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 NIV)
It's amazing how many times the Bible says "do not fear". I guess it's because fear is something we are generally good at! If worry and anxiety are our daily concerns, then fear is the accumulation of those cares which ultimately can paralyse us and hold us in a prison. I believe that fear is one of the biggest weapons the enemy has to make us unfruitful and ineffective. Fear stops us stepping out in faith and entering our inheritance, into the wide open space our Father has prepared for us.
Fear can often be our default response. The moment we let it take a hold of us something inside us closes down.
I do not believe our Father wants us to live in fear. I believe he wants us to be free, to enjoy the glorious freedom of the sons of God and to discover that the life of a son or daughter is one of peace and rest.
The opposite of love is fear and when we live outside of love it is often fear that controls or drives us.
As we allow God to be a Father to us, so we begin to live in love. Love casts out all fear. Fear is to do punishment, guilt or shame, whereas love sets us free.
Today, I encourage you to give Father your fears and as you do, you will find you are becoming more rooted and established in love.
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him." (1 John 3:1 NIV)
The next Fatherheart 'A' School in the UK is in July at Cloverley Hall in Shropshire. This is an opportunity for you to experience Father's love and to know his comforting love filling your heart. All the details together with an online booking form are at http://fhmaschool.uk You are all very welcome.