Not too long ago, someone came into my office with a ministry-related question and in the course of it, seemingly by accident, shared a concern and heavy burden that was presently weighing on their heart.
As surely as I’m human—of flesh, blood and bone—I found myself one hundred percent relating to their serious concerns. Though situationally different, the truth God reminded us of IN THE MOMENT was this: PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR!!
The calling of ministry is hard work! Life is hard work and few of us do it as well as we’d like. Yet, one day at a time, we rise up determined to bring our best to bear in all of our comings and goings, in all of our doings for the Lord’s glory and our present joy!
But then, something from our past raises its ugly head demanding our attention; something which has lingered in a corner of our consciousness for days, months…and now, comes to the forefront to pester us. What to do?
Perhaps it’s time to give attention and prayer to this “thing”.
All too often, though, the first instinct of our flesh is to push “play” on the jumbled reel of our history, reviewing all the mistakes, the lost opportunities — the moments we coulda, woulda, shoulda. If only we had or hadn’t. We let the tape roll on and the enemy has a party at our expense. Why? Because he has convinced us to forget WHOSE we are!
We forget to remind ourselves of this truth: the Spirit of Truth abides in us. Therefore, WE CAN FUNCTION IN FAITH rather than fear! We don’t have to take this feature film of past woe and succumb to fear and stinking thinking!
Dear ones, Abba Father, Sovereign God did not give us a spirit of fear! Nope! He gave us a spirit of POWER, and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND!
So, the question is: what is the thing demanding your attention that you’ve been ignoring or pushing aside as something to deal with “LATER”?
Well, today is later! Let’s choose today to let LOVE HIMSELF abide, and cast out the fear that has kept us from what is required of us: to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God!
Has He not brought us up out of the miry clay and set our feet upon THE ROCK?!
Has He not redeemed us from the house of bondage!
Dear ones, the LIVING WORD is calling us to remember now!
We have all seen and tasted the righteousness of the LORD, the love of GOD!
What can come before us to ever separate us from Him! Nothing!!
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God! ~~Micah 6:8
Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.