This morning I looked up the old English definition of the word “Fear” and it meant “respect and reverence” when talking about God. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that all of the “Fear Not’s” would mean just that; not to respect anything ungodlike whether it is sickness, sin or disease? When we fear God and nothing else, there is perfection and harmony and there can be no imperfection in perfection.
Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” That is achieved only by “Fearing God” and none other.
This secret to me is found in Philippians 4:12, which reads “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” When we trust in God and know He is always working His purpose out, there is no anxiety or fear to be entertained. We realize only Good is going on and that Good will be revealed to us as we remain in gratitude and humility and expectancy !
By releasing all human will, we soon know all is well.
When my heart is filled with gratitude and humility, I experience Heaven on earth, just as I experience hell on earth when my thoughts are filled with pride and fear. I John 4:18 reads “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.” Today, I will definitely watch my thoughts and keep them joyous. That is my Divine Inheritance and I will Love all.
II Timothy 1:7 states , “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Praying with this verse gives us authority to declare that God has given us “a sound mind”, perfect health and eternal life. This prayer gives us confidence to know that God is governing and supplying our every human need.
By knowing this, we can refute all negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. These thoughts can keep one healthy!
While reading about the Crucifixion, I am always amazed that only one of the disciples was present while the Christ was on the cross. They had spent the last few years with Him listening to His teaching and watching His healing of the multitudes, but had fled during his worst time. After pondering this, I think I should be gentler with myself when it looks as if I have little or no faith.
John 20:19 states, “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.'” He blessed them even after they had fled when He had needed them most. He always forgave. By being kinder to myself, I am able to be kinder to others. Today, I will do that!
Gratitude and humility are keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and dissolve any and all anxiety. We need to always rejoice because we cannot see the entire picture yet that God has in store for us and it is always Good! Philippians 4: 4-6 reads, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Pride and fear will never enter in and are dissolved by Love and Truth.
Today my focus will be on loving others unconditionally. I will look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and be alert to criticism and judgment of others and myself. 1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Also, love casteth out fear, so when we are fearful, we need to look and see where we are not loving enough!