The Opposite of Fear

I have been talking with many brothers and sisters over the past while who have been feeling intense fear.

Fear is a spirit.  It opens the door for deception, sickness, depression and many others.

The only way to be free fear is to live in its opposite.  Its opposite is not courage, for courage is still fighting with fear.

The opposite of fear is Love (Agape, God in His unconditional love).

Look what John writes, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love" (1 John 4:18).

Fear is rooted in punishment, where a person says, ‘Oh, God doesn't really love me and I am under His condemnation.’

But we have to realize and experience is that God loves us no matter what.  He demonstrated how much He loves us even when we WERE His enemies and dead in our sins, He forgave us of every sin, saved us and raised us up with Christ (Rom. 5:8; Col. 2:5, 13; Ephesians 2:4-10).  

The old you died with Christ; it was judged and cast away.  It doesn't exist any more since you were raised to newness of life in Christ (see Romans 6).  There is no more condemnation for you, for you are in the spirit (Romans 8:1).

Fear will have you look at the flesh. Love will have you look at the Spirit.

To be free from fear (and to solve every other issue) two things are essential to know and experience:

1. Who God is!  Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit are love (1 John 4: 8, 16).  There is no fear in God.  Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit do not operate in fear.  All They do and are is self-giving, other-centred love.  They love others more than Themselves. 

2. Who you are!  As God is (Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit is) so are you now in this world (1 John 4:17).  You are not merely becoming love.  You are love now.  You are a sharer in their divine nature (2 Peter 4:2).  As there is no fear in God, there is no fear in you.  As there is no evil, demon, sickness, sin deception, death in God; there is none of this in you.  When you believe the gospel, you will experience this more and more.  You will KNOW (experience) the Truth and the Truth will set you free.  In love, your eyes will be taken off of yourself and put on Abba, Jesus and Holy Spirit and on others. 

God always loves each person made in His image and likeness.  Know this because “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins….We love because he first loved us” (1 John 5:10, 19).  He changed you from being a slave under fear to being an adopted son so that you can call Him “Abba, Daddy” (Romans 8:15).

Child of Abba, your Daddy wants you to see you are in relationship with Him, your Big Brother Jesus and your All-Powerful Friend Holy Spirit.  No bully can stand up to this Family.  Fear has nothing to do with God and it has nothing to do with you in Him.

Fear not! Rejoice in Love!