Today's Promise : A Daily Devotional
January 25, 2013
No More Fears
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18, KJV).
"If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room," declared Robert Murray McCheyne, "I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me: 'He ever liveth to make intercession.'"
Is there some fear in your life over which you do not have victory? Whether it is great or small, you can gain victory over that fear through claiming, by faith, God's supernatural love for yourself and for others, for "perfect love casts out fear."
That promise makes it imperative that you and I claim God's agape, the supernatural love described in 1 Corinthians 13, love for God, for our neighbors, for ourselves and for our enemies - for all men. As we do this, we can begin to practice that perfect love, showing it to our families and to friends and neighbors.
No fear is too small for Christ to handle, and certainly none is too large. Remember, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV). If fear does not come from God, then we must reject that spirit of fear as coming from the enemy of men's souls.
Fear of the future is a large fear for many people, but sometimes the seemingly small fears - of crowds, of heights, whatever - can cause more distress than greater fears. It is in these instances that God demonstrates His faithfulness to fill our hearts with His love and to cast out fear.
Faith is the most effective foe of fear, and "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."
Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-12
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: Today I will recognize any kind of fear in my life for what it is: an attempt of the enemy to sabotage my effectiveness as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. By faith I will claim God's supernatural love for myself and others, and thereby gain victory over fear. As I pray for myself, I shall pray for others also who experience the same devastating results of fear.