That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph.3:17-19 KJV)
As an unbeliever I had fears for the life after death and the consequences of my disobedience even in the present world. Fear seemed to compete with my breath as I lived with my nebulous and uncertain future.
To my chagrin and consternation, when I became born again, my fears became more palpable. This was as a result of the burden and yoke that religion placed on me that God is always wielding His big stick on his erring children. That made me to live in frenetic and fretful fear that I became sin conscious and found myself like Job atoning for nonexistent sins.
The good news is that one day I realized that you don’t build a great destiny on the fear of what could go wrong but on the hope of what might go right. Encountering the spirit of the Word of God in Jude 24 that says, “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” brought so much hope, joy and liberation to my soul.
Nothing apprehends and suspends the manifestation of destiny like fear. And what makes it pathetic and worrisome is that most times, if not all the time, these fears are unfounded and arise from anxiety. According to Gary Haugen, “… fear is the silent destroyer of dreams.”
Jesus told the parable of the talent that is recorded in Matt. 25 and Luke 19. This parable among other lessons, teaches on the impact of fear on entrepreneurship. The servant that had only one talent placed value in a napkin due to his apparent apprehension of what could possibly go wrong. His fears numbed his creativity and in turn destroyed his dream of becoming a faithful and acclaimed entrepreneur. What a tragedy of destiny!
Howbeit, I discovered that this servant’s apprehension is traceable to his lack of love. He had no love for his creator nor his master benefactor. And apparently, he had no love for himself. If he had love it would have cured his apprehension. Love is the Master Curator.
No wonder Paul from our text, counsels us to comprehend the extravagant dimensions of God’s love. This is because what you comprehend can never be an apprehension. Remember, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear…” (1 John 4:18)
Therefore, love is the antidote to apprehension. Paul again corroborating this said to his son Timothy, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim.1:7)
Please note that this love can only be comprehended by first receiving Christ, the Personality of Love in your heart by faith. And then walking in the consciousness of that love as enabled by the Spirit of Christ.
It’s indeed a new day for you!
To your apprehension free life,