1 John 4:18 No Fear In Love

 

Lion walking

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Fear is a common feeling that people all over the world feel. People fear sickness, death, injury, spiders, crowds, and much more. What people fear is as numerous as the stars in the sky, but each the common factor in all of them is something bad for each person.

People have fear because they feel that something could hurt them in some way or another. Yet, people love to have some fear in their lives, look at the number of horror movies that are out there to put fear into a person’s life.

John states that fear has to do with punishment and no one likes to be punished. Punishment means that the person did something wrong. Punishment often will hurt a person and means pain of some sort. It could be physical, emotional, freedom or some other pain in the person’s life, but it hurts.

The reason that people have fear is that they do not have perfect love or know perfect Love. God is love and He is the perfection of love. God is not out to punish or harm a person for his sins. He wants to clear the person of his sins and make a way for him to be a part of His family.

If a person really knows God and how much He loves him, he will have no fear. He will know that God is for him, not against him. The person will know that God will not allow anything to harm him, that is not for his best interest to make him more like Jesus.

The believer can walk in complete confidence that God will take care of him, no matter what is in the path. There will be no fear, because of His great love and protection is always there.

If you have any fear in your life, turn your eyes towards God. Get to know who He is and how much He loves you. Then trust Him to take care of you and do not fear what is before you.

Every situation, (whether looking good or bad) is for your benefit to make you more like Jesus. Do not fear the situation, other people or this world. God loves you. Know perfect Love.

I pray today that you will know Jesus more and more; that you will know God’s perfect love; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that you will trust God with your life.

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1 Peter 5:7 Cast Out Anxiety

 

Anxiety woman

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Anxiety is excessive worry or fear over something or group of things that go on in life. In the USA there are currently over 40 million people who suffer with anxiety in their lives. And these are just the ones that are documented. There are millions more who deal with anxiety at some level or more that never go to a doctor or counselor about it.

Although most will not admit it, many people like to worry, or at least they make it a major part of their lives. They stress over making enough money, or having the right stuff, doing a good enough job, looking just right, and much more. They fear getting sick, losing a job, war, theft, death, injuries and more. They worry about other people with all of the same worries and more.

People have extreme anxiety because they cannot control circumstances in their life or around them and they worry about it. The world does not know how to deal with that extreme anxiety, so they go to doctors and counselors and get prescription medications to help calm them down.

While many believers have anxiety, there is something that they can do outside of medication. They can cast those anxieties on the Lord. This casting is throwing as hard and fast as one can upon God. They can give all of those fears to God and let Him deal with them in His way and time.

God is the one who is in control of every situation in the life of a person. Instead of a believer trying to take control of things he cannot control, he must leave it up to God.

As a believer, you will have things that will stress you out and cause you to worry. Instead of having anxiety and worrying about things you cannot control, throw them onto God. Let God take care of you.

Jesus loved you enough to die for you. He highly values you. He will not allow anything to happen to you that is not for your best in the end. Trust Him in everything.

As you trust God and cast all your anxiety on Him and He will care for you. In the end you will have eternal life in a perfect heaven with God. Focus on that, rather on the troubles and anxieties of this life.

I pray today that you will know how much God cares for you; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will cast your fears and worries on God; and that you will allow God to remove all fear and worry in your life. 

James 5:9 Don’t Grumble

 

Mountain sunrise

Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! James 5:9

People have talked about grumpy old men, but it is something that many people are like. Grumbling appears to be a favorite pastime of many people. They often see the negative in situations or other people and are willing to let others know about it. As they point out faults in others and in situations, they do it in a harsh way, being rough about it.

At times it can be grumpy about what appears as a neutral subject, such as how a football game was played. Later it is grumping about how the service was at the store or bank. They complain about how a friend, co-worker, or someone else acted around them. And then they grump about how work had went. People are grumpy about various politicians and political choices being made in their nation or world. And above it all, people are grumpy with God and what He does or allows or does not do.

Grumping about someone or something is being a judge. It is making oneself as the one in control and knows what is best. James says that a believer must not do that or else he will be judged also.

When a person is trusting in God for everything and believes that God is in absolute control of everything, he will have no reason to be grumpy about something. God sets up every situation in the life of a believer for a reason. No one is to complain about what is happening, because God has there for a reason to build the believer or another believer up into a person like Jesus.

To grumble is to put oneself in the place of God, and then, God will judge the person.

As a believer, put your entire trust in God for every situation you are in or see. When things are not going your way, know that it is going God’s way. Lean on Him for strength through the situation. Seek to know how it can draw you closer to Him and make you more like Jesus, rather than becoming more like the world and grumbling.

Live a life of peace and love towards God and others, rather than demanding your own way and grumbling about everything. Show joy, rather than anger. Find a reason not to grumble today.

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust God is in control; that you will not grumble against others or God; that you will find joy in God; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and joy to others. 

James 4:10 Get Lifted Up

 

Humble before the cross

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Individuals in the world like to think that the world circles around themselves. Many believe that they are the most important person around. Workers in a job often feel as thought they are indispensable to a company, because they are so important. Leaders often act as though they are the greatest thing on the earth.

This type of belief and action is learned as a child. Little children are known for acting as though they deserve everything. And many parents give them everything they want, building up their pride. Schools teach children that they are to be proud of who they are and what they are.

Acting like this is following the ways of the devil. He was proud and was forced out of heaven. He tried to make himself more than who he was before God.

God is not looking for people who are proud. When a person is proud of himself, it is all about himself and what he can do without God or others. There is no love for other people and especially no love for their enemies, because it is not about others.

