Growing up in Montana, I was able to get my permit to drive when I was only fourteen and then my license to drive at fifteen! That seems like a crazy proposal now with most kids waiting until they are sometimes older than twenty to get their driver’s license. For me, it was freedom from the house and being able to go somewhere without having to rely on someone else for transportation. It opened up my life in a way that only walking or riding my bike could never do.
Learning how to drive was a very interesting adventure. I picked up the concept of driving fairly quickly and learned at a young age how to drive a stick, but I can remember my first few times behind the wheel with my dad. I would turn onto a street and then would only look about 5 feet in front of me, making sure that I was not going to run into anything and damage my parents car! I would swerve back and forth trying not to hit things or the curb instead of just lifting my head up and keeping my focus on what was coming up and looking further in front of me.
Driving is a lot like our relationship with Jesus. When we are so concerned with just keeping ourselves safe and not recognizing the stop signs, lights, etc. around us, we become poor “drivers” of life. When we let fear settle in we start to become reactionary with God and the things around us, and give the devil a foothold in our minds of worry and sometimes a mentality of just trying to get through the day.
The Bible has a reference to “driving” when it comes to Fear. Check out 1 John 4:18:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives (haha) out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Fear can be an incredible weapon in the hands of the devil and it is no wonder that there are verses in the Bible like 1 John 4:18 that address what we need to do to combat fear. If we profess to be followers of Jesus, then we need to be operating in God’s perfect love no matter where the road of life takes us. Obviously, it is easier said than done when it comes to allowing that perfect love to have it’s place in our lives, but if we only profess to KNOW about that perfect love but never access and operate in it, then we lose access to victory in our lives. So it is not so much that the devil defeats us, it is that we don’t access the power that is readily available to us!
So today, decide how you are going to operate your life. Are you going to allow perfect love to DRIVE out fear or are you going to be directed by emotions and mental ideas of worst case scenarios? The choice is yours!
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