For many years I thought the best way to cast out fear was by simply ignoring it. Every time an anxious thought came to my mind, I would push it aside and not allow myself to dwell on it. The problem with this approach was that the fear would eventually find it’s way back. I never really cast it out, I just delayed it for a while.
When you pull weeds out of a garden, you can’t just yank the top off and not expect it to come back. To really pull it out, you have to dig down and get the root out.
3 Steps to Cast Out Fear the Right Way
Fear is like a weed. To cast out fear the right way we need to get down to the root. Here is a process I learned awhile back that I want to share with you.
1. Consider Your What-If Questions?
What are the what-if questions that are invading your thoughts? What fears are you finding your mind dwelling on? Instead of ignoring these concerns, dig deeper and find the root of it.
2. Follow the Fear Down to the Root
Follow the fear down to the root by allowing your mind to go through all the possible worst-case scenarios. Let yourself go to those dark, hidden places that may be painful and difficult. Allow yourself to feel the emotions.
Once you find the bottom, the next step is the most crucial.
3. Cast Out Fear With God’s Promises
The final step to cast our fear is applying it to the light of Truth. What are some of God’s promises that speak to that specific fear? God’s Word is more powerful than any thought, fear, principality, or power that comes against us. That is why we must not fall short of this final step. God’s Word and perfect, loving promises are what cast out all fear.
Let Me Give You An Example
- What if my husband were to lose his job?
- That would be really hard. That would put a lot of financial stress on our family. I may have to go find a job to support the family. I may not be able to homeschool my kids. We may have to sell our house or our cars. We may end up homeless.
- But God says He will provide for our needs. Philippians 4:19
He promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6
He promises that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Philippians 4:13
Once I follow this process all the way through, then I can choose to not allow my mind to linger on that fear anymore. I can tell myself that I have already worked down to the root of that fear and cast it out with God’s promises. It no longer has any place in my mind.
What fears are you facing today? Let me encourage you to grab a pencil and paper, or open a new note on your phone. Write down the what-if question and follow it to the root. Then ask the Lord to give you a promise to cast it out.