Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 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 4:17-18).
The reason fear takes a hold of certain people is due to the kind of information they've opened themselves to. When someone exposes himself to negative information--news about all the evil, wickedness, disasters and acts of terrorism happening around the world, fear will rise up in him like a giant and bind him.
Fear is the most deployed tool of the adversary. Satan knows if he can get you to be afraid, your faith will not work, for fear hinders faith. This is the reason you must refuse to fear no matter what happens! According to the Word, you don't even have to try to fight fear. Our opening scripture lets us know what the antidote to fear is--love! Perfect love casts out fear. This means there's no need for an effort on your part to dispel fear if you'll only walk in love; if you'll only love the Lord and trust in His love.
1John 5:3 says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." His commandments, as used in this portion of scripture doesn't refer to the commandments God gave Moses for the children of Israel in the wilderness. Instead, it refers to the instructions to us in God's Word-- in the New Testament. So the love of God, which according to Romans 5:5, has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit is proven each time you act on God's Word. And remember, acting on God's Word activates your faith; and when your faith is activated, it dispels fear.
Dear heavenly Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I walk in dominion today, because you've given me the spirit of power, love and of a sound mind! I walk worthy of you today, unto all pleasing, rejoicing that you're that you're the one causing me to triumph over fear, Satan, and the world. Hallelujah.
Rhapsody of Realities December 17, 2011
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome