Dreams, Encouragement

There Is No Fear in Love

Sometimes I get disappointed in my level of faith. I wonder why my first response to tough situations always seems to be fear. God has proven Himself to me too many times to count, yet I still fear.

I will share an example. On Saturday night, I had a dream that I was driving along the road in my suburban. I was veering to the left to turn onto a busy street, but the turn was too sharp and the vehicle began to tip over. It was as if everything turned to slow motion when I heard a voice behind me ask, “What are we going to do now?”

I could feel the suburban slowly falling, and tension started to build in my neck. Instead of panicking, I emphatically said, “We are going to call on the Name of Jesus!”

The suburban fell on its side as I began to call out, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” As I called on the Name above all names, the vehicle began to slowly rise back upright. Before I knew it, I was back on all four wheels! I praised the Lord for saving me and then drove off to wherever I was headed.

One would think the first thought I would think when I woke up would be how wonderful it was for God to save me so miraculously. Nope. I started to worry about having a wreck.

I did the same thing when I had the dream about an 18-wheeler crushing me (I wrote about it a few weeks ago). God miraculously saved me in that dream too, and I woke up with the same worry and panic. That time the Holy Spirit stopped me in the tracks of being a worry wart to remind me that I called out on His name and He saved me. This time, I had to stop myself.

When I realized I was doing the same thing I had done before, I had to give myself a pep talk! Brandy, why are you fearing? Look what God did when you called out on the Name of Jesus! The following scripture entered my heart:

1 John 4:18 — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

I have been meditating on this scripture for so many years, and I am trying not to be so hard on myself as I go through the process of being perfected in love. God is at work within us all to reveal to us how much He loves us. I believe the more we come to the revelation of His love, the less we will fear.

I have farther to go than I thought, but this is a reminder of just how much I need Him as I tend to forget too often. He loves us, and He does not wish to torment or punish us. He sent His Son to save us–not condemn us!

John 3:16-17 says, “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

He desires for us to dwell in His love and have faith in Him and His ability to provide our every need. I pray you are encouraged to have faith today. Fear not, for He loves us!

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