Freedom From Fear
God’s intention is that each one of us lives in freedom: the devil always opposes God, so his intention is that each one of us lives in fear.
Fear is like a snake. If you allow fear in your life, fear grips, it consumes, it coils itself around every area of your life. It affects every relationship, every dream, every moment.
1 John 4:18 (NIV) states “fear has to do with punishment”, the NKJV says “fear involves torment”.
Fear is the power that Satan uses to keep us from God, it is the power that prevents us from fulfilling the call of God on our lives, it silences us, it is what holds us in captivity.
Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear says “it is impossible” while faith says “all things are possible”. Fear says “I can’t”, faith says “I can”. Fear says “no”, faith says “yes”.
The primary way that Satan uses fear is through deception. You may have heard of the following acronym:
Satan lies to us and makes us think that we are not good enough, that certain people don’t like us, that we can’t accomplish things and so on.
However, the truth is as a child of God, fear has no place in our lives, instead God has filled us with his perfect love.
I love what John wrote in 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in this kind of love that comes from God. His love is perfect and it drives fear out of our lives. The one who is afraid fears that he will be punished by God. Such a one does not have this perfect love operating fully in his life. (The Truth)
Six steps to freedom from fear.
- Recognise deception. Have you begun reading this article and know that you have been living under fear. The first step is to acknowledge this.
- Change your speech. Don’t own anything that belongs to Satan. Fear is from him. It is not yours. I realised that I kept saying “my fear” – when you start owning something you have to give it back. I kept asking God to take it away but actually, I had to let it go to be free.
- Repent. In allowing fear to rule in your life, you have given fear priority over faith. Repentance is a really important step of being free from fear because living under fear has become normal. It means we don’t step out and do the things that we should be doing. By repenting we acknowledge that we have allowed fear to rule and we are making a decision to reject that rule.
- Take authority. You have been given authority to rule by Jesus. Speak to fear and tell it to go in His name. Refuse to let Satan silence your voice.
- Protect yourself. Surround yourself with those who are going to build you up. Speak the truth from the Word over yourself. The perfect one who is perfect love lives in you.
- Walk in your freedom. Renewing of the mind is a gradual transformation (Rom 12:2). The more you stand against fear, the less Satan will use this to attack you.
I pray that you will know the freedom that you have in Christ.