Last time we were learning about fear and its effects on us. This time we are going to learn how to counteract fear; to begin the process of walking away from fear, and never letting it have control over us again.
John 8: 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you free.
The truth ( God’s truth) is absolute. It cannot be refuted, or argued against, or shot down. It will always stand; nothing can change it. If we know God’s truth, the Word says we will become free. The word “make” in the above verse describes a process; it involves getting the truth inside of us, so it can change the way we think. First, we begin to recognize fear as a lie. Then we begin to understand that WE don’t need to fear; that there is another way to react to the situation. It doesn’t just apply to other people; it applies to US. Then we begin to understand how to counteract that fear with love. It’s a process. It is not a one-time thing. The truth will MAKE you free. It might take seconds, or minutes, or hours, or days, or years– but once you KNOW, you can never be fooled again with that fear, or the fear in that situation. There are many small kids that “believe” in Santa Claus when they’re little– but once they know the truth– you can’t ever feed them that lie again…..they will just look at you in disgust and say “Santa Claus isn’t real!”
The truth at work.
Maybe that’s the approach we need to use when we are dealing with fear; “Yeah, nice try, devil, but 2Tim1:7 says I don’t need to be afraid here– your fear isn’t real!” ( For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind).
That verse gives us some pretty good clues as to how to counteract fear; power and love. ( I believe the sound mind is the result of rejecting fear and the lies that accompany it).
Where do we get the love to counteract fear?
1John 4:18 says ” There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear”.
Perfect love comes from God; He is the only one that can love perfectly– But the good news is that we have unlimited access to His love!
Romans 5:5 …….” Because the love of God is shed abroad( gushes out, pours out, spills) in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” This is not just a little bit of love– we have access to so much it can’t be contained or held in– it spills over and out.
So HOW do we use the power of God’s love to get rid of fear?
Consider the following verses:
1John 4 : 16 — and we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 — Herein is our love made perfect ( complete), that we may have boldness ( confidence) in the day of judgement, because as He is ( Jesus), so are we in this world. ( so are we in this present time).
18 — there is no fear in love, but perfect love ( complete love that believes Jesus sacrificed everything for us) casteth ( throws out) fear ; because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
If we can see — even a tiny bit — what the complete and perfect love of God has done for us; purchased for us; opened up to us, we begin to have confidence that we no longer need to fear anything, or anyone, or any situation that may have stressed us or perplexed us in the past. The perfect love of God through Jesus sacrifice purchased healing, confidence, wisdom, divine favor and blessing, love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and so much more. There is no room for fear in all of that. Fear just shrivels up and dies when we confront it with: ” I am The Lord that heals you”, or “If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed you will say to this mountain, be removed and drop into the sea!”
Next time fear comes knocking — don’t let it in — open the door, give it a kick or a whack upside the head, yell the words of 2Tim 1:7 at it, and shut the door in its face. After a while, it won’t even knock anymore.
The perfect love of Jesus casts out fear.