How to cast out fear and be at peace.
I am writing this on the first day of 2022. And it seems like the world is a stressful and scary place. Jesus knew the times we would be living in when the words of the Bible were written, and he is intimately aware of them now. Matthew 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Which of us would presume to know the numbers of hair on our heads, but God is that aware of us. And how much do we think about, and how concerned are we with our children or other loved ones? But God has this to say about us. Psalm 139:17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. God the Father and Jesus know with the greatest amount of detail, what we are feeling, and the difficulties we are going through. Knowing this is the starting point at living in peace, without fear. But I want to give you tools to precisely replace your feelings of fear with peace. Most people would consider fear to be an emotion. Not unlike sadness, or feeling happy. The Bible states fear is a spirit. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Jesus cast out evil and unclean spirits, and in turn so did his followers. Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick. Fear comes from Satan, fear is a spirit, and spirits must be cast out. Jesus has given his followers authority over this world, and over unclean spirits of all type, including fear. Mark 13: 34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. We need to cast out the spirit of fear by the authority given to us by Jesus, as sons and daughter of God. Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Simply say, “In the name of Jesus I command this spirit of fear to leave me NOW!! Then give thanks to our Lord, and brother Jesus, and to God our Father, that it was done. But it is important to not stop there. Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. After you have cast out the unclean spirit of fear, it is important to not leave your fresh new house, or attitude, or peace of mind, empty. You have to quickly begin filling it with a new spirit of peace, or the spirit of fear can come back seven fold worse then it was. This is the second part of the equation. The title of this article is, “How to cast out fear and be at peace.” Many people think they can be at peace by going to a peaceful park, or a mountain retreat. Or perhaps yoga or eastern meditation can bring them peace. But when you return from either, the world is still as it was or worse, fear returns and the temporary peace you may have achieved is gone. True lasting inner peace comes from knowing and meditating on the good promises of God, that transcend the turmoil of the world and this present age, and extend from now, forward into eternity.
When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can confidently know that we are loved and cared for from that time forward, by the very creator of the universe. When you read any good promise of blessing or protection in the Bible, that are given to a good person, or a holy person, or a righteous person or a perfect person, know with confidence that promise is yours. No man or women who is living, or who has ever lived, are these things, but Jesus is all of them and more. When God looks at you and all your imperfections he sees Jesus, and his righteousness. Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Our faith in Jesus is all we, as ungodly sinners, need to be seen as righteous by God, and worthy of all his blessing and protection. If you come across any curse or plague, or misfortune that is reserved for the wicked in the Bible, you can confidently know that it is no part of your life, or designed as a punishment or correction for you. Don’t be mistaken, actions have consequences, but all things out of your control are in God’s control. Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Jesus was beaten for your healing, crucified for your salvation, made poor that you might become rich, made a cures so you can be freed from all curses and evil. He took sin upon himself, that you have now become his righteousness. There is nothing left for us to do, he has done it all for us! Knowing theses things we begin to repent effortlessly of our old sins and habits. Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? We can begin to live more and more at peace with ourselves and the world, knowing with full assurance that God is at peace with us. When Jesus came into the world the angels proclaimed. Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. God is at peace with his children, and they can in turn live at peace with themselves and with others.