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.
—I John 4:18 NKJV
Does fear ebb and flow in your life like the ocean tide? God wants you to experience the perfect peace that His perfect love died to give you.
When you believe in your heart the depth of God’s love for you, you have His peace. Fear is something that is defeated when it tries to invade your thoughts. The enemy can’t torment your mind with lies trying to convince you that you must do something for God to love you. In Christ, God gave you the greatest love that He could give you. He wants you to experience this intimate and perfect love.
Have lies of the enemy filled your mind instead of the truth of God’s love? Are you afraid you can’t please God and He just is waiting to blast you with your failures? God doesn’t torment you. Fear involves torment. And God is perfect love.
The perfect love of God within you casts out fear. Fear can't stand against the love of God who loved you so much that He gave His life for you. You have received the perfect love of the finished work of Christ, but this truth must transform your mind for you to believe it. When you don’t understand what is yours in the love of Christ, you are subject to the lies of your flesh and the enemy. But when the Holy Spirit teaches you about God's perfect love for you, you receive His revealed wisdom and knowledge of what His love means in your life.
You don’t need a second-hand revelation from anyone else. You need your own revelation straight from His heart to yours.
“You will seek Me and find Me,” God promises, “when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13)
“Ask, and it will be given to you,” Jesus said. “Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
To receive your revelation of God’s love, you diligently seek it in His Word. You ask the Holy Spirit to pour His truth into your life. You choose not to allow any condemning thought that says God doesn’t accept and love you. You can’t earn His love. Jesus already earned it for you. God holds out His arms and says, "Come here. Quit struggling. I love you."
Your natural mind—your feelings—will try to convince you that God doesn’t love you. Just because you feel something doesn’t make it true. Nothing in all of creation can separate you from God’s love. God has given you His power to overcome fear. But if you don't exercise the authority that Jesus has given you, His power will not make any difference in your life. You will remain defeated and afraid. You choose to exercise God’s power and speak death to the enemy’s lies. You take every thought captive and choose God’s love. And as you choose God’s love over the enemy’s lies, you are renewed by God’s truth in your mind. You receive a greater revelation of the perfect love that He has given you.
When you have a revelation of God’s love for you, you receive a life-changing spiritual understanding of who you are in Christ. You believe that His perfect love is yours. You believe there is no fear in God’s love. You choose faith over fear. You surrender and hold nothing back. You ask and seek and find. With His truth planted deeply in your heart, you believe. And the door is open for you to receive.
You trust Him.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
The perfect love of Jesus guards your heart and keeps your mind in perfect peace. Jesus held nothing back on Calvary, and He holds nothing back in your life now. It is the Holy Spirit who convinces you that God’s perfect love is all yours.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher