“No Fear” ( 1 John 4: 18, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.”

Most importantly, “the one who has the Son has life.” (1 John 5:12) Secondly, “this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.” (1 John 5:14-15)

Fear is incompatible with love — if we are loved by God, what have we to fear?

“We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One — that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)

Fear is incompatible with eternal life — if we are “in the true One”, what have we to fear?

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies.” (Romans 8:31-33)

Fear is incompatible with the justification of God — if God has given us His Son, what have we to fear?

“Our High Tower Of Refuge” ( Proverbs 29: 25, NEB ) by Carley Evans


“A man’s fears will prove a snare to him, but he who trusts in the Lord has a high tower of refuge.”

We fear so much despite being commanded to fear not. “Say to the anxious, Be strong and fear not. See, your God comes with vengeance, with dread retribution He comes to save you. Then shall blind men’s eyes be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb shout aloud; for water springs up in the wilderness and torrents flow in dry land. The mirage becomes a pool.” (Isaiah 35: 4 – 7)

In the wilderness and dry land, the mirage becomes a pool. In the midst of suffering, God comes to save. “If God is on our side, who is against us?” asks Paul. (Romans 8: 31) Who are we to fear others? “Humble yourselves then under God’s mighty hand, and He will lift you up in due time. Cast all your cares on Him, for you are His charge.” (1 Peter 5: 6 – 7)

Do not be ensnared by your fear of mankind or even your fear of our adversary. For our enemy is defeated and our Lord is our “high tower of refuge.”

“How Much More Are We Saved” ( Isaiah 53: 12, NIV ) by Carley Evans


“For He bears the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” Jesus bears our sins in His body on the tree; and He lives forever, seated at the right hand of God the Father, continually interceeding for us.

This ongoing intercession of Jesus Christ is our salvation. Without His interventions on our behalf, we would not be acceptable to God the Father.

“Since we are now justified by His blood, how much more are we saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, when we are God’s enemies, we are reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, are we saved through His life!” (Romans 5: 9 – 10)

This is why Peter is able to say, “Perfect love casts out fear.” No need for fear exists now that Jesus sits on His throne. He has conquered death; and we are made acceptable. Fear has to do with judgment. For us, judgment is complete, having occurred on the Cross.

“God Is With Us” (Psalm 94: 18 – 19, NEB) by Carley Evans


“When I feel my foot is slipping, Your love, O Lord, holds me up. Anxious thoughts may fill my heart, but Your presence is my joy and my consolation.”

I slip, but God holds me up so that I do not fall. I am anxious, but God is close by; His presence keeps me joyful and consoled. God does not say to me, ‘you will never slip.’ He does not say to me, ‘you will never be worried.’ Instead, He promises to be there for me, whatever my circumstance, whatever my failure.

“Humble yourselves then under God’s mighty hand, and He will lift you up in due time. Cast all your cares on Him, for you are His charge.” (1 Peter 5: 6 – 7)

Remember, “there is no room for fear in love; perfect love banishes fear. For fear brings with it the pains of judgement, and anyone who is afraid has not attained to love in its perfection. We love because He loves us first.” (1 John 4: 18)

Know that God is ready to give us all good things, for He does not withhold His Son from us. Fear not, God is with us.

“Have You Ever?” (Luke 12: 6 – 7, NEB) by Carley Evans


“Have no fear; you are worth more than any number of sparrows.”

We live in such fear and anxiety, worry and paranoia. Any minute, some dread disease is to befall us; any minute, a spouse is to betray us; any minute, a child is to die untimely; any minute, a fire is to consume our home. The horrors of life are all around us; and we live in fear of them.

But, these are common to us all. Not one of us escapes them. Some people may appear to be better off than others; but it is a trick of perspective and not reality.

Yet, Jesus says we are known fully; even the hairs on our heads are counted. We are worth more than grass, more than flowers, more than sparrows, more than the money in our pockets. That God cares for us is what we sometimes doubt. We look at the terrible events in our lives or — for an ultimate look at suffering — in the life of Job, and we wonder what sort of God is this. He is a mystery.

He loves us with a mighty love, a love we cannot fathom.

God asks, “In all your life have you ever called up the dawn or shown the morning its place? Have you taught it to grasp the fringes of the earth and shake the Dog-star from its place; to bring up the horizon in relief as clay under a seal, until all things stand out like the folds of a cloak, when the light of the Dog-star is dimmed and the stars of the Navigator’s Line go out one by one? Have you descended to the springs of the sea or walked in the unfathomable deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you?” (Job 38: 13 – 16)

And we can only answer, “No.”

