". . . God is love." I John 4:8
Well, it's been one of those weeks where you wonder what day it is, because it seems like it's just been one long, exhausting day. Last Friday (July 1) my husband's grandfather passed away unexpectedly. So instead of heading down to North Carolina for our planned holiday trip, it ended up being to bury his grandfather. So, the past week has been exhausting emotionally as well as physically. But through it all, I know that God has been with us.
|He sent little messages of hope to strengthen us. . . |
like the night before the funeral,
we saw a double rainbow!
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In math, we know that both sides of the equal sign (=) must be equal, so they are interchangeable. Well, as soon as my daughter told me she was afraid, the Lord reminded me of ". . . perfect love casts out fear." I John 4:18 Then He reminded me of "God is love." Now, we know that math just doesn't come to a person's mind at 2 in the morning, :o) (LOL) so I know that the visual for this formula had to come from the Lord! I began to picture GOD = LOVE and then substituted the word "LOVE" in I John 4:18 with the word "GOD."
If God is (=) LOVE and LOVE is (=) GOD, then I can substitute the word "love" with "GOD" in
I John 4:18, and that means that:
GOD (perfect LOVE) will cast out my fear!
No more pressure to try to overcome our fear! HE will do it! And HE HAS done it! All we have to do is trust! If we are afraid, it is stemming from a lack of trust in God.
It's amazing to me to know how exhausted my body and mind have been lately, and see how He continues to speak words of encouragement to me, and gives strength to the weary! ;o)
Be encouraged! When you're in the midst of the storm, He is still speaking! Just tune your ears towards Him and believe that He will speak in the midst of your storm!
And. . . He WILL!
Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July! Freedom is not free. And we know that our ultimate freedom was purchased on Calvary!!
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
you shall be free indeed.
Thank You, Father, for speaking strength, encouragement and Your perfect, reassuring LOVE to a weary soul! I pray for my dear friends, wherever they are in their walk with You, to find Your perfect Love truly capable to cast out all their fear! In Jesus' Name, Amen.