Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

The Evangelist writes, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love (I John 4).”

“Jesus, through his death destroyed the one who has the power of death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life.” (Hebrews 2:14-18)

Psalm 105 gives us six ways to remove fear from our lives:

  1. Give thanks to the LORD,
  2. Invoke his name;
  3. Make known among the nations his deeds.
  4. Sing to him, sing his praise,
    proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
  5. Look to the Lord
  6. Serve Him constantly 

 

Mark 1:29-39 offers us a case study of how to remove fear.

  1. Ministry doesn’t always happen in Church.   Mark 1: 29 states: “On leaving the Synagogue.”
  2. Don’t live life alone.  “Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. “
  3. Share your fears.   “Immediately they told Jesus about Simon Peter’s mother in law having a fever.”
  4. It’s all about God’s presence.  “He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”   Jesus didn’t say a word.
  5. Christianity is not a 9-5 job.  “When it was evening, after sunset,
    they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.”    Satan does his best work at night and that’s why we stay up with oil in our lamps (cf. Matthew 25). 
  6. Stay on Purpose.  “He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
    that I may preach there also.  For this purpose have I come.”

 

 

 

Author: gbradepp

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