1 John 4:18 — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Fear is the opposite of faith–it steals our peace, physically wears us out and can make us sick. Fear is caused by not trusting God to take care of the various situations in our lives. Too often we trust our own abilities, believing that we can figure out how to take care of our own problems.
When we do not know the security of God’s Word and that He always keeps His promises, fear takes control of us. When we don’t know verses to pray in times of need, we feel fear and anxiety. When we don’t know we could choose, by faith, to trust God’s Word and not the fearful thoughts, fear terrifies us.
So how do we handle fear?
By choosing to trust the truth in God’s Word – because the Word of God can captivate our mind and destroy the stronghold of the devil thus setting us free from fear.
‘Fear not’ is the most frequent command given in the Bible.
2 Timothy 1:7 — For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Deuteronomy 31:6 —- Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Isaiah 41:10 — Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
Mathew 10:28 —And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
When I, was buried in a deep hole of depression, I’d sit in my room, reminiscing over my unsavoury past and crying for days together. The devil repeatedly lied to me telling me what a burden I was to my family, that God hated me and was punishing me for my sins. I believed the devil’s words that I was no good and my life was over. I believed death was close at hand. My mind was so full of fear; I could not recall the names of my children and could not even recognize my wife!
The obstacles were huge and depression was now part of our family life, but my wife understood that only the Word of God had the power to heal me. She would continuously play religious hymns on the cassette player. The hymns captivated my mind. The lyrics brought tears to my eyes and gradually and eventually I received healing and was set free from all the fearful thoughts. I was now truly a new creation! The Word of God washed me clean from all my sins and my past was now no more a part of me.
2 Cor 5:17 — “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”