Did you know that there was a recipe for getting rid of fear?
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
Love doesn’t always look warm and fuzzy. It doesn’t always whisper sweet nothings. It sometimes takes drastic measures to bring you back and make you whole. Love will even let you go just so that you realize that you need it more. Sometimes you don’t even feel it coming in and transforming your life. How do I know?
God worked on me. Hard and long He worked on my calloused heart. I argued. Felt amazing for split moments. Cried till the anger turned into sorrow. He ripped thoughts of fear into shreds until I got to the point where I could tell Him myself that it needed to go. It was long and slow. I was impatient for recovery. Yet, God kept working. He rewired my perceptions and rebuilt the foundations in my heart.
Sometimes it’s easy to think that fear is impossible to get rid of. I know that I have tried to combat it with appearing confident, while inside I am shaking like a leaf! It appears that only a magical formula will make it, POOF, disappear.
God wants us to know that by putting Him (LOVE) at the center of all that we do, He will be able to drive out that paralyzing feeling that keeps us from really living. It wasn’t till I realized that I had let Him go and had hit rock bottom, that I needed Him more than ever. He showed me where I was lacking and where sin had become interlaced into my character and nature. Now I don’t know what I would do without Him. I couldn’t be creative, reach out to others, or live life to the fullest!
Have you experienced freedom from fear? Have you, like me, hit rock bottom and want out?