Perfect Love Casts Out Fear
Fear is an awful thing. Fear paralyzes. Fear holds you in its grip. People are afraid bad things will happen to them because God is not happy or because people might do `black magic` on them.
People go to temples to do their rituals, to perform their rites. They try to satisfy their gods. They do things for the gods so that the gods will do good things for them. We might call that bribing or manipulating the gods. People come with their fears in order to relieve their fears. And they leave again in fear.
Fear just doesn’t go away.
They put special ‘good luck charms’ in their purses or under their pillows at night. This is their way of controlling evil spirits from making bad things happen in their lives. To live in fear is an awful way to live.
I share these things with you because I hear about them alot. Many share their fears with me. It makes me sad to hear that people believe others who tell them to ‘keep this oil’ or “keep this letter closed for three days’ and good things will happen to you.
Why do so many people believe them? Those who believe their stories are being controlled by them. Why not believe what God says in His Word? He made us and He is able to take care of us! The problem is people know deep down that there is something wrong in their relationship with God.
The answer to all your fears is believing in Jesus. He is God’s answer! Have no doubt about it. This is the truth! Christ paid the full penalty for the sin of all who believe on Him. The Bible says that through His death on the cross “He destroyed him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
Christ made perfect satisfaction to God for the sin of all who believe on Him. One young lady shared with me this past week, ‘I now believe in Christ. I no longer feel the need to bribe God. He loves me in Christ. I no longer fear evil spirits or demons.’
The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…”