Cast Out Fear

I have often heard, and perhaps even written, about fear being combated with faith. However, faith, on its own, is not enough. When fear is filling my heart and mind with statements that are both true and false, I find simply mustering up statements of truth has little power.

1John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” I like that phrase: “casts out”. Isn’t fear often like an unwelcomed visitor? We can ask it politely to leave and even try bringing in other things to fill our heart, but one thing, one Person actually, has the authority to cast it out.

Petersheim Baby

There are many scary things happening in our world today and I have the privilege and fearful responsibility of bringing a small child into the middle of the chaos. What if the end times are here? What if all we’ve heard described as the tribulations and sufferings of this world passing away is about to come to pass? Can I protect my child from the woes and monsters of this age? No, I cannot.

But, Love…Perfect Love can cast out my fear and give me peace.

I’m brought back to a familiar scene in the life of Christ. Jesus and His disciples are out in the boat on a stormy night. Jesus is sleeping. The disciples are bailing. Fear says, “You will die in this storm.” The disciples believe fear. They awake Jesus and ask, “Don’t you care?” It wasn’t a question of whether or not He had the ability to save them, but whether or not He would.

Love. Love, perfected by an ultimate act of sacrifice we cannot fully understand, extends His hand and says, “Come. Abide in Me. Know Me and know My peace.”

My child is safe in Him. Fear, you must leave.

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About Anna Petersheim

Anna is a housewife who enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, writing, blogging, cooking, and walking with Jesus. Her career choice might best be described as a pilgrim, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14) VOICE Involvement: 2005 (TESOL); 2007 (V2); 2013 (Team Leader); 2014 (Northwoods Staff); 2015-2016 (TESOL Coordinator) Favorite VOICE Memory: It wasn’t just one moment, but a conglomeration of memories of Staff prayer times. I loved working with the students, but I think the real “work” took place in the office with all the Staff on their knees, crying out for God to work. It was from those nights I found God’s grace and leading in the everyday highs and lows. I’m so grateful to work with a Staff that prays.

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