is Joy. I can't create it. He is the great “I AM”, and I am just me. Each day I lay myself upon His altar, and make an offering of my life–of any strength and my many weaknesses. I yield any strength to His control so that He might use it for His glory. I yield my weaknesses so that His power, exemplified in my life, might honor only Him (2 Corinthians 12:9). I wish to offer Him everything that I have and all that I am not. It is in giving myself away that I shall receive. I shall receive His “ALL” instead of the little that I am. With His love completely changing my life, there is no room left for fear. There is only Him, and there is only peace.

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