Your message yesterday was about spiritual fear, about that we have even when we pray, and about the praising to God that we’re still making because of fear. God told me yesterday that that’s what I have. Usually when I’m praying and covering everything with the blood of Jesus, it’s because I’m just afraid. I’m afraid something will happen to my kids. All day long, all the bad thoughts always come to my mind. I just don’t know what to do.
I see what you’re saying. My point in what I was talking about is that
sometimes the reason we’re praying is because we’re afraid; the reason we’re
doing something is because we’re afraid. And those things are not the solution
to our fear. We have to root out the fear first.
Prayer doesn’t cast out fear; perfect love casts out fear. So, we have to
receive God’s love, we have to embrace it. We have to realize that love never
fails. Love is more powerful than any other force and then, when we’re confident
that God loves us, then when we pray, it’ll have power to accomplish things.
You’re afraid for your children, you’re afraid for this, you’re afraid for that.
What do you do with that? The Bible says, “fear not.” How do we get to the place
where we fear not? We’ve got to go to the Bible and find the promises in the
Word of God that show us how to be free from fear and we have to stand on those
promises to drive that fear out of our life. We have to be confident in the love
of God and drive that fear out of our lives and then we pray out of faith, out
of an attitude of believing.
This is why people don’t get their prayers answered: because they’re praying out
of fear. And God doesn’t respond to fear; God responds to faith. So, you have to
cast the fear out with love. So meditate on the love of God. Take the tapes from
the teachings we’ve been doing about the love of God and listen to them over and
over again. Look up all the Scriptures on the love of God and that will drive
the fear out of your life.
And then you’ll be able to pray with confidence and you’ll be able to pray with
faith because no longer are you afraid. And faith is what activates, faith is
what pleases God. Faith is what causes God to respond to us. No one can come to
God without faith. No one can appeal to God without faith. Nothing’s going to
change without faith. So that’s where you start.
My question has to do with phobias and fears. I have some of your CDs about framing your world with your words. I’ve been speaking the Word. But I have a problem with 1 John 4:18 where it says there is no fear in love, that perfect love casts out fear. I deal with phobias and fears basically all my life, like agoraphobia where I haven’t traveled for over 20 years. I know that fear is not of God. Fear is an evil spirit.
Fear is evil. Sometimes it is a spirit, but it’s evil nonetheless. Sometimes
it’s a feeling. Sometimes it’s a force. Sometimes it is an evil spirit. No
matter what, fear is not of God. And we resist fear with the Word of God. We
resist fear with the love of God. Perfect love does cast out fear.
So you’re wondering, where do you get that perfect love? Where do you find that
perfect love? It is only God’s perfect love that casts out fear because only God
has perfect love. My love for you is going to fail. Your spouse's love for you
isn’t going to be enough. Your friend’s love for you isn’t going to be enough.
But God’s love is enough.
And so, what I would encourage you to do is meditate on the love of God. Get
some of our tapes on the love of God. You can even download some things for free
at changinglives.org. Find some material on God’s love and it will show you how
to be delivered from fear because of the love of God. We also have a tape called
“Seven Ways to Drive Your Deepest Fears Away.” Search the Online Bookstore
section of our website and we’ll get you the information that you need.
I have problems with looking at people and seem to look in their face and I get a paranoid feeling, I feel fear. It’s like I’ve lost my confidence, I’m depressed, It’s like I’ve been withdrawing from the world. And I read my Bible every night and try to find the Lord’s peace and I need some guidance on that. I believe and I’m saved and I read the Word nightly. I look for revelation that I can be delivered from this and I haven’t been able to do that yet.
You can and you will be delivered from this. Romans 10:13 says, “All who call
upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. What I want you to do is I want
you to fall on your knees before the Lord and call on the name of the Lord and
say, “Lord Jesus, come and deliver me. Deliver me.” That’s a promise you have in
the Bible. “All who call upon His name will be delivered.” You ask Him, say
“Lord, deliver me from this fear. Deliver me.” Psalm 34:4, “I sought the Lord
and He heard me and He delivered me from all my fears.” You go to Him and you
tell Him, “Lord, deliver me from all my fears. You did it for David, you did it
for Paul. You’ll do it for me.”
And that’s what I would encourage you to start with. And I would also encourage
you with this Scripture, Philippians 4:6-8, that you cast your cares upon Him in
all things with prayer, you make your requests made known to Him and the peace
of God will guard your heart and your mind in Jesus Christ. He’s your Prince of
Peace. You go to Him and you ask him to be that Prince over your heart and He
I’ve not been feeling the joy of the Lord or even peace. I tend to have phobias and fears follow me in my life and it’s like a monkey on my back. I ordered your series on Framing Your World With Your Words and I do that. I speak out the Scriptures but maybe it’s not coming from my head to my heart and that kind of really bothers me.
With regards to fear and you being discouraged because you’re speaking the Word but it doesn’t seem to be working or you think that maybe it’s not in your heart, it is. Keep saying it because it’s getting in your heart. Keep speaking it. The devil would love for you to give up before anything changes. He would love for you to back down before anything changes. That’s his game; to get you to quit before you see any results. You just hang in there and continue to speak God’s Word and continue to believe God’s promises and continue to declare God’s Word out of your mouth.
Here’s a great Scripture for you: 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” And 1 John 4:18 which says, “Perfect love casts out fear.” I think the thing you need to think about and meditate on is how much God loves you and how great His love is towards you because as you are confident in His love, that will drive fear far from your life. So, be confident in the love of God and that fear will leave you.
I’m struggling with fear. I wanted to go on vacation to visit my aunt, but now I don’t because I am afraid of traveling. How do I overcome this fear?
First of all, you need to realize that you are not alone – everybody is
gripped at one time or another with fear or anxiety or panic. And you’ve got to
choose to walk out of it. You’ve got to make up your mind that you are going to
believe the promise of God. God will never leave or forsake you. God will never
break His promise, but you have to exert faith energy in His promise. You have
to make a choice just as you choose to believe that it is unsafe to travel.
God’s promise is not thrust upon you. It’s like a FedEx or UPS package. You can
either sign for it and accept it, or you can reject it and have it returned to
Another thing I want to remind and encourage you about is that a pilot in an
airplane has to trust the instruments. There are times when he feels as if the
plane is going in the wrong direction, but he has to trust the aircraft’s
instruments and what they are telling him rather than what he is feeling. So,
you may be afraid, but you have to put your trust in the instrument of God’s
Word because God’s Word is the instrument that will take you to where you have
to go. Turn your steering wheel toward the promise of God even though you might
still feel those feelings of fear. Eventually those feelings will dissipate and
disappear. The point is that no matter what you feel, you have to walk by faith
and not by sight. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you are
feeling fear you are fearful. Just because those feelings come, they don’t have
power over you. Act on the Word of God, and you will see great things happen in