Slamming the Door on Fear

Fear

“Full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!”  1 John 4:18 (AMP)

 Fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of the dark, fear of death – just a few common fears we may be familiar with.  Then there are some we’re not so familiar with – fear of sourness, fear of garlic and even fear of swallowing.  Fear is such a prevalent force in our society that they even have names.  It’s reported that psychologist have categorized as many as 500 phobias (which is actually an excessive and irrational fear reaction) – and that was in 2008.  While some of these fears may seem silly, they are very real to the person experiencing them.  Sometimes our fears may not hit the extreme level, but even the slightest fear brings with it a feeling of uneasiness.

Some would tell us that fear is healthy, that it’s a natural defense mechanism.  However, numerous times throughout the Bible we are told not to fear.  I once heard a statement that fear is faith perverted.  It’s the exact opposite of faith.  Whereas faith is stepping out and taking God at His Word, fear is stepping out and believing what Satan tells us.  Have you ever read or seen something that triggers a brief thought and before you know it you have a full-blown scenario playing on the big screen in your mind?  Or maybe you feel a little twinge of pain in your body and your mind immediately races towards the worst case scenario.  Thank goodness for the internet!  You list out your symptoms and find your suspicions are confirmed – your family will likely be making funeral arrangements tomorrow!  I know this sounds facetious – and admittedly taking things to the extreme – but this is also how the enemy feeds our fear.  While you’ll more than likely make it through the night, deeper thoughts have been planted in your mind that could easily take root.

I believe fear is the greatest weapon Satan uses against us.  It’s what he uses to pervert our faith.  When our first reaction is to fear, then we’ve taken the first step in the wrong direction and away from faith.  We can’t be full of fear and full of faith at the same time.  When we open the door to fear, we shut the door to faith, and even though we may just barely open the door, the enemy is going to be right there to kick it all the way open – unless we stop him.

So how do we slam the door shut on fear?  First of all we recognize that these thoughts that are bringing fear are from the devil and we immediately cast down imaginations and bring every thought into captivity.  Second Corinthians 10:3-5 says “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (KJV).  I like the way the Complete Jewish Bible says it – our weapons “have God’s power for demolishing strongholds.”  Our thoughts have a tendency to race rapidly so the quicker we do this the quicker that door closes.  At first it may take us a little longer to recognize what’s going on, but the more we do it the sooner we will respond.

Then we stand on God’s promises that we can apply to our specific circumstances.  If it’s concerning sickness, find scriptures on healing; if it’s financial, find scriptures on God’s provisions; if it’s concerning safety, find scriptures on God’s protection (Psalm 91 is a good place to start).  Write them down and put them where you can see them throughout the day.  You have to remember that Satan is a liar, but God’s promises are true.  Make a decision that you are NOT going to fear!

First John 4:18 tells us that perfect love casts out fear.  What is perfect love?  Look at 1 John 2:5.  “But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  hereby know that we are in him.”  The Greek word for “perfected” here actually means to complete.  Perfect love is mature love; it’s a love that is completed by treasuring and keeping God’s Word, by following His instruction and abiding in Him.  (You might want to read my “Vital” blog.)

I couldn’t end this blog without including some of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs, Chris Tomlins’ “Whom Shall I Fear”:

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful

Finally, let this be your prayer:  I refuse to fear!  Your divine power has given me all things that are necessary and vital and suited to life and godliness through the full and personal knowledge of You who called me by and to Your own glory and excellence.  By means of these You have  given me Your precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them I may escape by flight from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of the covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers and partakers of Your divine nature.  (2 Peter 1:3-4)  I keep and treasure Your Word – I bear in mind Your instructions and observe Your message in its entirety – therefore truly in me has the love of and for God been perfected, completed and reached maturity.  By this I perceive, know and recognize and am sure that I am in You; I abide in You, I walk and conduct myself in the same way in which You walked and conducted yourself. (1 John 2:5-6)  This full-grown, complete and perfect love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!  (I John 4:18)  I cast every care on You, Lord, and will not be anxious about anything for You care for me affectionately and watchfully.  (1 Peter 5:7)  Amen and Amen!

Are you ready to slam that door in the devil’s face?

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Author: Cindy Byrd

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