Freedom From Fear

  • 1 John 4:18 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.
  • Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The only fear we should have is a fear of the Lord (Joshua 24:14), a reverence for who He is and what He has done. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom and it will keep us away from sin. True reverence for God should cause us to serve him in all faithfulness.

Some fears can be dealt with by the renewing of our minds (see topic Take Control of Your Mind), by understanding the Word of God when it comes to fear, and realizing that we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-discipline. There is another type of fear that is actually crippling. This type is a spiritual oppression and may start with thoughts or symptoms. Such fear requires more than a shaking off and a renewing of the mind; it requires freedom from the enemy. Oppressive fear renders a person powerless, scared, fearful of many things and this is a spiritual battle that is won through deliverance. Jesus came to proclaim freedom to the prisoners and to release the oppressed so the price for freedom has already been paid. The Word says that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Another type of fear is the fear of man. It is the fear of being rejected, wondering what others will think, doing or saying things to please man. Our responsibility is to obey God and to please Him. Let your fear be a reverential fear of God that will lead you to obey Him even when it’s not popular with men. If God gives you direction not to go to see a certain movie and your friends are applying pressure for you to go, obey God. Remember, Jesus did not seek to be popular but to do the will of His Father. You are called to do the same.

Note: Do not misinterpret wisdom for fear. There is wisdom in not jumping off a 40 meter cliff rather than not jumping out of fear.

How to be free of fear:
  1. Know God and the covenant you have with Him. Know who you are in Christ. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
  2. Meditate on the verse 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) and let it take root in your spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you.
  3. Do as Philippians 4:6-7 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  4. When fear comes, renew your mind. Take authority over the oppression in the Name of Jesus – bind it and command it to go.
  5. If the fear is more intense, you can pray in the Spirit for as long as required commanding fear to go in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth until you are set free.
  6. If the fear incapacitates you and you are not able to be set free on your own or would like assistance, you should talk to your church leadership to find out if they do freedom or deliverance ministry like Jesus and obtain your freedom. (See topic Casting Out Demons)
  7. Do not quit until you are free. Don’t learn to live with it, to cope with it. Jesus came to set the captives free and freedom belongs to you.


Call to action:
If you experience fear on a regular basis, determine to be set free. Take the necessary measures by taking authority yourself or having someone who understands demonic oppression to take authority. Jesus came to set the captives free and you have a right to live in freedom and peace.