Are You Serving God from Fear or Love part 3 (God for Sinners Devotional Series)

Fear has no power and no ability to save or change an individual, it is not at all a good motivator for serving God because it doesn’t open you up to experience a true relationship with Him and to understand God as a Father. Fear is indeed a stumbling block but God has not given us a Spirit of Fear, but of Power, of LOVE, and of Self Control (2 Timothy 1:7). We have the power to conquer and overcome fear with the Faith, Grace, and Love we have been given through Christ Jesus (1 John 5:4-5)
The bible tells us perfected love cast our fear (1 John 4:18) so this reinforces the truth that when we come to love God wholly, all fears should be cast out because we trust Him (Hebrews 13:6). When you trust God – who is the author and finisher of our faith, what is there to fear? Even if death were to come upon us, surely it would be God’s will and His timing! If you have indeed served God in Spirit and Truth, keeping an intimate relationship with Him FIRST above all others –death is not a reason to fear because we know in death, we receive life, with Christ and our Father; those who serve God long to return to our Glorious Creator where we will finally dwell with Him in goodness, peace, and joy for all of eternity. 
Many of us have no victory in our walks with God and we live in constant frustration because we spend too much time operating in a spirit of fear under the enemy’s lies rather than operating in love and speaking the truth of God over ourselves, our circumstances and those in our lives.  We focus on “NOT GOING TO HELL or MAKING IT TO HEAVEN” for all the wrong reasons and then wonder why we don’t see God move in our lives as we believe He should.  Many don’t say this, but I will…if you are only serving God because you want to avoid hell, because you are looking for some big mansion in the sky, or simply because you want to please/impress grandma, momma, sissy or bestie– you aren’t serving God at all – spend some time in prayer on that statement.

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