The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"A Secured World"
"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment" (I John 4:18).
When we realize that insecurity governs any aspect of our thinking, relating, and responding to life, the first question to be considered involves the love of God (the "perfect love" mentioned by the Apostle John in the verse above). "What is it about the Lord's devotion to my best interests am I not remembering and affirming?"
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31).
"For us." These two words written by the Apostle Paul directly correlate with John's assurance that the awareness of God's love and insecurity are mutually exclusive in our hearts. If a troubling matter leads us to ongoing fear and trepidation, we can be sure we have forgotten or ignored our Lord's promise to be everything we need in every circumstance, condition, and situation. Indeed, the declaration of Romans 8:28 - "all things work together for good to them that love God" - is either true or it is not. It is. Thus, nagging insecurities are actually wakeup calls of both promise and challenge. We might pray accordingly:
"Heavenly Father, I realize I have been governed by fear rather than faith regarding this matter. I have forgotten and ignored Your assurance of superabundant grace in all things, including this thing. Father, I have been thinking, speaking, and acting as if You don't love me. I therefore come to You with repentance for such disregard and disrespect, and for having disobeyed Your command to trust You "in everything" (Philippians 4:6-7). Thank You for Your forgiveness and cleansing in Christ, and for leading me to this altar of renewed faithfulness in my heart. I choose to trust You about this matter, and to believe Your many promises of love that assure me You have given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3). In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray, Amen."
It's scary world out there, in countless ways. However, it's a secured world in here, that is, in the hearts of born again believers in the Lord Jesus. God's peace fills us in the Person of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Let us avail ourselves of such assurance regarding every matter. And when we realize we have succumbed to fear, let us seek our faithful God who will forgive and restore us to the remembrance of His love, and the power of His promise…
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee."
Weekly Memory Verse
How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.