Through experience I have noticed that after studying or reading a particular scripture once, God shares more insights with me in different ways within a short period of time. So this post may seem like a sequel to my first post but i had one of those moments on Sunday when i was priviledged to hear a short exhortation on “Fear” by Mrs. Debbie Adjei-Godson.
What has been the motivation of my service to God? Do I serve because I am afraid of missing out on the benefits of service (Hebrews 6:10) or because I love the one who has made it possible for me to serve? For any action, what is my motive? You might have just given your life to Jesus Christ – now what? What is fueling your relationship with God the father? Is it the material things we have been blessed with? What happens when we lose all of them in a split second? Will we renounce our faith in Christ? – my thoughts.
Paul says he gains nothing when his actions are not motivated by love. His words in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 carries so much weight and I never gave it much thought until I heard Debbie speak on the subject of fear with reference to the scripture. Sunday’s program was an all night – (relax, Monday was a Holiday😊). Debbie explained that some of us were there because we didn’t want to hear how much we missed from the lips of other ladies while others were there for undisclosed reasons. Whatever the reason, our love for God did not keep us out of our beds – fear did. The fear of having a recurring nightmare if one stayed back at home to sleep among others. Paul could have added “If i attend all church programs, but do not have love, i gain nothing”. I was greatly blessed by Debbie’s message which can be summed up in the phrase, “let love lead”, and this inspired the memory verse of the week.
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. We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19 NIV
Since i have quoted the the verse of the week, i might as well comment on it with a testimony…
You never have to be concerned about whose hand is against you when God’s hand is on you! Selah.
– Cornelius Lindsey
According to John, we cannot love without the love of God. You are probably wondering what love and fear has got to do with Cornelius’ quote. Well, the quote helps me to understand John’s statement in verse 19. When you are conscious of God’s love for you in every situation, fear and anxiety will not have room in your heart.
I don’t know if this was a test but all week i had been so so anxious!! I have been waiting on God for something but after a conversation with my mum, anxiety crept into my heart and i simply pushed God aside and attempted to do things my way for immediate results. I had 1 John 4:18-19 at the back of my mind but was willing to let fear dictate my actions. I reminded God of His promises to me and made it clear to Him that i did not trust Him (implied). My actions were not an expression of my love for Him (love is patient…love always trusts, remember?).
Each day after falling prey to anxiety, the Holy Spirit will remind me of Philippians 4:6-7. I knew how verse 7 started so i was not willing to open my bible to read the scripture. I was like a spoilt child who insisted on what she wanted in spite of her father’s words affirming his love for her. I FINALLY read the scripture and prayed (not complain) and was filled with the peace promised in Philippians 4.
When you know God’s hand is on you (an expression of His love), there is no room for fear or anxiety. I had to renew my mind by meditating on God’s word to overcome anxiety.
Remember, “there is no fear in love” and “we love because He (God) first loved us”. No matter how difficult your situation is and no matter how long God tells you to wait, know that He loves you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Stay blessed, let love lead and may the peace of God guard your heart and mind,
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