is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out
fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth
is not made perfect in love."(1 John )
Bible says that Satan, not
Jehovah, is "The god
(note the small "g") of this world."
(2 Corinthians 4:4) Because Satan so strongly influences many of
the things that occur in this world, particularly the media,
fear-based thinking prevails. Cable TV, newspapers, radio, magazine
articles seem to pump out nothing but negative, evil reports of all that is
going wrong in the world.
impacts the thinking of those who submit themselves to it. In spite
of this, it is still possible to live a life of faith
and peace in the world. Some believe
this is "impossible nonsense" but the Bible teaches
A "no fear" existence is not only
achievable; it is the will of God for all of His family.
order for the Believer to get a chokehold on fear for the express purpose
of running it off, one must first understand that fear is not simply a
"reaction" to outward circumstances. Fear is an
actual spiritual force. It is as much a spiritual force as
love, joy, peace, patience and all the other fruits of the Spirit listed in
Galatians 5:22 and 23.
the fruits of the Holy Spirit are constructive forces. The
fruits of the flesh, all of which are rooted in fear, are destructive
forces. (Galatians 5:19-21)
is the number one weapon in Satan's arsenal. He knows by getting the Born Again Believer into fear, he can absolutely ruin
their faith and relationship with God.
realizes more than most human beings do that fear is actually the complete
opposite of faith.
As a matter of fact, Satan responds to fear-filled
words and actions as aggressively as the Almighty responds to faith-filled words and actions. This is how he intends
to drive a wedge between the Believer and God. He knows he must get
them into fear as quickly as possible and at all costs.
uses fear-based journalism via the internet, television, radio, newspapers,
etc., as one of his primary means of getting people, Believers and
unbelievers, to operate in fear. He knows that a steady diet of
fear-based information spells nothing but filth, blockage, tragedy and
to the demonically controlled media outlets of the world with any degree of
regularity will cause anyone to begin to worry. Worry is the by
product of fear. Fear will completely take your focus off of faith and
what God promises to do to help you.
is actually faith in Satan's ability to destroy you. This is when
things become extremely dangerous.
Apostle Peter discovered real quickly what fear could do to faith when he
stepped out to walk on the water with Jesus. Jesus extended an
invitation for Peter to do so and everything started out just fine.
of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus."
kept his eyes on Jesus and His promise to help him walk on the water,
rolled up his tunic and out of the boat he went, literally walking on
water. He released faith-filled words, followed by faith-based
actions and bingo, the laws of nature were
suspended and a true miracle was slung into motion.
However, Peter no sooner began to walk on the boisterous sea
when suddenly things began to change dramatically.
"But when he
looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and
started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" Jesus
didn't hesitate. He reached down, grabbed his hand. Then said,
"Faint-heart, what got into you?"
he looked down and discovered he was walking on some mighty powerful
waves. He began focusing, or meditating, on the destructive
capabilities of those waves, completely forgetting about Jesus' promise to
help him. He got his eyes off of Jesus and back on to his natural
circumstances and bingo, the laws of nature went back into operation and
Peter was now in deep water. Up to his waist most likely, to
where Jesus, Himself walking on the water, had to reach out and rescue
said, "Faint-heart, what got into you?" The answer?
Fear. Fear got into Peter and quenched his faith.
fell back into fear-filled words and actions all by looking at his natural
circumstances, ignoring Jesus' promise to help him. It wasn't the
wind and the boisterous waves that defeated Peter. It was his fear of
the wind and the waves. The more he thought on what that wind and
those waves could do to him, the deeper he went into fear.
Peter had to do was stay focused on how much Jesus loved him and how Jesus'
love for him would never allow him to drown while he was obeying Him.
This is why we opened this study with the Scripture "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." (1 John )
would like to simplify that verse for us. When Believers understand
how much God loves them and desires to protect them and to provide for
them, there is no need to ever fear. Revelation of God's love
quenches every tormenting thought that says He may not protect us or
provide for us. Revelation of God's perfect love for His family casts
out all fear, driving it away.
who operate in fear have not perfected their understanding of God's tremendous love for them. This is what
the Apostle John is communicating in First John 4:18. Our early
17th century translation of the Bible says it in "KingethJameth." I
just explained it in a more contemporary form, which hopefully makes what
John actually said clearer.
way to perfect our understanding of God's love for us is by replacing
the word "God" with the word "Love" as we're reading
our Bibles. This brings astounding revelation of God's love, which in
turn absolutely crushes the force of fear in the life of the Believer.
that TV and radio off for a while if fear has been choking off God's
promises in your life. Push away from all negative media
reporting. If you go online, deliberately access only sites that
promote faith not fear. Deliberately gravitate towards other
Believers who are in the process of conquering fear, Believers who talk
faith and act faith. Look for God's positive in every
Satan threatens you with, go directly to the Bible and find out immediately
what God promises to counteract it. YourPastor and other Spiritual mentors can
help you with this as you're still learning your way around the
saying what God says about your situation and that spirit of fear will
dissipate like morning dew in the hot afternoon sun.
this prayer. "Spirit of fear, I reject you in
Jesus' Name. You have no place in me.
My Father loves me and He promises to protect and to provide for me.
I believe in His love. If He gave me Jesus, then He'll give me
whatever I need to get through my present circumstances. I'll come
out of this better and not bitter. My Father's love for me is
perfect and I receive it. I trust it.† It is so because I say it is so. In Jesus'
your faith on the promises of God. That will starve your fears to