There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. He who fears has not been made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18
With the help of my Friend, the precious Holy Spirit, I have found the perfect antidote for fear, Love. Now let’s learn how to use love -according to scripture- to drive out fear!
First of all, to defeat an enemy, we must know the very nature of that enemy. You see, Fear, our enemy here, is not just an emotion or an illusion, fear is a spirit. II Timothy 1:7 affirms: God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Okay so we know fear is a spirit, an evil one at that, but how do get rid of the retarded thing?
Well, how did Jesus tackle evil spirits? Did he permit them? Did he pamper them? Of course He didn’t! Jesus did one thing to evil spirits, He drove them out. No wonder our main text tells us perfect love casts out fear.
If you are like me however you’ve probably wondered, how in the world can love of all things drive out fear? Fear is a tormenting spirit, an awful emotion that can be so big and consuming. Love on the other hand is too soft and does not seem like a weapon. What in heaven is this bible talking about! Hold your horses, we’re almost at the very simple answer. But before we learn how to use love -the ultimate weapon- to drive out fear, let us look at the other tools provided in II Timothy:
Let’s face it, we only fear what we have no power or control over. The Israelite soldiers feared Goliath because he was twice their size and seemed extremely powerful. How blind they were. David showed them real power. Jesus -the power of God- never gave us such timidity, He gave us His power instead. The second you realize how powerful you are in Jesus, like the horse in Job 39:19-25, you will mock at fear!
Like we read in the text, fear torments our minds. Most of our biggest fears are nothing but imaginations. It’s all in the mind. Fear gets its power when we linger on the untrue and ungodly thoughts this spirit drops in us. This is why we need a sound mind. A mind filled with the truth in God’s word, a mind that is assured that God will keep in perfect peace those whose mind is stayed on Him [Isaiah 26:3]. Learn to bring your thoughts into subjection, learn to cast down evil imaginations, think on only true and pleasant things [Philippians 4:8]. Don’t you realize that the spirit of fear himself is scared of you? Turn it around on him. Put him to flight. Let him know the jig is up!
It’s simple really, the other tools have explained it. Love subdues fear, perfect love casts out fear. When you as a Christian, know that you have the Creator of All Things, the All Powerful One by your side, who or what can you fear? Perturbation will cease when you know the amount of love your Father has for you. A child is always confident in his loving parent’s presence because he knows they will never let anything harm him. This childlike faith is what the Lord seeks. If He can die for you to show you how much you mean to Him, what can’t he do? What wouldn’t He do to protect you? What wouldn’t He give to make you happy?
Are you walking through wilderness? Are you scared of the dark? Are you afraid of the future? Are you unsure about anything? Start to recall scriptures speaking of His love for you. Imagine Jesus in His love walking with you, planning and working out nothing but good in your life. Believer, when you are filled with the knowledge of His excellent power and unfathomable love for you, the tormenting lies and deceit of fear will flee in an instant. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love [1 John 4:16 NLT].
Takeaway: When fear comes, rebuke it in Jesus’ name, then start to think of His love for you. It works every time!
I will make those who are of the synagogue of satan…fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you – Revelation 3:9
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you – Isaiah 41:10
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1