Friday, 1 February 2013
Joyce Meyer: Experience True Joy
I read this post from Joyce Meyer’s daily online devotional today and was really encouraged, so I thought I would share it:
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]. —1 John 4:18
Under-confidence is a condition; it might even be considered a sickness. And just like many other sicknesses, under-confidence is caused by a deficiency of one thing (confidence) and too much of another—fear. I refer to fear as an emotional virus because it begins as a thought, then affects your emotions and behaviors—just like a flu virus might invade your body via a handshake or a sneeze and then make you feel miserable all over.
Fear is a dangerous virus, because a fearful person has no confidence and can never reach her potential in life. She won’t step out of her comfort zone to do anything—especially something new or different. Fear is a cruel ruler, and its subjects live in constant torment.
It breaks my heart when I see people living fearfully, because without confidence, people can never know and experience true joy. The Holy Spirit of God Himself is grieved, because He has been sent into our lives to help us fulfill our God-ordained destinies.
Lord, I am sick and tired of living in fear and all of its repercussions in my life. I welcome the Holy Spirit to come into my life and equip me to fulfill my destiny. Amen.
From the book The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer.