Perfect Love Casts out all Fear

Deut.6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

 

The Greatest Commandment

(Deuteronomy 6:1-19; Mark 12:28-34)

Matt. 22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

I John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us.

20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

The first and greatest truth of the Word of God is the foundational principle that the Lord, our God, is one.
Unlike all the other religions, our God is one – he is not a two or three, but rather one, one indivisible, all powerful, all knowing, everywhere present God who is our Heavenly Father, Our Creator, our Comforter, our King, our Lord, our Friend who sticks closer that an a brother, our Counselor, he is the only one we look to for Salvation, he is the great I am.
Everything we need… we find in him… and knowing that truth that he is one, begins the process of our finding a deep and powerful loving relationship with him.
Get that wrong and everything afterwards will be skewed, but knowing that truth, the truth that we can begin to develop a deep and powerful relationship with the God of our salvation, that brings such hope… as well as joy and peace and even excitement.
We can begin to learn who he is and what he is like and what is on his heart today.
One of my favorite scriptures is this:
Knowing Christ is Above All
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
To Know God…
To know that first and foremost, God is love, and that God loves me… to believe that God loves me…to believe that the God of the universe had a plan, and that plan included showing his love to us in the most powerful way he could.

Note – This was written to the church, and therefore applies to those who have completed their salvation experience.

It started by the Lord creating the universe, the world, and everything on else earth.
He created the angels, a whole host of them, and he knew his greatest creation, Lucifer, would fall and take one third of the angels with him.
He knew when he created mankind that Adam and Eve, the first man and woman created by the Lord in absolute beauty and perfection, would listen to and be deceived by Lucifer or Satan and through listening to that fallen angel, would be deceived and lose the precious fellowship they had with Lord, and condemn us all to a life of sin, pain, sorrow and ultimately death, physical and spiritual.
A bleak picture indeed, God knew all this would happen, he knew we would need a saviour, that we would need help, that we would need someone to walk in and undo the damage, Satan caused.
BUT…
Our God… had a plan, he was going to show to us the lies of the enemy through one of the greatest acts in all of history, he… himself would come to earth, he would robe himself in flesh, take on the nature of a man, perfect God, perfect man, we call him the Lord Jesus Christ. He would live, heal the sick, drive out demons, care for the hungry, meet the needs of his precious children and show us his great love.
Lucifer, though… moved once again, Satan, that liar and deceiver moved on the sin filled hearts of man, and they ended up crucifying the very one who created them and one who deeply loved and cared for them, and who had come to them.
Satan thought he had won that day, when he saw the son of God hanging between heaven and earth, and especially when he saw him giving up the ghost… he was so excited and hell partied… until… he turned and there was the Lord himself, in all his glory and splendor entering into the halls of hell to take back the keys, and Satan and hell were defeated, and then just because he could, he rose on the third day with all power and glory defeating even death…
Oh… that I might know him… in the power of his resurrection!
Our saviour, conquered all that day, then as the risen Christ, he sat down with 12 men and gave them one huge bible study, beginning at Moses he gave them the ultimate plan to save man kind.. the Gospel.
It was his death, his burial and his resurrection that would free all of mankind – when we as sin-infilled humans, heard of the deep love that our saviour showed to us in dying for us and taking our punishment and place on the cross…when we  heard that, we would die out to our own sin filled nature – in repentance, turning from sin and unto God, when we heard that… we allowed ourselves to be buried with Christ in the watery grave of baptism, taking on his name and allowing the blood of Christ to be applied to our lives, freeing us from sin once and for all… when we heard of that great love… we then to then rose with him and allowed his spirit to fill us, yielding ourselves and our will to the Lord, making him our Lord and savior once for all, yielding to his Spirit and allowed him to fill us until we began speaking in tongues, it was then that we passed from death unto life.
There we passed from the kingdom of Satan… into the kingdom of God, there we were delivered from Satan’s abuse and torment, from sin and the ultimate pain and shame it causes, and lastly even delivered from physical death and the sorrow of death…knowing we too will have our own physical resurrection at the last trump.
All because… and here is the key… all because we believed in the one true and living God and we believed he loved us.
There is no greater truth, there is no greater plan on earth than the gospel of Jesus Christ and our response to the gospel determines where we will spend eternaty, there is no other salvation plan for mankind. This is it, it is finished and available to all.

 

So, this brings us to today, to the church era, to a place where by now we should know the deep love of God… but… we have an enemy of our souls, an accuser who will do everything within his limited means of deception to make sure we never fully believe that the Lord loves ua; because if Satan can get us to believe that we are not good enough to be loved, we are not smart enough, or loveable enough, or redeemable,  he knows he can lead us to to a place of intense fear, and a place of horrific self and demonic torment and a place where we are experiencing the effects of physical, emotional and spiritual fear and stress.
If Satan can lead us there…we will start to have physical flight or fight symptoms, or we may faint emotionally or spiritually, or we may feel  frozen, unable to share your testimony, or plead the blood… fear will make we begin to focus on ourselves and on our flaws, and our failures, and we will begin to enter into a place of deep torment and the spirit of “religion” will take hold of us, and instead of enjoying the deep powerful relationship with the Lord, built on unconditional love,  we begin to become religious.

