How to Cast Out Fear

Mar. 25, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Fear is not from God. As Christians, we must learn how to completely cast it out. Most people make the mistake of thinking this emotion is natural; therefore, they do not resist it. Fear actually comes from external sources, and is something the devil sends against us. It is never okay to tolerate it. We must examine our motives behind everything we do, because it is important to operate in faith, not in fear. When we put our trust in Jesus and focus on God’s Word instead of everything going on around us, we conquer terror.

  1. The enemy lies to us, trying to get us to wonder if God’s Word will come to pass for us.
    1. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
      1. Fear is not of God. What is from Him is power and love. God is love, itself, and He wants us to have sound thinking in this area.
      2. Fear tolerated is faith contaminated.
      3. There are contrasts between fear and faith.
      4. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
      5. Fear comes the same way—by hearing the devil’s words.
      6. It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6). Likewise, it is impossible to please the devil without fear.
      7. The greatest fear Christians have is the fear that God’s Word will not come to pass; He promises to take care of us.
      8. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
    2. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually (Job 1:5).
      1. Job operated in fear; this was his motivation.
    3. For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me (Job 3:25).
      1. The results of tolerating fear are never good. Fear opens the door for what we are afraid of to enter into our lives.
  1. Fear and faith are opposites. We build our faith by focusing on Jesus, not the situation.
    1. And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:35-41).
      1. Jesus’ faith kept Him at peace, even in the midst of the storm.
      2. Fear is the absence of faith; fear comes in through the eye gate and the ear gate. What we see and hear can block our faith.
    2. Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed (Matthew 14:22-33, NLT).
      1. Jesus emphatically told the disciples not to fear. When we are facing sickness or any other fear-inducing situation, He gives us the same message.
      2. Peter did not begin to fear until he looked at the situation around him. We must not let terror stop our faith.
      3. So “little faith” does not pertain to a small measure of faith, but a lack of endurance in our faith. We must persevere.
      4. God made everything available to us that we need for a life of godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We must focus on the finished works of Jesus.
  1. Studying God’s Word strengthens our relationship with Him. He is always on our side.
    1. A relationship with God helps us cast out fear.
      1. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15).
      2. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15, NLT).
    2. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD (Isaiah 54:14-17).
      1. If we have been born again, we have been established in righteousness.
      2. Oppression is removing from someone the power and ability to control their own future; believers have been freed from this.
      3. Fear and oppression will gather together to try to enter our lives. However, neither is from God.
      4. When we hear something fear-based, we can condemn it. This is part of our heritage as God’s children.
    3. When we get a revelation that God is with us, fear loses its power over us. There is no reason to be discouraged when He is helping and strengthening us.
      1. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness (Isaiah 41:10).
      2. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10, NLT).
  1. When we walk with God and stay in His presence, nothing from the enemy can touch us.
    1. God, Himself, has ensured our protection and safety. He will take care of us.
      1. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. If you see a fellow believer sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death. We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:15-19, NLT).
      2. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not (1 John 5:18).
    2. Love is stronger than fear. When we experience God’s love, we cease to be afraid.
      1. 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 (1 John 4:18).
      2. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love (1 John 4:18, NLT).
    1. We must believe in God’s love for us. Doubting this opens us up to the enemy.
      1. To experience God’s love is to also experience His grace. We no longer need to fear punishment, because we have total forgiveness. This drives home the point that He is for us.
        1. …If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
        2. Believing God’s love for us is the key to the entire New Testament.
      2. Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us (Deuteronomy 1:26, 27).
        1. What we believe comes out of our mouth. When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they believed God hated them. This caused them to rebel.
        2. None of us are perfect. God loves us not because of the good things we do, but because He is love and it is His nature. We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.
        3. …But faith which worketh by love (Galatians 5:6).

For more on the practical steps to banish fear from our lives, click on the link below for the DVD, How to Cast Out Fear.

https://bit.ly/HowtoCastOutFearDVD

Scripture References

Romans 8:15

Galatians 5:6

2 Timothy 1:7

Isaiah 54:14-17

Romans 10:17

Isaiah 41:10

Hebrews 11:6

Isaiah 41:10, NLT

Philippians 4:19

1 John 5:15-19, NLT

Job 1:5

1 John 5:18

Job 3:25

1 John 4:18

Mark 4:35-41

1 John 4:18, NLT

Matthew 14:22-33, NLT

Romans 8:31

2 Peter 1:3

Deuteronomy 1:26, 27

Romans 8:15, NLT

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