1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
One of the devil’s most prolific tools is fear. Through the centuries, he has held individuals, families, communities and countries in such fear, they were rendered powerless. There is fear of the future. There is fear of chaos. There is fear of financial security. There is fear of political unrest and nuclear war. There is fear of abuse and violence. There is fear of our sin uncovered. There is fear of zombies, witches, vampires, sorcerers, devils, and the dark. The devil plays off of our fears and holds us in bondage. Even death can scare us if we have no security of our eternal destination.
To look at any one of the situations named or unnamed; whatever causes fear can be calmed with the knowledge that none of these will ever take God by surprise, nor be equal to the power and sovereignty He possesses. Such promises as:
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
The seeds of fear are sown when we fail to see and know the character or promises of our great, mighty, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. Faith in God can deflect the arrows of doubt and fear.
Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Being clothed in the armor of God every day equips us to face that which is thrown at us to cause our faith to waver, diminish and fail. As long as you and I have breath in our bodies, we have the potential to render the demonic realm powerless through prayer, obedience and faith rooted in the Word of God. We have been given precious promises to overcome the enemy.
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Fear comes when faith falters. Doubt will undo what’s believed in faith. Worry is an utter lack of faith on our part and is a path to the bondage of fear. We fear the unknown because we cannot control it. Everyone of us is called out of our comfort zone when we cannot see the end of a thing. Fear of pain and loss; fear of separation, aloneness and despair – all play into the devil’s trap to render you and I useless for the kingdom.
When we look to the Word of God, we see such examples of faith conquering fear. Take Job for instance. He lost almost everything. He lost his wealth – knowing it was given by God, he didn’t hold on to it like we do. He lost all his children – he knew they were given by God. His health – the fact that we are His creation allowed him to know that God was in control of all.
He was left with his life and his wife. Both were hurting. Yet, Job’s faith saw through to trust God.
Job 1:21-22 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
And yet again,
Job 2:10 “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Fear takes the place of faith when things seem impossible to us.
Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Relinquishing the control of the outcome solely and wholly to God leaves us with a choice – take hold of worry, fear and doubt; use my strength to make it work or by faith, submit to God and watch Him work. Faith planted in the Word of God gives us confidence that all will work together for good (Romans 8:28).
So, what are we to do when fear comes? The nation of Israel was met with insurmountable odds in battle and came against some of the most formidable foes of their day. Yet, when they called on God to help them, He caused their enemies to fall on themselves and kill each other or gave the Israelites battle strategies to overcome them. They relied on the covenant given to them by God to rely on His power, His protection and His provision. When they did, they won. When they didn’t, they lost.
God fought for them and their faith grew when they saw that the One, True Living God answered their prayers. When fear arises in your heart, look to God and His Word to guide you.
The hymn writer gave us these words:
“When Satan tempts, and doubts and fears assail, look to the Lamb of God; You in His strength shall over all prevail, look to the Lamb of God.
Look to the Lamb of God, Look to the Lamb of God, For He alone is able to save you, Look to the Lamb of God
Fear not when shadows on your pathway fall, Look to the Lamb of God; In joy or sorrow, Christ is all in all, Look to the Lamb of God.
Look to the Lamb of God, Look to the Lamb of God, For He alone is able to save you, Look to the Lamb of God”
You are His child – He alone can save you!