Do you ever feel fear? I know I still do.
According to 1 John 4:18, as we welcome in perfect love (God’s love), fear leaves; therefore, the only people who can say they understand God’s love perfectly are those who are living without any fear.
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. – 1 John 4:18 (AMPC)
Of course, no one on the planet is living totally fear free, but those of us who are making it a priority to open the gift of and enjoy God’s love for ourselves on a continual basis are well on our way.
The featured image I chose for this post – that adorable baby! – reminded me of how I feel when I wake up every morning and am reminded once again of just how loved I am by my good, good Father! I’ll never get over the gift of His great love for me because of living so many decades, as a Christian, not understanding His love.
As I’ve mentioned before, Steve and I listen to a lot of podcasts each week. We came across Pastor Jeremiah Johnson a number of months ago and have both really enjoyed and learned so much from his teaching. Jeremiah Johnson is the pastor of GracePoint Church in Georgetown, Kentucky. Steve said he’s downloaded like 200 of his podcasts to listen to over time – ha!
Pastor Jeremiah started a new series at the beginning of the year about Fasting Fear and Feasting on God’s Love. After listening to part 4 a few weeks ago I began to seek permission to share this message on my blog. I’ve personally listened to this message three times at this point and am currently listening to it again with my teenage girls as I felt it would be a great help to them in regards to learning how to handle certain emotionally wounded people/difficult situations at their school with a spirit of love.
In this teaching you’ll learn about:
- The importance and results of receiving God’s love for yourself
- How to love others without becoming a doormat for them to walk on
- A hilarious story about sugar intake explaining how, although God always loves us, He doesn’t necessarily love everything we do
- Great advice for social media users
- And much, much more!
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!