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July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014

"God's Perfect Love Drives Out Fear"

“Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin.  The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the devil’s ways.”  1 John 3: 8 MSG

We say, “Jesus defeated death.”  What we mean by that is He also defeated the devil.  As our verse says “He came to abolish the devil’s ways.”

So what are the devil's ways?  He likes to mess with your life.  He fills it with worry, guilt, resentment, anger, fear and confusion.  He’s the one who whispers in your ear that you’re worthless, helpless, hopeless and aimless.  He wants you to feel bad.

God would never say those things about you.  He sent His Son into the world to die for you.  That’s how highly He values you.  The biggest thing Satan uses to enslave us is fear.

God doesn’t use fear.  1 John 4: 18 says, “There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear.”  When you’re afraid it’s not because of God.  He wants you to be in love, in love with Him and in love with others.

So when you hear people say they’re afraid of something, especially death,  remember that’s Satan working in them.  For those who are in Christ there is no fear, even in death, because death has no power over us.

We may grieve the death of someone, but for those who believe in Jesus we know that we will get to see them again.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don