The spirit of “religion” is so dangerous, instead of serving the Lord because we are deeply loved by him, our brain switches and we believe Satan lies and begin to do things “to be loved”… at that moment we are completely taken captive by Satan at his will and are in grave danger…  and that fear…like a horrific virus,  begins to effect not only us, but our families and all those we love and care for.

Control, religion and fear will slowly but surely begin the work to destroy ua… and Satan is counting on that.
So… how do we deliver ourselves out of the condition of being fearful and in tormented?
Lets look at our scripture again…

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us.

There is
ἔστιν (estin)
Verb – Present Indicative Active – 3rd Person Singular
Strong’s Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.
no
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong’s Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.
fear
Φόβος (Phobos)
Noun – Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 5401: (a) fear, terror, alarm, (b) the object or cause of fear, (c) reverence, respect. From a primary phebomai; alarm or fright.
in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong’s Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; ‘in, ‘ at, on, by, etc.
love,
ἀγάπῃ (agapē)
Noun – Dative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.
but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong’s Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.
perfect
τελεία (teleia)
Adjective – Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 5046: From telos; complete; neuter completeness.
love
ἀγάπη (agapē)
Noun – Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.
drives
βάλλει (ballei)
Verb – Present Indicative Active – 3rd Person Singular
Strong’s Greek 906: (a) I cast, throw, rush, (b) often, in the weaker sense: I place, put, drop. A primary verb; to throw.
out
ἔξω (exō)
Adverb
Strong’s Greek 1854: Without, outside. Adverb from ek; out(-side, of doors), literally or figuratively.
fear,
φόβον (phobon)
Noun – Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 5401: (a) fear, terror, alarm, (b) the object or cause of fear, (c) reverence, respect. From a primary phebomai; alarm or fright.
because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong’s Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.
fear
φόβος (phobos)
Noun – Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 5401: (a) fear, terror, alarm, (b) the object or cause of fear, (c) reverence, respect. From a primary phebomai; alarm or fright.
involves
ἔχει (echei)
Verb – Present Indicative Active – 3rd Person Singular
Strong’s Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh’-o; a primary verb; to hold.
punishment.
κόλασιν (kolasin)
Noun – Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 2851: Chastisement, punishment, torment, perhaps with the idea of deprivation. From kolazo; penal infliction.
The [one who]
ὁ (ho)
Article – Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.
fears
φοβούμενος (phoboumenos)
Verb – Present Participle Middle or Passive – Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.
has not been perfected
τετελείωται (teteleiōtai)
Verb – Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive – 3rd Person Singular
Strong’s Greek 5048: From teleios; to complete, i.e. accomplish, or consummate.
Cognate: 5048 teleióō – to consummate, reaching the end-stage, i.e. working through the entire process (stages) to reach the final phase (conclusion). See 5056 (telos).

[This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]
in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong’s Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; ‘in, ‘ at, on, by, etc.

love.
ἀγάπῃ (agapē)
Noun – Dative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

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We need to get to that place where that mature, perfect love is abiding in us and we are resting in that love.
The key to being delivered from fear – fear of death, fear of failure, fear of disappointing ourselves and God, is to believe that he deeply loves ua, to consummate the relationship with him and to become one with him.

 

Amplified Bible
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].

Christ had his victory, the moment when he died on that cross, when he descended into hell, and when he walked out of the grave on the day of his resurrection, and when his spirit filled his precious believers… creating his bride, the church… but now he wants to share that victory with you, personally…  he wants you to experience that same victory over Satan, death and hell over fear!

Now, today… in these end times… he has given us the tools we need, to conquer Satan, to conquer his lies, to conquer the torment and fear he tries to bind us with, to conquer death and the fear of death… once and for all… to allow the love to be become perfect and extended to its fullest potential, it’s fullest strength… and here it is…

 

Rev. 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.

The cross, and the shed blood of Christ delivers from the fear of punishment – the punishment is complete, it’s over, Jesus took the punishment for you.

Our testimonies tell of the great love of God towards us and delivers us from fear and torment – tell it everywhere, speak it, publish it, proclaim it…

and we no longer fear death because we know the one who conquered death, hell and the grave… therefore we REJOICE.

Believe the Lord, once and for all believe that he loves you…and allow that perfected, complete, mature, and full strength love to have its work in you.

Believe that he deeply cares and wants what is best for you and your family, and take back the peace and what the enemy has stolen from you and rejoice.