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 its 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.
When we think about casting out fear there are some other questions we need to consider:
- What does the Bible say about casting out fear?
- Why does the Bible say do not fear?
- How do I cast out the spirit of fear?
These are all questions I want to address.
What Does the Bible Say About Casting Out Fear?
There are many verses that discuss overcoming fear, but I want to focus on one main passage. We read in 1 John 4 that perfect love casts out fear kjv.
“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, we also are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:16-18 NASB
This verse shows us that we have been, and are being, perfected, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment. Therefore, we have no reason to fear! It doesn’t matter what happens to us in this life and doesn’t matter what man may do to us because our future is secure in Christ.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 NASB
God is our ultimate judge and the one to whom we must give an account.
But guess what!?!
If we are in Christ, we are already accepted in His sight!
Why Does the Bible Say Do Not Fear?
There are many other verses in the Bible that tell us why we do not need to fear.
God Is With Us
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 NASB
We don’t have to fear because God promises that He will always be with us wherever we go. We can rest in the fact that He is always close by.
God Comforts Us
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 NASB
God is our comforter. When we are afraid we can run to Him and He surrounds us with peace and joy in His presence.
God Will Provide for Us
“Are two sparrows not sold for an assertion? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than a great number of sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31 NASB
God promises to provide all that we need. We don’t ever have to fear because we are of great value to Him and He will give us the things we need.
3 Steps to Cast Out the Spirit of Fear
Like I mentioned earlier, 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 a while 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 up with That would…
Follow up your “what if…” question with “that would…”. 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.
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 But God Will…
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 loving promises are what cast out all fear.
- But God 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.
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Bible Verses to Cast Out Fear
Here are just a few more verses you can use to help you apply God’s truth to your fears.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. – John 14:1-3
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
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