The Lord said these words to me on the morning of the ninth day of August, 2018. “Until man comes to realize that I have already blessed him with everything he needs to be all that he needs to be; that I have put him in the midst of abundance without his own effort; that I really care about him above all, man will always be afraid of lack, want and not having enough.
This fear will get him out of bed, early in the morning, push him out on the road. It will get him working himself to his bones, and get him back home so late and so exhausted and worn out. He will neither have time for Me nor his family. This cycle, if not checked, will continue for the rest of his short stay on earth. Man will reduce his life to the pursuit of just his SURVIVAL – what to eat, wear, drive, and where to live.
And when man meets with repeated failures, he becomes frustrated, stressed up, discouraged and depressed. Man begins to see himself as inadequate, deficient and unfit for success. His self-worth drops along with his self-love. And to escape this pain, man resorts to, drugs, violence, sex, alcohol, etc. Man opens himself up to stress related ailments, such as ulcers, cardiac conditions, and all kinds of disorders. And in extreme cases, man takes his life. See how far man’s fear takes him!”
That’s the torment of fear!
This is so revealing!
When you look behind the scene of the fear of lack, want and not having enough, what you will find is a quiet questioning of God’s goodness. “I know God is all powerful, but is He willing to provide for me?” “Does He really care about me?” “Maybe He is not even aware of me.” “Maybe He doesn’t want me to prosper.” “Maybe God is angry with me” “Maybe God is punishing me.”
One of the verses I read most often in the Bible is 1John 4:18, which says that there is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear, because fear has torment.”
I like the way the Living Bible puts it.
“We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us, and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us.”
Whatever your fears are, the Bible reveals that their root cause is the lack of faith in God’s goodness and willingness to care for you. For if you really trusted God’s goodness and affectionate care for you, you would place in His hand the burden of having to take care of you. That’s what 1Peter 5:7 implies. That also implies that if you don’t believe that God really cares about you, you would carry the burden on yourself. And that’s not what you want to do.
Dear Father, thank you for your love and affectionate care for us. We choose to put our faith in you for our every needs. In Jesus Name
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