We’re back in the groove of another work week. What better way to kick it off than with a bit of encouragement from my AM Quiet Time. Today’s lesson talks about the power of God’s Love. The scripture and the Verse of the Day comes from 1 John 4:18.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
–1 John 4:18 NASB
GOD’S LOVE: The lesson begins by comparing God’s love to fear and pain, and that it is bigger than the two. When encountering God’s love, we become more aware of His desire to be with us and that He pours out His love on us. Also, God’s love melts away our fears and insecurities. The presence of God is important to have in our lives and our desire will be to abide with God and have His love and presence abide with us. The lesson continues with John, and his confidence in the Love of God. He had so much confidence that deep down, he knew God loved him personally and wanted to be with Him.
AVAILABLE & AWARE: When we stop saying that we’re too busy to make time for God, the more confident we become in who God is, the more intentional we become with spending time with Him and listening to His voice. If we make ourselves more available and aware of His presence, the more secure we become in who we are and there’s nothing more or less we can do to attain or separate us from the Love of God. This part resonated with me because I used to always tell myself that I need to make Quiet Time a priority again, only to look up and it was pushed on the back-burner or I would have Quiet Time, only to rush through it and not gain any insight out of it. If I just wake up, and pick up my Bible in the morning, then I’m not feeling worried or anxious about things, I’m not being passive on things that can affect my life.
FEAR: Fear is one of the greatest hindrances to a relationship with God. Fear of not being worthy of love, not measuring up, fear of punishment, and fear of being exposed, all of these insecurities keep us from being who we are truly meant to be. This really stood out to me because this goes back to me working on my passion projects. I have great ideas and goals in life to help individuals with mental health. I’m taking a leap with this blog, but at first I was scared of not being the best blogger, scared that I wasn’t going to turn it into a career, scared that I was going to fail miserably at it. Once I got started, and started praying over it, those fears went away. I still remind myself to not play the comparison game, but I’m proud that I didn’t let my fear take over or else I wouldn’t have met so many new people through this blog.
CONCLUSION: If you let fear consume you, then you’ll never know how great you can truly be in this world. Let God help you overcome your fears and insecurities and allow His love and presence to enter into your life so that you can be something great, so that you can be the light that He wants you to be. Well, hope you all are inspired and motivated to get your work week started on this lovely Monday. I’ll check in with you all later on.
Until next time…