Casting Out Fears

By: Woody Godbey

In Friday’s post I talked about panic and fear. I had someone ask a personal question on how to get rid of fear. That my friends is the title of this message, “casting out fears. The apostle John wrote in 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.”

I got to thinking about the main cause of fear and concluded that an excessive concern about one's self is the main cause. Think about it, Self-preservation, self-image, what the future holds for one's self. Those feelings may not be on the surface, but they are the real cause of fear. If a person is filled with love for someone else, then the focus is away from self and on the other person. The perfect love that comes from Christ should fill our lives. As it does, it crowds out all fear. I hope that makes sense, I’m not always the best in putting a sentence’s together!

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There are many kinds of fear and I’ve certainly had my share, so I have some experience. I don’t want anyone to think I’m some macho super spiritual Christian who doesn’t know what fear is. When I was a small boy, there were times that I had a fear of the dark. You may not believe it but there are people who are afraid to go outside. Some people fear other people. Others are afraid to be shut up in closed space. Some fear heights. Some people have a fear of tunnels. Some people like me are afraid of snakes. I hate snakes!

The psalmist discovered one great weapon against fear when he wrote, "The Lord is my shepherd ... I will fear no evil". We should remind ourselves over and over that God is all-powerful and that His protection is sufficient for any need. He is my shepherd! Praise God!

Of course, some fear is healthy. We should fear or at least respect things like fire, electricity, lightning, bullets, bankruptcy, snakes, and especially God Himself. God has put something inside all of us that sounds an alarm in times of danger or need.

On the other hand, we need to recognize that some extremes of fear are totally false and may be induced by demonic activity. Some of you may be rolling your eyes but demons are at work trying to instill fear into God’s people. In these cases, spirits of fear need to be commanded to depart in the name of Jesus. Demons do not possess God’s people, but they can oppress us. Satan did not possess Jesus, but he was trying to make Him fall in the temptations.

Perfect love casts out fear. The Word of God sets people free. The person who is victimized by fear should focus on Jesus, on His love, on His power, and should memorize and recite the Word of God, zeroing in on those promises that deal with the hope Christians have in Christ. I would recommend scriptures like Matthew 28:20, Mark 11:24, I Corinthians 6:11, II Thessalonians 3:3, I John 2:25, Revelation 21. Memorize those Scriptures and speak those promises out loud, using them to praise the Lord.

Praising the Lord is a great antidote to fear. Not only does this rebuke the spirit of fear and Satan who brings it, but it also brings the Christian into the direct presence of God. The psalmist tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people, Psalm 22:3. We can bind Satan's power by praise. Out of praise, we will find deliverance from all our fears. Back in 2011 I had a something of on inside of me that caused a very depressed state of mind, body and soul. Praising God was what delivered me. God Bless!