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.”
Satan has many arrows in his quiver to bring man into bondage. Pride is his bread and butter. To get us to think of ourselves more highly than we ought opens the door to pride.
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
But for every arrow the devil shoots, God has a truth to combat it. For pride, it is humility and faith.
Fear is another arrow that Satan uses. The proliferation of the horrific and the macabre fascinates some and places them in its bonds. At its root, fear preys upon the unknown. It replaces what is not known with something so grossly out of control, we cannot see any way around it.
Fear desires us to give over control to that which we cannot control or are ignorant of. The demonic, the supernatural, the alien, and the like all have unknown elements.
Satan has long since used the theatrical to magnify this fear. Movies now can digitize images that are not real and make them seem tangible. All the devil uses is an element of truth and adorns it with a lie.
A shark kills a man who swims in shark-infested waters, and movies make sharks be premeditated killers looking to eat every human being who steps into the ocean.
We wonder at that which has greater power than us. Nature is a force with which to be reckoned. The power of the wind, water, and hail can all ravage the earth. Thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes are a few of the formidable forces we see bring catastrophic damage.
Yet, we fail to acknowledge the God who controls it all.
Fear strikes at the heart of our ignorance when we fail to see God’s hand of sovereignty.
The counter to fear is love.
“Perfect love casteth out fear.”
There is no love more perfect than God’s love.
1 John 4:10 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
But when fear abounds, how do we escape its grip?
We hide from God because we fear the consequences of our sin. We feel the guilt and shame that the Holy Spirit brings, and we are brought to a decision point.
I am a director for a faith-based addiction program called RU Recovery. In our program, we have ten principles we teach based on biblical principles.
“God balances guilt with blame. Accept the blame for our actions, and God will remove the guilt.”
We can come to God knowing that He can and will forgive us when we confess our sins.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
With fear, it comes dome to how well we know God. The power displayed in nature can either cause fear or awe. Knowing that my God is in control, I know that He holds both me and nature in His hands.
When we give in to fear, we give it power over us. To remain there long, it begins to build a wall that causes us to withdraw from interacting with anyone for fear we won’t be accepted or loved.
Satan begins his assault on our minds to fortify those thoughts with lies. Our only way out is to attack lies with truth. If we choose to remain in ignorance, we will stumble, falter, and fail.
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge...”
Dwell in the knowledge that love can cover us when we are weak and vulnerable.
1 John 4:16 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
The apostle John who laid upon Jesus’ breast whenever he had the opportunity, shows me that the closer I am to Christ, the more accepted, loved, and secure I will be.
That is the same love that will tear down any wall that fear builds in our life.