Casting out Fear

by Mike Ratliff

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV)

As God draws us out of darkness into a Spirit-filled walk, we can still become discouraged or fearful when the fires of tribulation, tests, or trials come upon us. The move from walking according to the flesh to walking according to the spirit breaks those self-forged chains of bondage to our flesh that kept us mired in spiritual blindness. That happens as we become Spirit-filled. We become Spirit-filled when we obey God by drawing near unto Him. This is covered in detail in our post Breaking the Chains. God’s ways are not our ways. Submission to the Lordship of Christ brings us rest and freedom. Rebellion against His Lordship puts in bondage and darkness. The Spirit-filled walk is one which has its mind on the things of God. The flesh-bound walk or Soul-led walk is one which has it mind on the things of Men. Therefore, the Spirit-led believer fears only God while the Soul-led walk is full of fear. Fear of what? Isn’t it a fear of having to submit to others? The Spirit-led believer submits to others for Christ’s sake. The Spirit-led walk is one that is free of fear of the unknown while the Soul-led walk is anxious about everything. Continue reading