Ever had the feeling that there is something you should be doing that you’re not? The nagging feeling that what you have done already is not enough? Shame! The feeling that ‘we’ are wrong, rather than our behaviour.
God’s love is the antidote to shame. I am writing this for myself, because I need to remind myself that God’s love is the most powerful thing there is. Because God is love and there is none more powerful than God.
His love is continuous, immovable, not subject to change, unfailing, completely dependable, perfect, complete and not based on my performance. So no matter what I do or don’t do, God loves me. No matter how wrong I may feel sometimes, especially when I’m not ‘performing’, God still loves me. God still loves you. It is not going anywhere!! Thank God. I need that kind of love. Don’t you?
“We have known and have believed the love that God has for us.God is love…” 1 John 4:16
(Common English Bible version)
Noticed that when I wrote the title ‘launch and release’ that it applied to more than the finish of the album, but also life – Launching into destiny and purpose and release from the past, issues, confusion, fear and everything that has hindered up to this point.
As I’m writing this I’m listening to a teaching on faith. I’m realizing and learning that I need faith to get up, write songs, sing, play, record, love, pray. I need faith for everything. Most of my fears are about not being enough or not having enough, making mistakes. What if the ‘what ifs’ were turned around to a positive?
♥ What if I have a good day?
♥ What if I complete the album and all goes well?
♥ What if God does love me unconditionally, completely and utterly for who I am and who I will be?
♥ What if I gave up trying and allowed God to do the changes and work He wants to do in me?
♥ What if I enjoy my year and live in peace for the rest of my days?
♥ What if the launch party is a success?
♥ What if I fulfill my potential?
God help me to release my faith today to believe and trust You to do it through and in spite of me. Amen
Fear, shame, doubt, worry – what do they all have in common? They are all negative responses to problems in life. Fear is about danger. Doubt is a fear you have or may have done something wrong. Worry is continually fearing the worst outcome. Shame is the feeling that you are wrong and worthy of punishment.
Today I was at a funeral and found myself worrying about things that were not my responsibility; what people might be thinking of me, and going over things from the night before. The thing that centered me was God’s Word and God’s love. I reminded myself that ‘all is well’ and that ‘God loves me’. The more I study the love God has for me, the less afraid I become.
“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 AMP version