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
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 is just waiting to blast you with your failures? God doesn’t torment you. Fear involves torment. And God is perfect love. God wants you to experience the peace that His perfect love died to give you.
When you receive the Holy Spirit’s revelation of God’s love for you, you have His peace. Fear is something that is defeated when it tries to invade your mind. The lies of the enemy have no power. And he can’t convince you that you have to earn God’s love.
In Christ, God gave you the greatest love that He could give you, and He wants you to receive His truth of this intimate and perfect love that is yours.
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 Christ’s love, you are subject to the lies of your flesh and the enemy. But when the Holy Spirit reveals to you God's perfect love for you, you receive His wisdom and knowledge of what His love means in your life (Ephesians 1:17-18).
You don’t need a second-hand revelation of God’s love for you from anyone else. You need your own revelation straight from His heart to yours.
“You will seek Me and find Me,” God declares, “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, seek Him in His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to pour His truth into your life. 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.
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
Your natural, carnal mind—your feelings—will try to convince you that God doesn’t love you. There is no life and peace to be found in your feelings. Just because you feel something doesn’t make it true. The truth is nothing in all of creation can separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:39). God has given you His power to overcome fear (2 Timothy 1:7). But if you don't exercise the authority Jesus has given you, His power won’t 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. God doesn’t do it for you. You take every thought captive and choose God’s love over any lie (2 Corinthians 10:5). God doesn’t take your thoughts captive. As you choose God’s love over the enemy’s lies, you are renewed by God’s truth in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). And you receive a greater understanding of the love He has given you.
When you have a revelation of God’s love for you, you receive His life-changing spiritual understanding of who you are in Christ. You believe that His perfect love is yours. You choose faith over fear. You surrender and hold nothing back because He has made you perfect in His love (1 John 4:18). You trust Him completely. You know He loved you before you ever loved Him (1 John 4:19). With His truth rooted deeply in your heart, you believe. And the door is open for you to receive from the Savior who held nothing back from you.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher