Love drives out fear. The Bible also says that we have love, and that there is a direct correlation between love and fear. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 ) Fear and love also cannot coexist. You have either love or fear; you cannot have both.
This passage shows that the person who fears doubts God's love. When you know that God loves you, you know that He will help you, not harm you. We often fear because we think we deserve punishment. We think God is out to harm us. In reality, He is out to help us.
Many sermons have given the false impression that God causes troubles in the believer's life. Why do so many people believe that God would punish His children? They believe it because they doubt God's love for them. The punishment for our sins has already been endured at the cross. Our sins have already been punished. So, we should rely on God's love for us-that He will reward and bless us.
The chief area that fear seems to attack is the mind. This is why Paul said that we must have a sound mind. God did not create your mind to handle fear. Your mind is not wired for fear. Stick a fork in an outlet, and you will discover that your body is not wired for electricity. Neither is your mind wired for fear. Without courage you will never be able to win your battles. Demons are afraid. Isaiah prophesied, what fear would do: "Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit" (Isaiah 24:18). The main weapon of terrorists is fear. The reason they use this weapon is that they are acquainted with it firsthand. Terrorist are afraid, themselves. They are afraid of losing their way of life. They fear losing their power. They fear that Christianity will wipe out their religion. The same is true of demons. They are spirits of fear because they are fearful. Their presence brings fear. Fear breeds more fear. Demons are afraid, and they are giving you their emotions.
"You believe that there is one God, Good! Even the demons believe that and they shudder" (James 2:19) Demons quake with fear in God's presence. God lives in you, and demons should quake with fear when you know who you are in Christ.
The Greek word for "fear" is phobos. It gives us the word phobia. This type of fear no longer enables you to overcome or perform better but instead haunts and torments you. This fear hinders the believer from enjoying life and freezes him or her from doing the will of God. There are all kinds of phobias that hinder people from enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to give them.
It's time that you purpose to live fear-free. Whenever you notice fear in your life, attack it by quoting the Word of God. Here is a confession based on the Word of God that you can use when you face fear:
I fear not, for God has not given me the spirit of fear, but He has given me power, love and a sound mind. I have a peaceful, quiet mind. I have the mind of Christ. I am not afraid, because God will provide for my children and my needs. I am not afraid, because I have more angels with me than there are demons with the enemy. I am not afraid, because I am worth more than sparrows. If God is for me, who can be against me? God is on my side.