This Sunday morning, I was having a feeling of trepidation again as my husband and the kids prepared for church. That always happens though in varying intensities. And today, it was one of those times that it peaked again. I don’t know why but on Sundays, when my family goes to church leaving me only with the maid, my discomforts and suffering increase a few notches. I thought I should have asked my son Tim to stay behind to accompany me as I watched the live webcast of our worship service (I usually do that on Sundays that Cherubim’s Choir’s not singing), but I honestly thought he was going to sing today.
At one point, my anxiety, which triggered difficulty in breathing, peaked and I knew I had to trust in myself to relax and recover. There really is no outside help for me: no meds, no nurse, no doctors, no hospital. There’s only me and my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And THAT MUST WORK, otherwise, I would have been found “lifeless” many times over the years. But miraculously, that never happened. Obviously, my faith in Jesus is working for me. Hallelujah!
So, what was the life-giving, mind-strengthening inspiration that came to me as I was face to face with fear and suffering again today? It was this: that Jesus loves me and He has made my heart right with God, so no matter what happens, I’m going to be okay. That He is right there and that He knows me and calls me by my name and knows exactly where I am. That I AM ACTUALLY HELD RIGHT THERE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND. That my life’s in the cleft of the Rock, and I am very, very safe.
Has the verse 1 John 4:18 been working for you? Or have you been wrestling with it, trying your very best to live it out, for it to be real in your life? So real you can taste and feel its power?
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
I have been through all the studying, wrestling, and striving just so this verse will become real and alive and powerful in my life. For it to become a place of rest. A place of healing. But I found out that it doesn’t come with our works, our own doings, but it’s purely the Lord’s doing. It’s His gift. This is the thing:
IF WE RECEIVE THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR US – PURE, POWERFUL, LIFE-GIVING, UNFAILING – WE RECEIVE THIS PERFECT LOVE. It all happens in the receiving, people! If we are sick and weak and worried, if we are brokenhearted and weary and find no rest – WE CAN REST IN HIS LOVE! We don’t have to do anything but to just LET JESUS LOVE US! Let His grace cover our mistakes and failures. Let Him carry our burdens. Oh friend, that huge baggage you’ve been lugging on your shoulder, so heavy you’re already stooped – give it to Jesus! Let Him save us; let Him perform a miracle in our lives! Let Him do what we cannot do but have always insisted on doing. Let Him for He is able. He is strong and powerful and gracious and compassionate and plenteous in mercy and He is our God!
Let Him be true to His promises. For He will perform them when we give Him the chance.
So, be not afraid. Let Jesus. His perfect love casts out all fears.
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