Two-Step Fearless Living

Two-Step Fearless Living

Do you want to live fearlessly? Good for you. Because fear cripples and cramps joy out of living. And joyless living is only surviving from day to day. We are meant to thrive, to enjoy the days we’ve been given.

How then can we achieve the state of fearlessness? The first step: PRAYER!

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4: 6-7; MSG)

We need to begin everything with prayer. That way we invite God into every detail of our lives. There is no other way to live worry-free. There is no other way to become fearless. There is no other way to move on. The second step: LOVE!

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. (1 John 3: 17-18, MSG)

This two-step fearless living is all about God. We can’t make or fake fearless living. But when we live in God, he pours out his love that banishes fear. We need to take up permanent residence in a life of Love by embracing Christ. That way God – who is LOVE – overtakes our lives. When we cling to Jesus we are free and fearless!

Repeat the steps 1 and 2 all the time. If you get stuck restart with the first step: PRAY! God will pour out more love. And Love kicks fear out of our lives time after time. The more fully we are living in Christ, the more fearless we become. Because there is no room in love for fear. The more fully we are formed in love, the freer and bolder we become. So choose always to love. No matter what the others do, choose to live out of love. Live so close to God that your life starts to brim with love and joy!

 

Gracious God,
We are in awe of your goodness.
Come and abide fully in us.
Make our lives brim with your love and joy.
Make us fearless and loving.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you practice two-step fearless living?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live fearlessly! And while you are at it…praise the Lord!

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