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.
—1 John 4:18, NKJV
The person who lives in fear doesn’t live in the freedom of God’s grace. Fear torments them because they don’t understand His love. They are in bondage to fear from which Jesus died to free them. God’s Word says that there is no fear in God’s love—that the perfect love of Christ casts out fear. To live this truth, we must believe it.
Are you one of those Christians who live in fear and don’t experience freedom because they don’t understand the redeeming benefits of God’s love for them? When you don't believe in your heart that the righteousness of Jesus is yours, you struggle to pay for the guilt that is no longer yours to pay. You live in defeat instead of knowing you are victorious. It is time to understand and believe what the gift of grace has given you—a new life in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your old life died with Him, and you are now resurrected into new life with Him. You have His power to live the new life you have received (Romans 6:4). Learn who you are in Jesus. He has given you His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). He sees you clean and without any sin. It is time for your belief in your identity to be changed by the power of His Resurrection.
Only the Holy Spirit can give you spiritual understanding (Ephesians 4:23). Only His revelation of God’s Word can transform the way you think and the way you perceive truth (Romans 12:2). The new life Jesus gave you when you were saved becomes real in your mind when the Spirit changes your understanding to His understanding. Your mind is where He renews and conforms you to His truth. Your heart is where you come to believe you have been made right with God (Romans 10:10). You have peace in your life when you have peace with God. You can rest in His perfect love for you without fear. You can be still and trust Him when you know He is your God. You choose to have faith instead of fear.
You will live who you think and believe you are. If you believe you still need to win God’s love, then you miss the whole point of why Jesus died to save you. You will live without freedom and in bondage to the old person you were. You will become frustrated trying to earn God’s love that Jesus already earned for you. You will strive and fail. You will burn out. But when God transforms your understanding of who you are in Christ, you experience the new life you received at Calvary (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is peace only He gives (Philippians 4:6-7). There is no guilt. You have nothing to prove. You believe who Jesus says you are.
Are you tired of the old roller coaster ride of fear—shame—guilt? In Jesus, you are victorious over all of these! You are free of these in Jesus. He gave you His life to secure your freedom. He hasn’t given you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Do you believe that power, love, and a sound mind are yours? You receive what you believe by faith.
You cannot understand with your natural mind the things of God. They seem foolish to you. They seem impossible. They seem beyond reach. The things of God have to be spiritually understood (1 Corinthians 2:14). Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you. Allow Him to transform your understanding of the new life Christ has given you. Let Him reveal to you who you are and change the way you perceive it. Plant the seed of the incorruptible Word of God in your heart. Believe who Christ says you are. And by faith take His identity as your own.
To be free in your relationship with God and not to live in that freedom only torments you. Don’t hold on to fear, guilt, and shame. Quit fighting the battles that have already been won in Christ. You have the power of the Holy Spirit to defeat the lies and the fears that have claimed your mind. Believe in the perfect love of Jesus for you, and live in the freedom of His grace.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17) His Spirit is in you. You are free.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher
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