Jesus says, “Think of the lilies: they neither spin nor weave; yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of these. But if that is how God clothes the grass, which is growing in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown on the stove, how much more will He clothe you!” (Luke 12: 27 – 28)

“Have no fear, little flock; for Your Father has chosen to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12: 32)

“Love Is From God” (1 John 4: 8, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

First, “love is from God.” (1 John 4: 7) Love does not and never has and never will originate in us. In our natural state, our fallen state, we are incapable of producing love. “Love consists in this: not that we love God, but that He loves us.” (1 John 4: 10)

I repeat this: Love is not from us; rather, love originates in God. “We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4: 19)

Because love emerges directly from God, “there is no fear” in this love. “Instead, perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John 4: 18)

What have we to fear since God is for us? Who is able to condemn us since God justifies us? Because God is on our side and because He justifies us, we are to “love the one born of [God.]” (1 John 5: 1) How can we condemn our brothers and sisters when God sets aside His condemnation of us? How can we hate one another when God puts His hatred of the sin in us upon His Son?

“The one who loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4: 21)

“Who Is To Condemn?” (Psalm 56: 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“What can man do to me?” asks the psalmist. “If God is for [me], who can be against [me]? He who does not spare His own Son but gives Him up for us all, how does He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8: 31 – 33, ESV)

“I do not fear.” I do not fear because I praise the Word of God. I do not fear because I trust God. (Psalm 56: 4) I do not fear because I am of the elect, those whose names are written from eternity in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

And “[God Himself] records my wanderings. Puts my tears in [His] bottle. Are they not in [His] records?” (Psalm 56: 8, HCSB) “[He] delivers me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before [Him] in the light of life.” (Psalm 56: 13, HCSB)

“He…graciously gives [me] all things.” (Romans 8: 32, ESV) Therefore, “what can man do to me?” (Psalm 56: 4) “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the One who dies — more than that, who is raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for [me],” for us. (Romans 8: 34, ESV)

“Nothing To Fear” (Romans 8: 28, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“All things work together for good,” says Paul. Paul does not say that only some things work together for good, but all things. He includes those events which, on the surface, appear and feel terrible – the death of a loved one, the abandonment and betrayal of a spouse, the loss of employment, the straying of the heart, the end of good health. None of these happenings are welcome. No one seeks them.

God is the ultimate weaver, taking the broken painful bits of our lives and weaving these in with the less broken, even joyful bits to make a beautiful tapestry. Through all things, He perfects us.

We who belong to Christ are “led by God’s Spirit.” (Romans 8: 14) As His sons, “[we] do not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but [we] receive the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ ” (Romans 8: 15) Because God calls us “according to His purpose,” we know that He foreknows us, predestines us, conforms us to His image, justifies us, and glorifies us. (Romans 8: 28 – 30)

Since God does all these things for us, what have we to fear? asks Paul. Nothing. We have nothing to fear for God is on our side. “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus sets [us] free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8: 1 – 2)

We are free. Jesus says that He is the truth, and that as the truth, He sets us free.

“The Evil Man Has No Future” (Psalm 59: 16, ESV) by Carley Evans


David knows Saul is seeking to kill him. Yet, David sings, recognizing God is “a fortress and a refuge in the day of [his] distress.” David sings, “God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.” (Psalm 59: 10)

Jesus says, “You who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.” (Luke 6: 27 – 29)

David asks God not to kill his enemies, but to “make them totter by Your power.” (Psalm 59: 11) He asks that they “be trapped in their pride.” (Psalm 59: 12)

Solomon strongly advises, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away His anger from him. Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.” (Proverbs 24: 17 – 20)

Paul writes, “Repay no one evil for evil.” (Romans 12: 17) “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12: 19 – 21)

Do not be afraid of your enemy. God is your strength and fortress. Do not take revenge. God is in control and this is His realm, not yours. Do good to those who hate you; and so overcome evil through good. Do not envy the wicked; for his lamp is of darkness and he has no future.

“Love One Another” (1 John 4: 20 – 21, ESV) by Carley Evans


“We love because He first loves us.” (1 John 4: 19) And God’s love is perfect. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4: 18)

What is there to fear? God loves us.

And how can we not love one another? The author of 1 John reminds us that if we are not able to love our brothers and sisters with whom we interact, how can we possibly love God whom we can not see? If we believe in Christ, then we must also love those who also believe in Him. They are our kin; our blood relations. We are parts of the same Body, the church itself.

The reason we have so much pain is that we strive against each other, calling each other names when the only Name we need use toward one another is Jesus Christ’s.

“By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3: 16)

“Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3: 18)

“Walk in the same way in which [Jesus] walks.” (1 John 2: 6)

Jesus says, ” ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once more He bends down and writes on the ground. But when [the crowd] hear it, they go away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus is left alone with the woman standing before Him. Jesus stands up and says to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She says, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus says, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.’ ” (John 8: 7 – 11)

The old know first not to condemn another.