James tells the people to humble themselves before God. That is to put oneself into God’s hands, knowing that one cannot do it himself. This is not bashing oneself, but trusting in God’s abilities, powers, and ways to live life. It is allowing God to control the life of a person, not the person controlling his own life.

When a believer humbles himself before God, it gives God the ability to do great things in and through that person. It is giving God absolute control because it is not about self anymore. One can begin to really love his enemies and reach out to those in need. It gives the ability to be the witness God wants hi to be.

You may or may not be a proud person who is rude, but take a look at your life. Is there any area of your life where it is all about you?

Focus your life and abilities on God. Lean on Him for everything. Give Him the glory for all the good things in your life. Do not take it for yourself.

As you do this God can work greater things through you in this world. He will lift you up.

I pray today that you will trust God’s abilities and not your own; that you will put God first in your life; that your life will be a mirror of Jesus; that you will be humble before God and others; and that you will see God’s hand lifting you up in His ways.

Hebrews 13:5 Being Content

 

Roll of money

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Money is something that people need in this world. It is required to purchase things that are needed such as: food, clothing, and housing. In itself money is not bad. It is a tool that has been made to be used by people.

In order to get money, people must work for it. They either work a job and someone pays them a wage, or they work their own business and people pay them for their services or products. And there is nothing wrong with working. A man must work in order to eat.

The problem that arises is the love for more money. People want more money than what they have, so they work that much more to get it. They will also sacrifice things or people to get more money.

People are not content with what they have and continually want more, bigger and better things. Greed takes place in the heart of a person. Discontent rises higher and higher in the struggle to get more money.

In the process of going for more money and being greedy, a believer is no longer trusting in God. He is no longer trusts that God is there for him and will never leave or forsake him.

God will always meet every need a believer has. There is no need so great that God cannot meet it. Not every desire that a person has is a need. Many things are wants and wishes, and may not be the best thing for a person.

God will only give the believer what is best for him. He will only meet what are truly needs. Beyond that is greed and may pull a person away from God. He needs to be content in what he both physically and in Christ Jesus.

Take a look at your life. What are you striving for in this life? More money and things? Or are you striving to have more of God?

God can and will meet every need you have, no matter how big or small it is. Trust in Him and be content with what He has blessed you with. Be content with the wealth you have in Jesus as your Savior. He won’t leave or forsake you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what you have in Jesus; that you will be content with what God has given you; and that you will trust in God’s provision for your life.

2 Timothy 3:1 Bad Days

 

Destroyed city

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1

The books of the New Testament were written nearly 2,000 years ago. At the time they were written, the writers stated that they were already in the end times, yet, they also stated that the end times would get worse. Paul tells Timothy that there will be terrible days ahead in his lifetime, in the end times.

Going through the day-to-day experiences, different people have different ideas of what is a bad day. To one person, a bad day is the stock market dropped and his investments are lost. To another person his bad day was that he messed up at work and got into trouble. Another might be the bad traffic jam on the way home from work or the hair did not stay in place all day and the makeup ran down the face.

Others will go through a more severe bad day and have lost a loved one, got a bad report from their doctor, got into a car accident, or developed a sickness.

Alongside of all of these ‘bad’ things that happen to people, there are also the facts of people living in sin and what sin does. Every believer is living in a world that does not know God and lives in sin. They will see sin everywhere they look.

Although believers strive to bring about change and get people to live for God, the reality is that there will always be those who refuse to follow God or His ways. Sin will continually increase in this fallen world, until Jesus returns and wipes out all sin for all eternity.

Paul gives this warning so that believers will not be surprised when it occurs. Some believers get surprised at the sin and get very angry about it. They turn violent to others. Believers are supposed to show love and mercy to draw people to God. And they must not partake in the sinful ways of this world.

You will have bad days, but remember that God is there with you. He will give you strength to make it through those days. He will also guide you in His way of righteousness in Jesus.

Do not be surprised at the bad days, but lean on God for strength. Know that He is still in control.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in this world; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear the sin around you; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this fallen world. 

2 Thessalonians 1:4 Perseverance In Trials

 

Hanging On

Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 2 Thessalonians 1:4

Persecutions and trials are not something most people look forward to. No one wants to be persecuted or put on trial for anything. This becomes especially true when someone is innocent of doing anything wrong.

When a person is summoned for a court hearing to be tried, he usually gets very nervous, especially if innocent. He runs out quickly to find a good lawyer to defend him. He wonders if he will be able to prove his innocence. Many will start to fight back saying that they are innocent. In the process of fighting back, some will end up committing a crime.

It is common to hear of people slandering or cursing their accusers. They run to the media to try and clear their name. Or they try to flee and never face their accuser.

Paul tells the people of the Thessalonian church that he boasts about what they are doing in the face of persecution and trials. They are staying strong and true to God’s word and holding on to their faith.

Over the years, not every believer has acted liked the Thessalonian church. The trials can be real court trials against them, but often they are just trials in life to test their faith. The little day-to-day struggles are trials that test what a person is really like. Slander and lies are the persecutions that many face.

As believers are faced with these types of persecutions or worse and the many types of trials in life, they are given a choice as to how to react to them. Many begin to curse the person or situation, or they get angry with God for allowing it to happen.

Believers are to hold on to their faith and trust God through every situation. They are to not give up on God and take the way of the world.

Persecutions and trials will come your way. Jesus promised them. You have a choice as to how you will react to those situations. They may be big and grand persecutions, but usually they will be the little things in life each day.

Will you give into the trial and act like the world?

Or will you hold on to your faith that God is in control?

Hang on to God and the trial will come to an end in His time.

I pray today that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will hold on to God during trials; that you will focus on God and His promises in persecutions; and that you will shine as a witness of Jesus in this world.