“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
Satan uses and plays on one of the basic elements and instincts of our nature--fear. It is natural for finite man to fear--especially the fear of the unknown, the fear of being hurt and the fear of death. There is nothing more Satan would like than to see us paralyzed with fear just like King Saul when facing the Philistines and Goliath.
Why do we allow fear to be so controlling? On the one hand, we have past experiences that we don’t want to relive and on the other hand, we are very hesitant about what might lie ahead. But often the events and situations creating most fear in people have no basis in reality.
All fear is based on perception. Thus, fear has been described in the English language as an acronym for “False Evidence Appearing Real”. If we could consciously remember this, it would help us to allay many fears. But that false evidence sometimes is so convincing! However, we must always realize that dread and fear--like other tactics of the enemy--are based on a lie. This is why throughout the Scriptures we are repeatedly commanded--366 times--to “fear not.” It is intensely liberating for our witness when we personally overcome the fear of death. This allows us to focus on Christ and His kingdom.
Today do not allow Satan’s favorite tactic of fear and intimidation to conquer you in any way.