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Fear has torment

"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." I John 4:18


There is a legend about Martin Luther in his days of quarantine at Wartburg Castle. The story goes that in the middle of the night the Devil appeared to him taunting him, whereupon he threw an inkwell at the Devil. To this day, guides at the Wartburg Castle will show visitors the stain on the wall left by the supposed conflict.


It reminds me of a story my Father told me about a moment he had. My Dad said one particular night while he was in prayer suddenly two glowing eyes appeared in the room. He said the hair on the back of his neck stood up and he quickly and loudly rebuked the Devil. When the eyes didn't move he dove for the light switch only to find that the two eyes were actually the nobs on the closet door which had for an instant caught the reflection of the moon. While I am certain that Satan needed a sound rebuke that night (as he normally does), it became apparent that he was not personally present at that moment.


Everyone of us could recount stories of the fears we have of things we can not see and that possibly don't even exist. That fear is torment.


One of the many benefits of the Christian experience is that we have nothing to fear. Our God has supreme control and has promised that we will never be tempted or tried beyond our capacity to handle it. In fact, God has promised us an escape hatch (I Cor. 10:13) to help when the load gets too heavy. We don't have anything to fear.


My question to you is, "Do you really believe God?"



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