“No Fear Lives Here!”

Jan 13, 2011
“No Fear Lives Here!”

“No Fear Lives Here!”-Part 1
By Andrea Macie

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18(NKJV) 

I have heard it said that fear is the opposite of faith. This statement is true. However recently I heard someone say, “Fear is the opposite of love”. I think this is a clearer way to word the same truth. As it says in 1John, perfect love casts out all fear. When we let fear grip our hearts, we are not letting God’s love cover us. It also says in the Bible that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, LOVE and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). 

There are 2 different kinds of fear that are actually beneficial. The first beneficial kind of fear is the reverential fear that we are supposed to have for the Lord. The fear of the Lord, the awe of Him, is actually a healthy thing for us. A reverential fear of the Lord actually is a gift that He gave to us to keep us living right. The other beneficial fear is the fight or flight fear. There are some situations we may find ourselves in where a fear for our safety, or the safety of another, can actually motivate us to take the correct, life-saving action.

The kind of fear that we are not to have is the oppressive, hindering fear. Unhealthy fear can come upon us and render us useless or ineffective. When I was meditating on this subject I saw a picture in my mind of what the insides of people in fear looks like. Their insides were literally twisted, like a towel being wrung out.  We can be fearful of many things-good & bad. We can be in fear about the economy, our finances, our health,  our personal safety or safety of our family, fear of loss, fear of tragedy, etc, etc. Much of this kind of fear is based on our minds going to places or events that haven’t even occurred yet. The fear of the unknown or the “what if’s” in life. We can also be fearful of good things. For example, some people have fear of success, the future, fear of relationships, fear of being themselves, fear of having God’s blessings, etc, etc….

The words “fear not” are found over a hundred times in the Bible. Don’t you think that God knew we would have a problem with this if He felt it necessary to constantly reassure us to fear not?!
The weapon against fear in our lives is God’s love. If God’s love has invaded every part of your heart, mind and soul, there will be no room for fear to live there! Why would we fear that our God would not take care of everything that concerns us? Release your fears to Him and let His love rule and reign in your mind concerning every situation that you face.
Pray and ask God to reveal any areas in your life that you may have fear about. Ask Him to show you how fear might be motivating certain actions in your life.

After you have named your fears and know you want to be free from them, say this prayer:
“Dear Lord, I don’t want to live in fear of (fill in the blank with the thing(s) you are fearful of) any longer. I give my fears to You Father and ask that you fill that space with Your prefect LOVE. I want to trust you and rest in knowing that you are the author of my life and that You will protect me from harm. I know that if harm does come, You will work it out for my good. Strengthen me to fill my mind with positive thoughts and speak out words of faith that I find in your Word. In Jesus Name, AMEN. ”

‘ 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 with My righteous right hand.’  Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

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