Feb 1, 2013

Perfect Love



1 John 4:18

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].

 I have been pondering this verse as of late.  Thinking of why doubt has been creeping into my thoughts and dreams about God and His faithfulness to me.  Why it is that I am standing in a place that isn't a place of confidence or trust in Him?  Why am I tossing around doubt and fear, instead of resting in His absolute goodness?

ever hear this?...
Fear is nothing more than faith in reverse.

OUCH!

How did I get stuck in reverse?  How after 7 battles of adoption, did I come to a place of such turmoil and lack of faith (trust).  I am going to be digging into the deep places within and doing some repenting and some heart searching. I need to get out of reverse and grow up in my love relationship with God. 
  
Has anyone ever done a 2 way journal with God?
2 way meaning:  you ask God a question and then wait, listening with the ears of your heart/inner spirit.  
You write down what comes, as you prayerfully listen to see what it is He says.

*this is not New Age. 

It is for Christians who are born-again,
 spirit filled, 
Word filled (reading the Word regularly),
walking in right relationship 
and that are hungry for His voice.
*which most definitely is me!    

3 comments:

mommamindy said...

I always appreciate your spiritual insight.

I'm meditating on your thought that fear is faith in reverse. Wow. It is so visual and makes so much sense.

Rhonda said...

I have often grappled with similar feelings...especially in these last 12 months. I certainly understand. Praying your faith is anchored even deeper still (and mine too).

Renata said...

What a great idea ~ I have so many questions. I should try your two way journal idea.
Much love to you & your beautiful family!
Renata:)

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